It’s nearly August, which means one thing: You should not be on a computer. You should not be in an office. You should have vacated whatever smelly urban heat island you call home in favor of more verdant lands. You should be hiking up a mountain or vigorously applying sunscreen on a beach or enjoying a family picnic or touring a nicely air-conditioned museum in a foreign land. Alas, we cannot all enjoy a summer vacation in a far-flung place. But we can dream! Here are 11 high-definition timelapses that will help you get away—at least virtually:
Waterfalls, fjords, sheep, and snow! Remember snow?
Grab your hiking boots for this one, shot in California's Yosemite National Park. Note that Half Dome is a little smaller these days—it lost 5 million pounds of rock during storms earlier this month.
3. Northern Chile
The deserts of Northern Chile have some of the clearest, darkest skies in the world. Hello, stargazing.
Get eyefuls of greenery in the jungles of Colombia, and, for the more cosmopolitan traveler, the bustle of Bogatá.
5. Burning Man
Every year at the end of August, thousands of people flock to the Nevada desert for Burning Man, a festival that's been described as part rave, part social experiment, and increasingly, part Silicon Valley networking event. Whatever it is, it's definitely a vacation from normal life.
Nothing says "relaxation" like being on a boat.
This timelapse features images taken across Norway on an almost 10,000 mile road trip over the course of five months. So. Many. Fjords.
8. Rio de Janeiro
Time to go to the beach? Time to go to the beach.
9. New Zealand
For everyone who dreams of a Lord of the Rings-themed getaway.
10. The Dominican Republic
Repeat: Take me to the beach.
11. New York City
New York City is generally a place people flee in the dog days of summer, but those sticky August days in the city have their beauty, too. At least when viewed from a safe distance.