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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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