Increase Your View By A Few Thousand Miles

By: Stewartm.russell
One of the most exciting developments to take advantage of the technology of the internet has to be the introduction of web cameras, or web cams as they're more commonly called. These small, and relatively cheap devices can deliver live, or virtually live images or video of any location in the world to the entire rest of the globe. Web cams have managed to shrink our world so that within a few mouse clicks you can not only read about other countries, you can jump quickly to a selection of web cams in that country and have a look yourself.

For those people who are pursuing the idea of investing overseas, there are a number of problems to face, most significantly of course is the country they choose to invest in. Although many people jump straight in to the more well known locations, including Spain, because they have been there on holiday themselves, or it is considered a safe bet, an increasing number are looking at less well known countries which are starting to look much more attractive offers. However, a glance through the smart websites and professional pamphlets will make you doubt the wonder that's advertised, since the photos are professionally taken, and may have been 'tarted up' a little, or taken on a particularly scorching day.

The world it seems is getting smaller - with not just those looking in to the idea of investing in property abroad looking at far flung countries as though they were just a few blocks away. More and more people are looking in to holidaying in countries or locations they've never been to before, and even investors are starting to look into the possibilities that some countries are starting to offer, which wouldn't otherwise have been considered. Cheap travel and the ease of booking online may have made the world seem small, but there is still always going to be the matter if mileage and distance to hamper our plans.

This of course is where web cams come into their own, and provide a wonderful alternative to travelling thousands of miles just to see a place for yourself. Whether you are looking at investing in property in a particular location, or going on holiday there, being able to watch a live video from that location means that you can see for yourself what it's really like, and not just rely on leaflets and pictures which may have been spruced up a bit.

Of course, for those who look out of their window, either in the cold, grey climate of home, or from an office window out across the miles of freedom, being able to click quickly through a live web cam provides an opportunity to enjoy the glorious summer sun and happy climate of either an exotic locations somewhere in the world, or the very same view that they saw when on holiday - or even the view from their own property abroad!

Of course, there's another advantage to having these web cams, whether they're your own, or set up by businesses or private individuals in the area, and that is that they are fantastic for publicity and advertising. If you have purchased property abroad, and you intend to let this out, one of the biggest problems you face is trying to persuade people to come, that the location is fantastic, and that they'll love it. This is especially true if you've chosen somewhere less well known. Having access to a web cam allows you to direct potential customers to it to allow them to see for themselves.

There is a further benefit of having a web cam installed in any property you own. If the camera either overlooks your property, or is based within it so that it shows an internal view of your property, quite apart from being a major selling point for potential residents, you can keep an eye on your property whilst it is empty, and help to increase security. Most web cams allow you to take advantage of motion sensing, taking vide only when motion is detected. Obviously once the property is occupied you'd need to remove the cameras for privacy reasons.

It still seems incredible to me now that, as I sit here with the wind buffeting my window, the rain half heartedly smearing my view of the grey skies, my monitor is happily displaying live video from Javea, with white topped waves chasing one another gaily across the golden sands that stretch for miles, watched over by the distant mountains and an endless sky which seems to challenge my idea of blue. With live video fed to me from anywhere in the world, and virtual tours of properties across the globe, what does the future of technology hold for us, to make the next continent just that little bit closer?
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