WindowSwap: Cool or Creepy Pandemic Idea?

by Shelli

As people who travel all over the world, you might say we have a window on the world. We’ve had world views from hot air balloons, mountaintops, amazing beaches, airplane windows, hotel rooftops, and really from so many places too numerous to mention. Yet if we focus in on the views we have most often, we’re looking at the world from our home windows! But what if we could easily, without leaving the comfort of our very own window, have a look from someone else’s window? Sorta like home swapping, but not! Fascinating idea, don’t you think? Now you can do just that: connecting to a random feed looking out someone else’s window, from somewhere around the world. Welcome to the world via WindowSwap!

What is WindowSwap?

While we’re all in pause mode on traveling, it’s fun, and I think good for us, to find new ways to travel without traveling. And for free, even better. Picturesque views from all over the world sounds lovely right about now.

WindowSwap is a website that lets you see the views from other people’s windows. So many windows, so many views! Windows appear from all corners of the world, which include places around the U.S., India, France, Japan, and everywhere in between.

WindowSwap view from London

View from London window

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Why Create WindowSwap?

Who doesn’t love a great “quarantine project”, and there have been many wonderfully creative ones! A husband-and-wife team of creatives in Singapore, Sonali Ranjit and Vaishnav Balasubramaniam, wrote on their “About” page that the site was their “quarantine project.” Those of us feeling the wanderlust during lockdowns will surely be grateful for their efforts.

How Does WindowSwap Work?

Rather than live stream, WindowSwap took the prerecorded route. Anyone can access WindowSwap. It doesn’t require app downloads or subscriptions. You simply find videos of windows to gaze through. Click a button at the bottom of the screen and your window selections are refreshed. It’s fun to randomly click through dozens of windows, or submit your own, by visiting the WindowSwap website.

WindowSwap view from Singapore

View from Singapore window

Care to share and give people your perspective? You can create videos from your window! Videos must be a 10-minute, static, horizontal shot of your window. Submit your own video by visiting the WindowSwap website.

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Final Thoughts

Ranjit wrote on Twitter, “Hope this place on the internet helps reduce your lockdown blues in some small way.” I’d say goal accomplished. When I viewed the windows they either reminded me of places I’d been and enjoyed or places I’ve yet to experience. Also gave me a feeling of gratitude for having seen so much of the world, as well as compassion for and connection to those who added their window views. It’s a small world, after all!

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