Daydreaming by the waterfall
All you have to do is turn on your computer and open your viewer to login. Then you can visit the most beautiful places around the virtual worlds. You can easily lean back and daydream for a while, so make sure you dont get disturbed.
Beautiful 3D environments.
There are some really nice places around in the worlds, that is very impressive and well made. Some are made as parks or forests and some are cities and famous realworld buildings. Many people makes blogs about it and there are also magazines that show all the grandness made from people all over the world. Be prepared to travel around the worlds for many hours just to explore all the diversity and variety, and soon you have found your favorite spot, where you can lean back in silence and just enjoy.
If you are brave enough then you will also buy a pair of Oculus Rift glasses and start exploring through those. Read about what that is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oculus_Rift
Planning, designing and building.
After exploring for a while you might be inspired to build something yourself, or to just design a place. Its a bit hard to learn how to build, but there are classes around that you can attend to learn howto. But its easier to plan, design and create a beautiful place without having to build it yourself, because you can buy all what you need, like trees, flowers, houses in all styles and genres, waves for the water, furniture, wheater machines and almost everything you would need for creating your own place. Look around for shops that sell what you want or look at the marketplaces.
Link to relevant and interesting blogs: http://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.dk/2014/07/2014-new2-opensim-beginners-building-on.html
It cost real money to build.
Yes, if you want to own a place that you have designed and created, then you will need to pay. It isn’t really that expensive to buy a tree, and if you look for trees that can be copied then you will only have to buy one tree and then you can plant all the trees you like. What really cost money is the land that you have to own before you can create your place. Here comes the planning in, because you will have to decide from start how many prims you are going to need. Everything in the virtual world is made of prims and is calculated into a landimpact. A tree can be made from 1 prim up to 14 prims relative to how much detail there is and also how well made it is. Some creators are really good of making low-prim stuff and others arent that good, so you will have to look carefully before you buy something. Planning how many prims that are needed for land are mostly based on how much you want to spend for your land. Landcosts are high around. In secondlife it is way more expensive than in the opensim worlds. Look on a worlds homepage to learn how much to pay for a piece of land. It can vary greatly.
Many people don’t have any money to buy a plot, a tree or to buy a nice dress. So a good way of making money in a virtual world is to get a job. Just like in the real world. There are many types of jobs to get but places like clubs are often recruiting DJ’s or dancers or greeters or eventmanagers and so. Some fashion-designers also recruits models for their cloth. It is not always easy to find those jobs, so keep an eye on forums or facebook and Google+, there are sometimes posts from a club-owner, or fashion-designer needing people for something. The payment for these jobs are not like in the real-world, because you can’t make enough money in virtual worlds to pay a real wage, but it can be good earnings for buying a new dress or maybe rent a small house somewhere to start your virtual life in.
Secondlife forum for vacant jobs: http://goo.gl/NN0bTV