Your Quarantine Virtual Vacation Guide Book
April 2, 2020
Covid-19 quarantine got you down? Already getting frustrated with your new UNO online class platform? Stuck inside your home and starting to climb the yellow wallpapered walls, wondering if and when you’ll be able to rejoin a post-coronavirus society? Don’t worry, Privateers! The world will probably be fine! Until then, take advantage of these new online platforms! No, I’m not talking about Moodle or Zoom! I’m talking about the digital destinations for your quarantine virtual vacations!
Los Santos, San Andreas (Grand Theft Auto V 2013. PC, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
If you’d like a break from the South, head out west to the Vinewood hills of Los Santos, San Andreas. Grab a shiny new car and race through the streets from Grove Street to Vinewood Boulevard. Rent a bike or a jet ski and visit the sandy Vespuci Beach. Stay fit with daily yoga classes and marathons held throughout the state. Want to go off the grid? Head to the remote community of Sandy Shores or hike the mysterious Mt. Chiliad. Satisfy your competitive streak by playing tennis or golf with your friends or get your own condo, kick back with a drink and enjoy some quality television.
Pelican Town, Stardew Valley (Stardew Valley 2016. PC, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and more)
If the tedious nature of your nine-to-five job and class schedule is crushing your soul, then it’s time for you to take a trip to Stardew Valley. Having received the deed to a plot of land from your dearly departed Grandfather, it’s up to you to create the thriving farm you’ve always dreamed of. After a hard day’s labor, take a rest in nearby Pelican Town. Eat and drink with the locals, join their festivities, and you may find yourself falling in love. Become a part of the valley’s community and see what the farmer’s life has to offer.
San Francisco, US (Watch Dogs 2 2016. PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One)
Are you going to San Francisco? Make sure to have your smartphone with you to track everything the Bay Area has to offer in Watch Dogs 2. Take selfies in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. Become an urban explorer and capture some amazing street art around the city. And you’ll want to have your camera app ready for when you bump into movie stars and cultists! But that’s not all. The tech companies of Silicon Valley are upping their security with Blume’s ctOS 2.0 security system after DedSec hacktivists launched multiple attacks against perfectly legitimate tech giants who misuse users’ data here and there. If Silicon Valley isn’t for you, you can head to Chicago and see where the digital resistance to Blume started in the first Watch Dogs.
Ancient Greece 431 BC (Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey 2017. PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One)
Take a trip through time to 431 BC and witness the beauty that is Ancient Greece. See what life was like in the great city of Athens and meet historical philosophers such as Sophocles and Herodotus. And, thanks to Animus Tech, Abstergo Entertainment can offer you other glimpses into the past, such as 15th Century Rome, 18th Century Boston and even New Orleans during the French and Indian War.
New Bordeau, La (Mafia 3 2017. PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One)
Missing the nightlife of New Orleans’ French Quarter? Then take a trip to 1960’s New Bordeaux! Drive through familiar areas inspired by 1960’s New Orleans. Enjoy some time driving through the bayou, have yourself a drink at a local bar or drive around New Bordeaux leaving mayhem and destruction in your wake. You know you’ve wanted to enjoy that kind of action around New Orleans. Now you can!
Saint-Denis, Lemoyne (Red Dead Redemption 2 2018. PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One)
Do you know what would make New Orleans even cooler? Cowboys! Don your spurs, put on your cowboy hat, learn some o’ them new cuss’ words and travel back in time to 1899. Saint-Denis offers some of the most exotic comforts in the great state of Lemoyne. Take in the shows of magicians, dancers and Margaret, the World’s Greatest Female Animal Wrangler! During the day, adventure into the swamps of Lemoyne on your self-led swamp tour. By night, enjoy the wine, food and card games offered throughout Saint-Denis. Beware of dark alleyways, however. You may become the next victim of the Vampire of Saint-Denis!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2020 (Nintendo Switch)
If your happy place is on the beach, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, then Animal Crossing: New Horizons is for you! Join Nook Inc.’s latest venture and start your new life on your very own island. Craft your tools, gather your resources, take out a few loans and turn your island into a luxurious, remote get-away. But won’t you be lonely on a deserted island? Nope! Thanks to Dodo Airlines your friends can come to visit your island whenever you want. Trade resources, visit each other’s shops for new furniture, clothes, and accessories or just spend time playing music around the bonfire.
Just because we’re in quarantine doesn’t mean we can’t venture out to new places. Enjoy your trip, take some pictures and get some stories ready to share with your fellow Privateers when you’re back on campus!
Pic Caption: Rent a speed boat and race through the waves of Vespuci Beach in Brand Theft Auto V. https://ccsearch.creativecommons.org/photos/ae4c64c6-4e87-4532-9315-13af0e5169ed