Take a Virtual Vacation With Relaxing Sounds From 50 Travel Destinations Around the World

A gondola ride in Venice sounds as tranquil as it looks.
A gondola ride in Venice sounds as tranquil as it looks. / KaLisa Veer, Unsplash

Seeing the sights may be the most exciting part of visiting a new place, but hearing the sounds is also integral to really immersing yourself in the experience—whether it’s the soft lap of ocean waves or the steady chatter of customers in a market square.

To give you an eclectic auditory vacation, personal development website Unify Cosmos has created a soundboard with background noise from 50 travel destinations around the globe. The collection is meant to relax and rejuvenate you, so you won’t hear too many honking cars in chaotic metropolises or similarly cacophonous getaways.

Instead, you’ll encounter some of the best tranquil tones that the world has to offer. If you always use your PTO to head to a sunny beach, you might like a virtual jaunt to Makena Beach in Maui, Hawaii, or the Corniche waterfront in Abu Dhabi. If you prefer your trips to have more trees—and the wildlife that inhabits them—you’ll probably enjoy the talkative birds of Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India, and the wind whistling through South Korea's Juknokwon bamboo forest.

Makena Beach in Maui, Hawaii.
Makena Beach in Maui, Hawaii. / dronepicr, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

You can take a gondola ride through the canals of Venice, Italy, or a train ride through the Swiss Alps. The project also reveals the tranquil side of some big cities—gentle rain in London, for example, or a walk through Central Park in New York City.

To explore the soundboard, drag your cursor to different spots on the wheel here. Since Unify Cosmos sourced everything from YouTube, you can also click the information icon in the top right corner for direct links to each track, many of which have video footage to accompany the audio.