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5 Apps That Offer A Virtual Trip To Summer Olympics In Rio de Janeiro

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | August 08, 2016

5 Apps That Offer A Virtual Trip To Summer Olympics In Rio de Janeiro

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The 2016 Summer Olympics from Rio de Janeiro have arrived, leaving millions to enjoy the experience from home.

The journey to the Summer or Winter Games is truly a remarkable trip you wouldn’t soon forget. However, it’s also a luxury so few of us will ever get to have. Thankfully, we live in an age wherein we can glimpse what a vacation filled with awesome athletics looks like.

We have compiled some online tools you can download and utilize if you want to whisk yourself instantly off to Rio during commercial breaks.

Until you finally get the chance to procure an Olympic holiday, these will have to remain the next best option.


An app we recently had the pleasure of trying, uZoom lets you see various parts of the world without ever leaving the comforts of your own home.

As the tweet below illustrates, the app is enjoying a grand rollout for the Olympics, which is great news for those who want a peek. It’s essentially like Uber but for one-to-one video feeds of a specific area. At just a penny a second, you can view various neighborhoods and pretend you are there.

NBC Sports:

NBC Sports’ app is a great way to stay tuned into the games, even when you are away from the television.

However, one of the less-heralded aspects of the tech tool is its live feed of Copacabana Beach. Just slip into your bikini and click away.

READ MORE: The Road to Rio: Our 2016 Olympic Coverage So Far


Once you get past its steep learning curve and the difficulty to actually find anyone to follow, Snapchat becomes an exciting social media tool all the cool kids are using. The app currently touts a Rio feed that should have you locked into all the action.

Notable follows are Simone Biles (simonebiles), Ryan Lochte (ryanlochte) and Serena Williams (serenaunmatched).


Instagram was already a wonderful tool to view various parts of the world. But with its new Stories innovation you can follow along with daily updates similar (Read: The same as) Snapchat.

Notable follows for the Olympics include Team USA (@teamusa), Rio 2016 (@Rio2016) and NBC Olympics (@nbcolympics).


Periscope lets you follow along with frivolity and sporting events thanks to users who decide to broadcast from the expanse of Rio, and while you don’t get to pick what you are viewing, looking at various feeds remains free.

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