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I admit it. I'm hooked.

I'm hooked on virtual traveling with Google Earth. This week's Hub Mob Topic gave me just the opportunity to share my hobby with you again by giving you more cool things to see or experience for yourself on Google Earth.

I could spend hours picking out places to visit and zooming in to see all the intricacies of each city. My first hub about Google Earth has been very popular here at HubPages. Another hub about Crop Circles seen on Google Earth is popular as well. I have since written at least a half dozen Google Earth hubs that you can find in the links below. If you like this one, you'll love them as well.

I was first introduced to Google Earth by my husband while he was still living in England before we were married. We would talk on Skype and each look up the same location on Google Earth. It was like we were experiencing and visiting the same place at the same time even though we were miles apart. It was a magical experience visiting the pyramids and Niagara Falls together.

Now, I sit and look up places I've never seen, zoom in, and wander around. It is such a great way to visit places without leaving the comfort of your chair. It's easy to download and is very user-friendly. You simply type in the location you want to see and the globe spins and zooms right to the location you've chosen. You can then easily maneuver around zooming in further. There are 3d options and millions of photographs to click on.


How amazing is this? You can see this, and more, on Google Earth!

How amazing is this? You can see this, and more, on Google Earth!

Just a Few of the Places You Must See

"Places" and "Ships"-Online Games Utilizing Google Earth

PlanetInAction.com has developed a couple games that utilize Google Earth.

"Places" is a next generation 3D postcard that you create and send to friends. It has other applications as well. Click on the link above to learn more about this new cool tool.

"Ships" is a free simulation game which leverages the browser-based Google Earth plugin as the primary graphics engine. This game lets you steer the ship's helm ships of all types such as cargo and containers ships, barges and even cruise ships like the Queen Mary 2 (QM2). The game is in 3D and the entire planet is your playground. There are sound effects, physical modeling, and realistic visual effects.

Other Uses for Google Earth Besides Traveling

Although my hobby is virtual traveling on Google Earth, you can utilize it for other things such as:

  • Getting a feel for the layout of somewhere you have to go for a job interview
  • Locating houses or apartments that you'd like to rent
  • Determining areas you'd like to work or live
  • Visiting places you used to live (old girlfriends/boyfriends' houses)
  • Seeing how things have changed since you left your hometown
  • See the proximity of lakes, rivers, etc. to where you want to live
  • Locate boat ramps to your favorite lakes, rivers, etc.
  • Locate beaches and pools
  • Determine best routes to tricky locations such as ballgames, large stadium venues.
  • Learn more about world geography
  • Locate towns you're not familiar with
  • Use it as a study aid for history lessons

 

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Comments

michael on November 17, 2011:

i like google earth

Bryce from Northern California Coast on November 04, 2011:

Thanks for this! Now I need to spend more time on Google Earth. Loved the elephant pic!

RalphGreene on September 03, 2011:

This is great for having tour. Great hub!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on August 18, 2011:

Hi, Noemi, I could spend an afternoon going all over the place. It's a great wintertime activity.

Noemi Beres from Cyprus on August 17, 2011:

I agree, it's pretty addictive. You have to be really careful because you might end up sitting in front of your computer and watching these beautiful pictures. However I love doing it:D

AllSuretyBonds on August 08, 2011:

I love Google Earth! Its very addicting. Thanks for the list of places to look at. The first time I found Google Earth I think I looked up the Grand Canyon too! Great Hub!

TNk leathers from UK on April 22, 2011:

hey that's amazing just looks like we are 10 meters above the animals it's cool =D

KRC (author) from Central Texas on December 13, 2010:

Thanks Ann and Bill!

ANN L. on November 09, 2010:

outstanding service.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on November 07, 2010:

Me toooooooo Better Yourself!

Better Yourself from North Carolina on November 07, 2010:

Great hub.I like using google earth to visit places I haven't been to.

