<h2>Take a Virtual Cruise</h2>
Back in the dark ages of the Internet, people were thrilled to log in to a Webcam on the other side of the world and see the trees outside someone's window, or the status of a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_room_coffee_pot" target="_blank">coffee machine</a>. Thanks to the incredible leaps in technology since then, these days you can watch the feeds from <a href="http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/download.php?Number=139743" target="_blank">a Webcam attached to the front of a cruise ship</a> sailing somewhere in the middle of the ocean. The <a href="http://www.costacruise.com/" target="_blank">Costa Cruise</a> company has added real-time tracking, webcams and weather information for its entire fleet of ships. You can watch these vessels as they plough through the virtual waters of Google Earth; click on a ship's link to view its Webcam feed in a pop-up window.
Seeking out cruise liners that are navigating cold, rainy seas, for example, might make you feel better about being stuck at home.