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I took a cheap VIRTUAL vacation with Zuckerberg’s “Metaverse” headset – it was so good I took a nap on my real floor

I ONLY vacationed at the beach AND in the mountains – without leaving my house.

It turns out that vacationing in the metaverse has its perks.

I took a trip to a virtual beach - you can even do a quick workout

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I took a trip to a virtual beach – you can even do a quick workoutPhoto credit: Meta/Owlchemy Labs
The frolicking in the sea is surprisingly dry in the Metaverse

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The frolicking in the sea is surprisingly dry in the MetaversePhoto credit: Meta/Owlchemy Labs
Here's what you look like wearing a $299/£299 Meta Quest 2 headset

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Here’s what you look like wearing a $299/£299 Meta Quest 2 headsetPhoto credit: Meta

First of all, I didn’t have to pack, look for my passport or rush to an airport.

I just put on the Meta Quest 2 – Mark Zuckerberg’s increasingly popular virtual reality Metaverse headset.

After a few minutes I had installed and loaded a VR app called Vacation Simulator.

It’s a sequel to the immensely popular (and surprisingly fun) Job Simulator.

The premise is that we are in a future world where robots have replaced human jobs.

With the Job Simulator you can experience what it used to be like to work – in the office, as a mechanic or in the car.

Vacation Simulator is the obvious sequel: Experience how people used to (ie now) spend their time when they were “not working”.

My vacation began in a hotel, where I was greeted by a floating robot that helped me find my way.

She led me into the bathroom where I could sort my hair, trim my old beard and dye myself a bleach blonde. nice stuff

And then, like on a real vacation, I went straight to the hotel bed to lie down.

The bed was very roomy and comfortable – probably because I was actually lying flat on the floor on my living room carpet.

There was a basketball in my virtual room, so I got up to shoot some hoops. The physics are spot on (so I was understandably rubbish) but I managed to get a few in.

Tired from my athletic performance, I grabbed a virtual juice from my e-fridge.

It didn’t taste like much (or rather anything), but the gurgling sounds from the headset were oddly stifling.

play games

Next, I went to the TV, popped a cassette into a console, grabbed a virtual joystick, and started playing a text adventure game about the vacation.

I didn’t miss the irony.

I also tried another cartridge that loaded a Mario-style side-scrolling platformer.

In fact, for a brief moment while playing on the virtual TV, I forgot that none of it was real.

Anyway, it was a lot of fun – so who cares?

At this point, I realized that I hadn’t actually left the hotel room. Oops!

So I went out to the beach, where I lay on the sand for a bit and read a book about coconuts.

I dove into the sea for a quick dip and even dunked my head.

The tone changed and I felt immersed in the underwater world. I even took a shell as a souvenir.

It’s still in my virtual backpack, waiting for me in Zuckerberg’s digital realm.

I grabbed a sun hat from the beach store because I’m not entirely convinced I can’t get sunburned in virtual reality.

And then I decided it was time for a change of scenery.

The fun never stops…until it does

The next stop was Vacation Island’s mountain resort.

It was a lot colder so I wasn’t planning on hanging out long – but I managed to find a hot tub.

A robot tells me that I can experience the stunning viewpoint once I collect “more memories” – the game’s currency – to unlock the area.

Unfortunately I didn’t feel like working on my vacation so I went back to the hotel and decided that was enough vacation for one day.

I was surprised how much fun my virtual vacation was.

And there’s so much more to do in this weird meta-world that I’m itching to go back.

The big advantage is that my virtual vacation was significantly cheaper than a real one.

And it’s a quick way to get a taste of vacation when you don’t have one on the horizon.

But really, all my virtual vacation made me want even more desperately for a real one.

Maybe the metaverse doesn’t replace reality after all.

You can buy Vacation Simulator through the Meta/Oculus Store for £22.99/$29.99.

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You can put on an eye mask for a quick jump into your virtual hotel's meta bed

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You can put on an eye mask for a quick jump into your virtual hotel’s meta bedPhoto credit: Meta/Owlchemy Labs
Use your real hands to interact with virtual objects

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Use your real hands to interact with virtual objectsPhoto credit: Meta/Owlchemy Labs
The virtual hot tub is not as warm as it looks

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The virtual hot tub is not as warm as it looksPhoto credit: Meta/Owlchemy Labs
The robots in Vacation Simulator are surprisingly charismatic - but they're not my ideal vacation companions

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The robots in Vacation Simulator are surprisingly charismatic – but they’re not my ideal vacation companionsPhoto credit: Meta/Owlchemy Labs
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