11/20/2013 07:25 am ET

Google Maps Travel: See The World From Your Desk Chair

Everyone needs a break now and then, but unfortunately vacation days are few and far between. Don't stress though, you can fill your craving for world travels without even leaving your desk chair -- by traversing the globe via Google Maps.

Most of us know Google Maps as a handy tool for getting from one place to the next. The street-view feature allows you to visualize your destination so you know exactly where you're going.

But Google Maps can also be used to transport yourself to somewhere beautiful and far away, just by doing a search and some virtual exploring.

1. Venice, Italy

Google recently added Venice to their catalogue of mapped locations. Watch the video above for a taste of the Italian city.

2. The Grand Canyon

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Follow the Bright Angel Trail and take in those epic, sweeping views of one of America's best natural attractions.

3. Paris, France Because everyone could use a quick little trip to La Ville-Lumièr.

4. The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

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The full 360 degree panoramic view should satisfy your historical travel craving.

5. Seychelles Seychelles is consistently lauded for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. See for yourself. 6. Mount Fuji If you want to make the trek, but don't yet have the guts, you can take a virtual tour of the UNESCO site. Begin at the trailhead and make your way up the mountain. 7. Rio Negro The Rio Negro (Black River) is the largest left tributary of the Amazon and the largest blackwater river on the planet. 8. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada Can't make it to the slopes? Get your fill of sweeping views from the top of 7th Heaven at Whistler Blackcomb. 9. Chichen Itza, Mexico Chicen Itza archeological site transports you all the way back to Mayan civilization. You can transport there via Google. 10. Cape of Good Hope, South Africa Take a peak at this classic bucket list destination. It's a far journey in real life, but you'll be in there in seconds this way.


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