We’re all trying our best to create a new normal during the coronavirus pandemic. In order to do our part to help flatten the curve, many Canadians are working from home, including all of us here at Flight Centre. With remote meetings becoming an everyday occurrence, we thought we’d share how we manage to make them a little more interesting: virtual backgrounds.
In addition to helping to preserve your privacy while you’re working from home, virtual backgrounds are an easy way to inject a little fun and personality into your day. In our case, they can serve as a great conversation starter (like showing people the first destination you’ll be travelling to once it’s safe to do so).
Expert Tip: If you’re a potato, you’ve gone too far.
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1. Koh Yao Noi, Thailand
This island and its twin, Ko Yao Yai, are removed from the flocks of tourists that frequent some of Thailand’s famous beaches. Here, you’ll enjoy clear waters, expansive views, and long stretches of sand almost to yourself.
2. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
You can spend a day exploring the waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to unbelievable natural beauty.
3. Isle of Skye, Scotland
Isle of Skye is a photographer’s and a nature lover’s dream! Known for some of the most dramatic and stunning mountain scenery in the world, the island’s infinite views are worth renting a car for to experience in person.
4. Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
Try dipping a little further south for your next tropical escape! Costa Rica’s varied elevation and precipitation levels hold 12 different climate zones boasting everything from healthy coral reefs and mangrove wetlands to its famous otherworldly Cloud Forest.
5. Marble Caves, Chile
The wave-sculpted caves of the General Carrera Lake are so remote, you just might miss them. But follow a guide by boat to this natural phenomenon and what you’ll find may be the highlight of your trek through Patagonia.
6. Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia
Movie buffs know the Namib Desert from flashy Hollywood features like Mad Max: Fury Road, 10,000 BC, The Mummy, and many more. Photographers know it as the only place to get that shot. Of course, there’s plenty of wildlife to see too, with Etosha National Park and its endangered black rhinos, giraffes and a more than healthy cheetah population.
7. Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland
One of the top ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world, the dramatic Reynisfjara Beach gets its black sand from the cooled lava that washes ashore from the ocean.
8. Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
Head out to Madagascar to uncover a land filled with unusual wildlife, natural phenomena, and incredible landscapes, not the least of which is the impossibly picturesque Avenue of the Baobabs!
9. YuanYang County, China
High up in the Ailao mountains, sunlight seems to take on new characteristics. If you time your visit well, you’ll catch the colourful mosaic dancing on YuanYang County’s many terraced rice paddies.
10. Milford Sound, New Zealand
Marvel at Milford Sound, once dubbed the “eighth” Wonder of the World, this fjord was spectacularly carved out by ice age glaciers and makes for a heck of a boat tour.
11. Chefchaouen, Morocco
This blue-washed city is not much of a secret anymore, but it’s certainly still worth the detour! Just know that only the early birds will manage to get that perfect shot for the ‘gram.
12. Praia da Marinha, Portugal
Perhaps one of the most recognizable and iconic beaches in the Algarve, Praia da Marinha is surrounded by dramatic, golden cliffs, and lapped by crystal-clear, azure waters. Despite its popularity, the beach is relatively secluded. The only way to get to it is by descending a flight of stairs from the top of the cliffs.