And Drewson from United States on October 26, 2010:

I like to spy on my neighbors from above.

In fact, I'm probably watching you right now. Muauhauahahaha!

adorababy from Syracuse, NY on June 16, 2010:

Going to the top of the Empire State building is number one on my list.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on June 14, 2010:

Thank you very much PCDriverUpdate. I have about 10 similar, but different, Google Earth-related hubs if you'd like to see more.

pcdriverupdate from VA on June 14, 2010:

This is really cool and great info :)

KRC (author) from Central Texas on June 10, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you've enjoyed your virtual travel tours!

Mike Withrow from Tyler, Texas on June 09, 2010:

Thanks for the great links, like planetinaction.com.

Google Earth really is awesome; I love to fly over the Hawaiian Islands with all of it's varied geography.

It's really a great way to virtually travel the world.

Jorge Vamos on June 07, 2010:

I love google earth. I used to do the same thing all the time, and with google street view. I'd visit all the places I wish I could be in person. Haha.

solar.power from Brisbane on June 07, 2010:

Im getting on google earth now to have a play! I wanna see some elephants now. Which african country is best to see elephants?

KRC (author) from Central Texas on May 27, 2010:

Thank you so much Cindy! You'll be hooked too! Be sure to check out my other articles that have more videos and links to much more stuff.

Cindy Brayer on May 27, 2010:

Wow! I had no idea Google Earth could offer so many interesting features. I'll be sure to share this with my husband. Great article!!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on May 27, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by folks! I'm glad to be able to share some of the cool stuff there is to see. Be sure to check out my other related hubs, lots more videos too!

googlesandroids from USA on May 27, 2010:

I love it!Google earth is turning into addiction for me!Thanks for sharing man!

blackhatworld from Belize on May 27, 2010:

this was amazing! thank you for the share. good luck.

retirementvillage from Philippines on May 26, 2010:

This is cool man! I like your hub its very interesting!

gregg on April 12, 2010:

hey where can u find a site with the locations of the amazing stuff on g-earth

KRC (author) from Central Texas on March 23, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by Ian and Thunderltd2!

thunderltd2 on March 23, 2010:

Animals and earth have always inspired me and gave me hope and peace when they smile.i dont know how earth is earth without animals.To me animals are as loyal as a person or even more like my best friend loxlee and momo.(my toodogs)

Ian Stinson on March 03, 2010:

I love Google Earth, too! And Google Maps (for the super cool street view function AND its practicality, of course). It's amazing how technology has changed our world...

KRC (author) from Central Texas on February 18, 2010:

Thanks Garcilazoand! It is pretty darn cool, isn't it? I love playing on Google Earth.

garcilazoand from Los Angeles, CA on February 18, 2010:

Great article! I love google earth, it's perhaps one of the coolest things on the web today!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on February 04, 2010:

You'll have a blast, Nell Rose! Thanks for stopping by!

Nell Rose from England on February 04, 2010:

Hi, wow I didn't realise it would be that good. i have got to go try it myself. Thanks for the info. cheers nell

KRC (author) from Central Texas on February 03, 2010:

Thank you Lovelypaper, glad you enjoyed it.

Renee S from Virginia on February 03, 2010:

Wow. This is really cool! Very interesting.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on January 25, 2010:

RealEstateHelper, glad you enjoyed it and learned a little bit more about what Google Earth has to offer.

RealEstateHelper on January 24, 2010:

Great hub and nice videos. I never knew that Google Earth could be so good. Thanks.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on January 11, 2010:

It's a great tool, Dale. Thank you so much for including me in your blog!

Dale Mazurek from Canada on January 11, 2010:

I never really knew just how good Google Earth was. The clarity is great.

Your hub is now part of my blog

Cheers

Dale

KRC (author) from Central Texas on January 10, 2010:

I like the streetviews, but I like the stuff you can't see from the street better. :) Thanks for stopping by Opinion Duck!

