Take a Break With a View Out of Someone Elses Window

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With COVID-19 case numbers skyrocketing in the U.S. and other countries restricting who can and cannot cross their borders, we may not be able to travel abroad for a while. Heck, it’s not a great idea to travel, period, even within our nation’s borders. But being stuck at home and bored with your surroundings doesn’t mean you can’t experience a different view.

WindowSwap is a website that instantly transports you to a video view from someone else’s window, somewhere else in the world. Simply go to the site, click the button, and enjoy the sights and sounds from far-flung places like San Francisco, Singapore, Bangalore and Montreal.

Illustration for article titled Take a Break With a View Out of Someone Elses Window

Screenshot: Emily Long

The video will pop up in a new window. Each view includes a credit with the uploader’s name and location, and you can easily jump to another view (selected at random) by clicking that option at the bottom of your screen. This means you can spend all day traveling around the world while sitting on your own couch in front of your own boring window.

Because the window views on WindowSwap include sound, you’ll get the full immersive experience of being in someone else’s space—complete with the birds chirping, plates banging and buses driving by in the background.

You can also submit the view from your own window to be included in the tool. All you need is a 10-minute, horizontal HD video of your view, which you’ll send to [email protected] along with your name and location. While your video must be horizontal, your window can be any size or shape. It doesn’t have to be fancy—the best part about WindowSwap is that it feels like a real experience rather than a highly produced virtual tour.