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walkable cities

Get lost in the world’s most walkable cities

There’s an undeniable romance about great city walks. There you are, on the brink of somewhere fresh and undiscovered, with the streets spreading out before you. Direction isn’t really important; you can just choose a neighbourhood and then wander around at your own pace. Perhaps you stop for a coffee in a leafy square along […]

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drink with strangers

How to drink with strangers: bartenders share their tips

Most solo travellers will agree that the most awkward time of any trip is the evenings. The galleries are closed, you’ve done 17 laps of the open-top tour bus, there are no more ‘activities’ to occupy you, and you begin to wonder: what would I do if my friends were here? But this shouldn’t be […]

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digital nomad travelling in Indonesia

14 secrets of a kick-ass digital nomad

Dream of becoming a digital nomad? It’s easy to romanticise the idea of working aboard. Say the words “location independent” and images of a hip coffee shop somewhere in downtown Buenos Aires spring to mind, or hazy days spent by a palapa hut on a remote Keralan beach. The reality, of course, is rather different. […]

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single woman in her 40s

The truth about being single in your 40s

Can you be happy and single in your 40s? Of course you can. You don’t need a baby or marriage to succeed in life. And yet, women, in particular, are so often cast as caregivers, there is no narrative for those of us who veer off-script. Do you know about @novellanyc? I’m so impressed by […]

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career break

4 reasons why your boss may say “yes” to a career break

With workplace happiness taking centre stage in recent years, companies are increasingly open to the idea of a career break. Once considered a no-no, employers now recognise the benefits of taking a sabbatical and pressing the re-set button. But that doesn’t make the actual request any less daunting. The first step to a good career […]

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once-in-a-lifetime journeys

Once-in-a-lifetime journeys to make your soul sing

“Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand” – Charlotte Eriksson Once-in-a-lifetime journeys have a special kind of power that tie us to the moment. They are nothing to do with timings or targets, and […]

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Instagram

Instagram and travel: finding a balance

There’s nothing like a golden Colombian beach as bait for a #sunset Insta-brag. But our Instagram habits are changing the world in a way we can’t yet grasp. Beauty spots that were once remote and hidden are now bending under the pressure of their newfound Insta fame, with big crowds altering the landscape. Meanwhile, many of us […]

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mental health career break

The life-changing benefits of a mental health career break

We live in an age of unprecedented stress, yet few of us would consider taking time out to promote good mental health. We’re proactive about physical health, for sure. We’ll do workouts every week, with after-work boxing and the the odd 10K thrown in. Read more: A simple way to cope with travel anxiety But our […]

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feel-good festivals

Love feel-good festivals? Try travelling with strangers

A few months ago as summer began in earnest, I went to a local festival called Wychwood. It was a laid-back affair, with groups drinking coffee in the sunshine, a neighbourhood parade and teens hitting the open mike with their best Liam Gallagher drawls (yep, Oasis has become ironic material for generation Z). Read more: […]

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A jobbymoon? 3 great ways to improve work-life balance

Let’s face it. We live in a time of overworking, burnout and digital stress – and it’s not a good look. Work-life balance is taking a big hit. Whilst earning a living isn’t a bad thing, the cost of overworking can be. As Sharon Martin, a leading psychotherapist in America, points out: “You can’t perform at […]

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