Virtual getaways: Free videos of all types of destinations are just a click or two away.
You can watch them on your computer or download to a Web-enabled phone or video iPod. Many are available for free at Apple’s iTunes store. Click on podcasts and then on the category “Society &Culture.” Scroll down the category list on the left to further limit your choices to the “Places &Travel” subcategory.
Before you download a show, look for the little icon of a TV set next to the name to figure out whether it’s a video or an audio-only podcast.
You’ll find shows such as official videocasts from Disneyland about new attractions at the California theme park, or programs from travel guru Rick Steves with titles including “Hiking the Cinque Terre” and “Highlights of Prague.”
Other shows include two travel series from ON Networks. “Beautiful Places” offers profiles of national parks. “City by City” is a video travel guide to urban sightseeing, shopping, restaurants and accommodations. If you prefer to bypass iTunes, you can also see the shows at www.CitybyCity.tv and www.beautifulplaces.tv.