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Enjoying A Virtual Summer Sun During Winter Nights

Jun 12, 2008
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 looking at investing overseas, one of the biggest and most significant decisions that they need to make right from the start is which country to invest in. There are plenty of websites, books and leaflets offering advice and information about a variety of possible locations, and in many cases these surprise people with possibilities that might not otherwise have been considered. Some people just go for the most traditional countries, such as Spain, but many people choose to buy into countries that are just starting to creep onto the radar as far as investment is concerned. But the problem is that photographs can be doctored, or taken on a particularly extraordinary summer's day.

It's not just overseas investors of course who need to be in two or more places at once - there are those simply looking at taking a holiday in a country they've never been to before, for example. With the massive decrease in the cost of travelling, with cheap flights and discounted cruises, the world has shrunk it would seem over the last few years, in all but geographical terms. We're able to afford to fly half way round the world, stay in exotic locations, or even purchase property thousands of miles from where we live. The capability has shrunk the world, but there is still the physical distance at the end of the day.

It is the technology of web cams which offers an incredible solution here, for both overseas property investors and those looking to take a holiday somewhere new. Although the glossy magazines and professional websites may make the location look very appealing, being able to see, at any time, live video of that location lets you make the judgement for yourself before you commit your time and money.

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?
About the Author
If you have a spare 5 minutes, take time to check out a great new Javea webcam that has just been located on the Javea beach in Spain. Now you can see realtime weather on the Javea News website as well as a useful realtime flight timetable for Valencia airport.
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