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    03 June 2019

    Lauren Goldman

    Explore the world with Google Earth

    Thanks to Google Earth, you can view amazing sites without trekking up mountains or encountering scary animals. Here is our pick of the top experiences.

    While you may not be able to travel the globe in one lifetime, you can view some amazing sites from the comfort of your couch, thanks to Google Earth. Here's where to go.

    10,000 Years of Volcanoes

    From Mount Vesuvius in Italy to Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, you can discover fiery mountains from the safety of your home. The collection comes from the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program (GVP), which is a database of more than 1,400 volcanoes and eruptions over 10,000 years.

    Click here to explore 10,000 Years of Volcanoes.

    Most Popular Vistas and Lookouts

    There’s no better person to recommend a place than a resident of that place. Here, local reviewers share their favourite viewpoints around the world. Highlights include the Grand Canyon in the United States, the idyllic turquoise waters in Thailand, epic mountains seen from a glass platform in Mexico, and panoramic views of Brazil from a glass elevator.

    Click here to explore the Most Popular Vistas and Lookouts.

    The Grand Canyon in Arizona is one of the world's most popular vistas
    The Grand Canyon in Arizona in the US
    Outdoor Swimming Spots

    Relive summer by exploring waters around the world. Dive into a swimming hole in Samoa, discover an oasis among the rocks in Oman and relax in a natural hot tub in the Yellowstone National Park. Of course, no list of the best waters in the world is complete without a mention of Cape Town – here, Google Earth's guides invite you to swim with penguins at Boulders Beach.

    Click here to explore Outdoor Swimming Spots.

    Game of Thrones Locations

    This fantasy series was one of the most talked-about events of the decade for many reasons, among them the striking settings that brought George RR Martin's books to life. While you may not be able to travel from Croatia to Ireland and back again to visit these scenes in person, you can explore them on Google Earth. Look out for King's Landing in Dubrovnik, the Towers of Winterfell in North Ireland and the Dothraki Sea in the south of Navarra in Spain. 

    Click here to explore the Game of Thrones Locations.

    Psst ... in case you missed it, you can watch the full Game of Thrones series as well as the behind-the-scenes documentary on Showmax. Plus, don't forget to add your Showmax subscription to your Vodacom bill to make your viewing access even easier.

    The bridge used for the Long Bridge of Volantis is in Cordoba in Spain
    The bridge used for the Long Bridge of Volantis is in Córdoba, Spain.

    Iconic Women of Science

    Some of the most remarkable innovations in history were discovered and created by women. Follow in the footsteps of pioneers such as NASA's Katherine Johnson, fossil hunter Mary Anning and astronaut Valentina Tereshkova with this collection.

    Click here to follow in the footsteps of Iconic Women of Science.

    This is only a sample of amazing female innovators: read about five scientific inventions by South African women.

    Katherine Johnson from NASA is one of the world's most remarkable female innovators
    NASA (captured here at night) is one of the places you can explore.

    Immerse yourself in the Google Earth experience with a top-of-the-range phone. The Samsung Galaxy A70 boasts a 6.7-inch screen and an expansive 20:9 aspect ratio. Upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy A70 now and get exploring!

    Header photo by Suzy Hazelwood from Pexels

    Lauren Goldman