Want to see the Seven Wonders of the World, but find yourself just shy of funds for that thousand-dollar plane ticket?
Your salvation is here: behold Google Sightseeing, a sweet website dedicated to showing travel-hungry people little-seen parts of the world, all for free via Google Earth.
Under the tagline of “Why bother seeing the world for real?” the site’s authors present an array of “weird and wonderful sights,” a handful per week, in both full article form and street view snippets with snarky commentary.
They range from dilapidated Olympic stadiums all over the world to hidden towns in Florida built entirely by Disney, and often have themed weeks, such as this week’s “Island Week.”
They aren’t affiliated with Google, but they’re pretty savvy with the mega-site’s technology and provide a much cooler way to goof off with Google Maps than searching for all of your friends’ houses.
And although we’d still rather explore the world for real, until that actually happens, this awesome site will do just fine.