I went on a cheap VIRTUAL vacation with Zuckerberg’s ‘metaverse’ headset – it was so good I napped on my real floor

I JUST went on vacation to the beach AND the mountains – without leaving my home.

Turns out going on vacation in the metaverse has benefits.


I went to a virtual beach – you can even do a quick workoutCredit: Meta/Owlchemy Labs
Frolicking in the sea is surprisingly dry in the metaverse


Frolicking in the sea is surprisingly dry in the metaverseCredit: Meta/Owlchemy Labs
This is what you look like wearing a $299 / £299 Meta Quest 2 headset


This is what you look like wearing a $299 / £299 Meta Quest 2 headsetCredit: Meta

For starters, I didn’t have to pack, find my passport, or rush to an airport.

I just donned 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 hugely popular (and surprisingly hilarious) Job Simulator.

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

So you can use the Job Simulator to experience what it once was like to work – in the office, as a mechanic or in a car.

Vacation Simulator is the obvious sequel: experience how people from the past (ie today) spent their time when they were not at work.

My vacation started in a hotel, where I was greeted by a floating robot that helped me get my bearings.

She led me to the bathroom, where I could sort my hair, trim the old beard, and give myself a bleach blonde paint job. Delicious stuff.

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

The bed was very spacious 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 again to shoot some hoops. The physics is perfect (so I was understandably bullshit), but I still managed to get a few in.

Tired of my meter sportsmanship, I grabbed a virtual juice from my e-refrigerator.

It didn’t taste like much (or really nothing), but the hissing sounds from the headset were oddly deafening.

Playing games

Then I went to the TV, put a cartridge in a console, grabbed a virtual joystick and started playing a text adventure game about going on vacation.

The irony had not escaped me.

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

For a moment, as I played on the virtual TV, I basically forgot that none of this was real.

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

That’s when I realized I hadn’t left the hotel room yet. Oops!

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

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

The audio changed and I felt immersed in the underwater world. I even picked up a shell as a souvenir.

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

I picked up a sun hat from the beach shop because I’m not quite convinced that I can’t burn in virtual reality.

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

The fun never stops…until it happens

Next stop was the mountain resort of Vacation Island.

It was a lot colder, so I didn’t plan on hanging out for long – but I did manage to find a hot tub.

A robot has told me I can experience the breathtaking view once I “collect more memories” – the game’s currency – to unlock the area.

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

I was surprised by how much fun my virtual vacation was.

And there is so much more to do in this strange meta world that I look forward to going back.

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

And it’s a quick way to get a taste of a vacation if you don’t have one yet.

But my virtual vacation actually only made me long for a real one.

Perhaps the metaverse will not replace reality after all.

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

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You can put on an eye mask for a quick dip in your virtual hotel meta bed


You can put on an eye mask for a quick dip in your virtual hotel meta bedCredit: Meta/Owlchemy Labs
Use your real hands to interact with virtual objects


Use your real hands to interact with virtual objectsCredit: Meta/Owlchemy Labs
The virtual bubble bath is not as nice as it seems


The virtual bubble bath is not as nice as it seemsCredit: Meta/Owlchemy Labs
The robots in Vacation Simulator are surprisingly charismatic, but they're not my ideal vacation companions


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

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