The reality is that most of us are living through 2020 from behind a screen, whether it’s a phone or a laptop. Our jobs are virtual. Our children’s education is online. Even birthdays and dating are now a matter of booting up video chat. It only follows that our hobbies are following suit—certainly, and by necessity, travel. Certainly we’ve all been, er, driven to find interesting ways to travel while not actually leaving the house. With road trips less than advisable and flights grounded, your screen has become the hottest destination for pandemic 2020.
If you love to experience a new city by driving through it, right now you canuse the app Heroku to take a car ride through many cities around the world without worrying about breaking quarantine or the panic of worrying about what side of the street you’re supposed to be on. The app does all the work like your very own international Uber. The app’s “Drive & Listen” link puts you in the front seat for a cruide through 24 different cities in 16 different countries, from Rio de Janeiro, to Los Angeles, to London, to Moscow, to Tokyo.
Brought to you by the developer Erkam, the drive experience grants you the ability to increase your car’s speed, take in the noise from outside (as if your car windows are rolled down) and listen to five radio stations from around the world.
If you’re in the mood to enhance the realism of your road trip, you can pair the Heroku app with another service that allows you to tune into radio stations from around the world.
Listen to radio stations the world over
Radio Garden is another service that allows you to listen to radio stations from around the globe—perhaps while enjoying your virtual drive, as all of the cities featured in the Heroku app are available in Radio Garden. The site will request to use your location data to offer up a list of local stations across all genres, but by rotating the globe, highlighted green dots will allow you to click anywhere in the world and to listen radio stations from remote locales.
With apps for both iOS and Android, Radio Garden permits its users to save favourite stations, search for different stations based on location and even add a station that aren’t listed on the given map. The app is ad-supported, but you can pay a one-time fee of a few bucks for an ad-free version—and support the developers in the bargain.