WindowSwap Lets You Enjoy the View From Other People's Windows Around the World

Even if you can't travel, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the views.

View from a window in Portofino, Italy of the sea
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One of the best small pleasures you can have while traveling is looking out the window of your hotel to drink in the view. Of course, traveling to new windows isn't always available for everyone, be it budget or travel restrictions.

Luckily, WindowSwap, a website that lets you gaze out of other people's windows all over the world, is one way to get the feel of being in a new place while staying right where you are, CNN reported back in 2020.

A husband-and-wife team of creatives in Singapore, Sonali Ranjit and Vaishnav Balasubramaniam, wrote on their About page that the site "[is] here to fill that deep void in our wanderlust hearts." And anyone who is feeling the wanderlust will surely be grateful for their initiative.

Anyone can access WindowSwap, no app downloads or subscriptions needed (though there is an option to upgrade for $20 annually to access all of the windows ever uploaded, unlimited bookmarks, and a back button). Log on and find a video of a new window to gaze through, which is refreshed randomly whenever you click a button at the bottom of the screen. Videos of windows can be submitted by anyone who wants to give people a new perspective in the world. These videos must be a 10-minute, static, horizontal shot of your window in order to submit.

Windows appear from all corners of the world, including places around the U.S., India, France, Japan, and everywhere in between. Some windows are especially beautiful, with views of city skylines, pristine lakes, or lovely countrysides. Others are fairly ordinary, with views of people's plant-filled porches, outdoor construction, or suburban neighborhoods. You might even see a person's pet in the video, which is always delightful.

Randomly click through dozens of windows, or submit your own, by visiting the WindowSwap website.

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