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Google Earth

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  • WEBSITE, MOBILE APP, COMPUTER APP

Explore worldwide satellite imagery and 3D buildings and terrain for hundreds of cities. Zoom to your house or anywhere else, then dive in for a 360° perspective with Street View. On the Google Earth website, roll the dice to discover someplace new, take a guided tour with Voyager, and measure distances and areas. (From the Google Earth website.)

COST: free

PROS

  • An amazing tool that allows users to explore any location in the world.
  • Easy to navigate and ad-free.
  • The computer application of Google Earth Pro offers extra tools and advanced features, such as access to historical images.

CONS

  • Computer app is currently available only on the Chrome browser.
  • Younger kids may need assistance to use the apps or website.
  • Google products are not accessible when living in China.

Why it’s helpful for families living internationally

With Google Earth, families can explore their host country, passport country, and beyond. Preview places you’re going to visit and locations you’ve left behind, which can help your family with the transition process. 

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