Picture of the Day:  Our Beautiful World

Travel has declined dramatically over the past couple of years with the recession. Airline ticket costs, gas prices, and unemployment rates conditioned folks to stay closer to home for vacations and holidays.

It is important however, to find some way to see the the breadth and variety of what is out there.

English: The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy Pols...

English: The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy Polski: Krzywa Wieża w Pizie, szczyt wieży (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The complete mind-blowing beauty that exists in different parts of the world.

So if you can’t jump on a plane to see what is out there in person, try Google Earth (free to download). My daughter and I will sit down and write an itinerary of where we want to go. And then sit down at the computer, pretend we are flying to Italy (as we watch the Globe rotate from Boston to Italy). The first place she chose was the Leaning Tower of Pisa. So we went there, and was able to see From there, we visited the 7 wonders of the world.

It’s not the same thing, but it give you a sense of the variety of landscapes, colors, textures, and wonders all over the world.

Try it. Google Earth.