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6 free apps for relaxed, focused travel

Whether through yoga, meditation, or soothing sounds, these apps help you stay healthy, relaxed, and well-rested during your trip.

by Maria Milkova

Traveling in the 21st century means being able to take care of your mind and body wherever you are. If you want to maintain your balance, improve your well-being, and/or get a good night’s rest while you’re on the road, check out some of our favorite (free!) yoga, meditation, and sleep-aid apps.

1
Down Dog

Offering you the experience of a studio yoga class from anywhere in the world, this free app offers up a brand new vinyasa flow sequence — with crystal-clear instructions and a playlist to keep you motivated — every time you log in.

Down Dog
2
Daily Yoga

This free app boasts over 100 yoga and meditation courses for practitioners of all levels. Classes, which range from 5 to 70 minutes, focus on improving strength and flexibility, losing weight, improving sleep, and more.

Daily Yoga
3
Headspace

Improve focus, increase your awareness, reduce stress, and relieve anxiety with this free app’s series of easy-to-use lessons. Suitable for all levels, it includes a collection of ten ten-minute courses designed to give beginners a solid foundation for meditation. Literally change your mind in just 10-15 minutes a day. (Note: The app and level 1 meditation course is free, but most content requires a subscription.)

Headspace
4
Insight Timer

One of the most popular meditation apps in iTunes, this free app features an easy-to-use meditation timer, along with 3,500 guided meditations, 500 free music meditation tracks, and over 900 teachers. Discussion groups and local meet-ups also give you the chance to connect with fellow meditators around the world.

Insight Timer
5
Calm

If hopping time zones wreaks havoc on your sleep patterns, this free app just might be your key to a good night’s rest. Psychologist-recommended guided meditations, breathing programs, and sleep-inducing stories will help you relax, focus, and bring peace into your daily routine.

Calm
6
Relax Melodies

A fabulous (and free) app dedicated to helping you get to sleep and wake up refreshed. Choose from white noise, ambient music, or brainwave frequencies, as well as 5-day programs to help you reach specific sleep goals.

Relax Melodies
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