OpinionDuck on January 09, 2010:

the street views are great

Alba on December 28, 2009:

Google Earth is amazing - maybe we could read foreign newspapers.... Is this possible yet?

KRC (author) from Central Texas on December 26, 2009:

Thanks chafig555.

chafiq555 from Gatlinburg on December 26, 2009:

I am amazed by the quality of the photos that google earth is providing now. It didn't use to be that clear. Great Hub

KRC (author) from Central Texas on December 20, 2009:

There are some places where you can see other animals and even people. It's amazing. I'm like you, if I get too involved in it, I won't get anything else done. Thanks for stopping by BookFlame.

BookFlame on December 20, 2009:

I actually deleted google earth cuz it was taking up so much memory. But the picture of those elephants has made me reconsider. Yet if I start getting serious with it, I'm afraid I won't get any work done and I'll "starve."

KRC (author) from Central Texas on December 18, 2009:

Thank you bojanglesk8!

bojanglesk8 on December 18, 2009:

Great hub. Kudos.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on December 09, 2009:

Thanks Jimmy, I agree!

Jimmy on December 09, 2009:

Awesome list. Cheers. Some of the things you can see are hilarious

KRC (author) from Central Texas on December 02, 2009:

Thanks Mistyhorizon. There is so much to see on Google Earth. It's absolutely amazing to see this big world we live in.

Cindy Lawson from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 02, 2009:

Great Hub KCC, I am pretty new to Google Earth, but have just introduced my Step Father to it so that he could check out a town called Grenville in Grenada as research for a book he is writing. it is pretty amazing how it works I have to say.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on December 01, 2009:

Thank you Peacenhim!

peacenhim on December 01, 2009:

Extremely fascinating. Great Work!!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on November 23, 2009:

Thank you very much ABTEODORO!

ABTEODORO on November 23, 2009:

Nice article!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on October 13, 2009:

Thanks Misstikal and Camping Toilets!

Camping Toilets from Somwhere Out There on October 13, 2009:

Need to check this one out...great info!!!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 27, 2009:

Not really....I work full-time, write full-time, cook, clean, etc.....oh wait...it's because I'm super-woman!

jimmyred from Brisbane on September 27, 2009:

Haha you must have a lot of time on your hands. I'm not going to deny it though, google earth is addictive

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 23, 2009:

Aww..thank you so much tusanee!

tudsanee on September 23, 2009:

So good.

thank.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 23, 2009:

You have to make sure you have the latest version and have all the right options turned on. Things like that have improved greatly. Thanks for stopping by.

summerplace on September 23, 2009:

cool i am also interested in computers and do enjoy google earth.... though most of the time im just trying to hack it (i do that a lot) i still enjoy it very much. the graphics are descent but the only thing i noticed (and you may have noticed) is that when you zoom into a building or the ground it flattens the entire surface showing a bad picture.... when better technology comes out i hope that google will make it so that when u zoom into ground level the buildings and the things around it come out of the ground into a 3-D affect.....

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 22, 2009:

Thank you RP Chapman! There is even more to it than I've written about. I have another hub in the works to be released this next week.

R P Chapman from England on September 22, 2009:

Fantastic hub showing that there's lots more to Google Earth than meets the eye, and certainly lots more than I ever knew about. Thanks for writing this.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 22, 2009:

Thank you, Paradise7! If you have a chance, I have probably 5-6 other Google Earth hubs you can check out for more fun!

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on September 22, 2009:

Hey, KCC, great hub and right up my alley!!! Thanks!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 22, 2009:

Thank you, Travelman. It is rather godlike to be cruising around seeing it all. :) I'm glad you enjoy it too! I think the only ones who aren't are the ones who haven't yet tried it.

Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on September 22, 2009:

As if you're becoming godlike, just controlling your computer's mouse and you can go anywhere in the world and seeing mysterious features of the Earth! Thanks for this great hub, KCC Big Country! I really enjoy goggling the Earth, too.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 21, 2009:

Thank you so much, EWealthGuide!

