Take your next meeting from Route 66 with these virtual backgrounds

It might not be safe to take a road trip right now, but that shouldn't stop you from looking as if you're out on the Mother Road

The Blue Whale of Catoosa. | Photo: Alexandra Charitan

My original plan was to head west—and north, south, and, eventually, back east to New York City—for several months until I had criss-crossed the country, exploring the 14 states I’d never visited, and much more. I’d been planning this new chapter of my life for at least six months, and in many ways for much of my adult life. 

But like for so many other people, my grand 2020 plans to hit the road evaporated in early March; days of the week began to blur into one another and time—if it’s accounted for at all—is now marked in two-week quarantine intervals. None of us are sure when our lives will return to some approximation of “normal,” or when we can once again spend weeks on the road instead of sheltered inside of our homes. 

Here at Roadtrippers, road trips are quite literally our lifeblood. Physical travel may not be safe right now, but that hasn’t stopped us from dreaming about past trips and planning future ones—and it shouldn’t stop you either. 

We will be free to create new trip memories soon, but until then we’ve turned 20 of our favorite stops along (or near) Route 66 into video call backgrounds. Click here to download the set for free and attend your next meeting from one of the last remaining Wigwam Motels in Holbrook, Arizona, underneath the Blue Swallow Motel’s iconic neon in Tucumcari, New Mexico, or at Slug Bug Ranch just outside of Amarillo, Texas. 

Instructions

After downloading (or saving the above images to your computer), from the desktop Zoom application, go to “Preferences,” and click on “Virtual Backgrounds.” Click the “+” icon to upload your background. (If it appears mirrored, make sure the “mirror my video” box is unchecked.)

Enjoy your virtual road trip and then head over to our map to plan your next real life trip from our more than 8 million points of interest and hundreds of Extraordinary Places. Make sure to tag #roadtrippers on Instagram to share your meeting screenshots or future road trip plans.

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