How To Take a Free Relaxing Vacation From Your Browser

I just returned from one of those weekends where I turned off the laptop, jumped into the car, got to the coastline, hiked a few miles, explored tide pools for hours on end, and joyfully sat staring off into the horizon with the benefit of refilling the sanity meter. I came back home relaxed (and a little more tan). But now I find myself today staring outside longingly, wishing I was back "there" instead of stuck inside "here", a situation common for anyone who works behind a keyboard all day, post vacation/weekend...

Here's a small way to recapture the sound and feel of getting away from the convenience of your browser.

Calm.com offers 6 different peaceful, bucolic locations to choose from: a lazy mountain river, a quiet grasslands stream, a golden meadow view, ocean sunset, a gurgling creek waterfall, and swaying grass across the plains. Virtual vacationers can take a 2 or 10 minute duration "trips", with or without music, with the option for relaxation guidance to maximize your moment away from emails, lingering deadlines, and other to-do list responsibilities.

You won't come back with a tan, but I can attest choosing any of these settings paired with some decent headphones, you can come back from your lunch break a little bit calmer and happier without spending a cent on airfare (meals not included).