EWealthGuide from Vancouver on September 20, 2009:

Way more convenient too, yes you're right. Faster too, nothing like going to a city across the world in less then ten seconds! Good work KCC Big Country

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 20, 2009:

Way cheaper and way more convenient! Thanks for stopping by EWealthGuide!

EWealthGuide from Vancouver on September 20, 2009:

Great info! I have actually done 'Google Earth Traveling' before. So much fun, and a lot cheaper then traveling!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 20, 2009:

Well, I'm flattered, Yagzud. I don't know that I consider this my best hub, but it is certainly a popular hub and for that I am grateful. Google Earth is a great free product that we all can have a lot of fun with. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!

yagzud from Casablanca, Morocco on September 20, 2009:

I actually only initially visited to see how to create and manages a successful hub, but I can understand now how one can get hooked on google earth. I never thought of it this way, quite exciting I must say.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 19, 2009:

That's one of my favorite features, facebookchat; that ability to visit places and FEEL like you've actually been there even though you never left your desk. It's a great way to see the world. Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed 'the ride'.

facebookchat from Shanghai, China on September 19, 2009:

I love that white horse on Google Earth! It's amazing. Thanks for this hub - I feel like I've been on holiday after visiting half of these places!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 19, 2009:

Thanks, Wnelson! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

wnelson on September 19, 2009:

Great idea! I will spend some time playing with it now. Thanks!!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 19, 2009:

There are tons of things you can do with it now, Ambition! You just have to get in there and play with it! Have fun!

Ambition398 on September 19, 2009:

Google Earth is pretty cool but guess there alot more to it than I thought, so I'm going to go check it out. Thanks

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 19, 2009:

Thanks, Gift Experts! It comes in very handy for all sorts of things.

Gift Experts on September 19, 2009:

Google Earth is really neat. I recently used it to find a store. That was to cool. Thanks for this Hub.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 19, 2009:

Thank you HarperSmith! We'll see you in a couple of hours then! LOL It's so much fun, you won't want to stop!

HarperSmith on September 19, 2009:

Really cool hub. I'm going to go check Google Earth out. Thanks.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 18, 2009:

Thank you so much Tudsanee and Robert!

Robert Casterline from Aspen, Colorado on September 18, 2009:

Good stuff...thanks for the info

tudsanee on September 18, 2009:

Very interesting hub. Thanks.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 18, 2009:

That's a great use for it, Olga-kay! Thanks for sharing!

olga-kay on September 18, 2009:

Google Earth is amazing! I like to use it after a walk or a hike to plot how far I went.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 18, 2009:

Awwww..thank you wangshanying! Glad I could help.

wangshanying from china on September 18, 2009:

You are a number one.

I learned a lot of things.

thank you

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 06, 2009:

Please do, Mikerenalds! You'll have a blast playing around with it. It is so much more than just maps nowadays! Thanks for stopping by!

mikerenalds from Washington on September 06, 2009:

Thanks for sharing... I thought google earth was just google maps but now maybe I'll go download google earth and give it a try.

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 06, 2009:

You're welcome, askjanbrass! Thank you!

askjanbrass from St. Louis, MO on September 06, 2009:

Interesting Hub.......

Thank you!!

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 05, 2009:

There's a whole world you've been missing out on Steve! Dive in! You'll be hooked!

Steve R McDowell from Atlanta on September 05, 2009:

I've looked at Google Earth before, but never really dived into it. I had been mostly satisfied with Google Maps and the roadside view, but Google Earth obviously has much more functionality. I am intrigued ^_^

KRC (author) from Central Texas on September 05, 2009:

thelostsymbol: Rome? Wow...how fun! Where are you going next?

Netsurfer: Thanks!

Bobluisusa: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Vizey: It is an amazing piece of software, isn't it?

Thanks to all of you for stopping by!

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