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Dogs and a yellow wall in Chile.

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  • Back in 2016, photographer Jacqui Kenny logged into Google Street View from her home in London, and she spent the next several years traveling virtually — sometimes for 18 hours a day.
  • Kenny has agoraphobia, which is an extreme or irrational fear of entering open or crowded places or being in places from which escape is difficult. Her condition has made long-distance travel difficult.
  • Fast forward to today: Kenny has visited almost every country mapped on Google Street View and taken 40,000 screenshots along the way.
  • Kenny posts her images of remote towns and Google cars kicking up dust to her 128,000 followers on Instagram as the Agoraphobic Traveler.
  • Business Insider caught up with Kenny to learn about her virtual journeys, her favorite places to photograph, and her tips for virtual travel in the age of social distancing.
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Ten years ago, photographer Jacqui Kenny was diagnosed with agoraphobia. Her condition makes traveling long distances on planes, trains, and buses difficult.

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A blue and pink house in Peru.

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Kenny, now in her 40s, has lived with agoraphobia since her early 20s. In the years following her diagnosis, she said she found her world shrinking.

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A mobile home in Kyrgyzstan.

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“I didn’t really want to go out that much,” she told Business Insider. “I found myself in the situation where I needed to find some way to stay connected with the world.”

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Camels in the United Arab Emirates.

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One day in 2016, she sat down at her computer in London and opened up Google Street View. That’s when her world changed.

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A dog chases a car in Peru.

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