10 Street-Food Dishes to Try in 10 Countries

There's a time and a place to eat at Starbucks while traveling abroad: it's after day 49 when you're hungry and lost and they won't give you the WiFi password unless you buy something. The occasional blueberry scone at Starbucks during a moment of weakness aside — travelin' meals are best served street-side, squatting on a plastic chair among locals beneath the cool night air, sipping from a dusty bottle of local lager as a grizzled Australian expat tells you the story of how he lost his left hand to a shark while sea kayaking.

8 of Our Favorite BIPOC Artists and Makers

It would be remiss to write a blog highlighting the work of BIPOC artists without taking a moment to reflect on the events and conversations of the year. Propelled by the momentum of protests following the horrific deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and Dominique “Rem’mie” Fell, the world is protesting, watching, listening, trying, speaking out, making mistakes, and — hopefully — changing.

The Rise of Living and Working Abroad in a Post-Pandemic World

Until very recently, the idea of working remotely while traveling the world was the stuff of fantasies and Travel & Leisure articles. So-called younger digital nomads were out there, owning multiple passports, taking pilates classes on mountaintops, and posting laptop-by-the-ocean selfies—but they made up a small, enviable niche of the travel market. The novel coronavirus may have changed that. Along with how we shop, socialize, and attend happy hours, the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way we work—possibly for the better, and probably forever. Now that so many of us are working remotely, employers and employees alike are realizing that a lot of our jobs can be done from anywhere. For a growing number of professionals, the digital lifestyle no longer seems so unattainable.

The Untold Truth of Fast Food Playgrounds

Once upon a time, way back in the '90s, the iPad hadn't been invented yet, Boy Meets World was still on the air, and interior playgrounds at fast food restaurants weren't regarded as foul dens of germs and discarded heroine needles. During this magical age, children frolicked in ball pits and slid down slides in the playscapes of restaurants like McDonald's and Burger King. Meanwhile, their parents chatted nearby, knowing their kids were fenced in and playing someplace "safe."

What to Do with 48 Hours in Porto, Portugal

After years of being outshined by the cosmopolitan glow of Lisbon, Porto—Portugal’s once scrappy but now sublime second city—has been stealing the spotlight these days. Cinematic landscapes, balmy weather, and a blossoming food and wine scene have all contributed to a boom in international visitors to Portugal. The winner of European Best Destination in 2012, 2014, and 2017, Porto now draws a record number of travelers with an average of 1.6 million visitors each year. Planning to visit this incredible city in the coming year? Here’s a guide to a perfect 48 hours in Porto.

30+ Veteran-Owned Businesses to Shop and Support

As it turns out, the skills typically honed in military service can be a strong foundation for entrepreneurship. Maybe that’s why veterans start businesses at a higher rate than the rest of the population. The U.S. Small Business Administration reports that veterans are 45% more likely to be self-employed than non-veterans. Data shows that there is around one veteran-owned company for every 10 veterans and veteran-owned companies make up nearly 10% of all small businesses in the U.S. Today, you can find more than 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses (and businesses owned by military spouses) ranging from jewelry shops to coffee roasters to whiskey distilleries. Here are 30+ veteran-owned and military-family-owned businesses to support now and always:

The best cocktails to whip up for brunch

Although drinking booze in the morning was commonplace for much of history, today there are lamentably few situations where it's socially acceptable to drink before noon. There's layovers at the airport. There's tailgating events. But above all else, there's brunch — that magical weekend rite when conventional society is permitted — nay, encouraged — to guzzle as many bottomless mimosas as possible before the 3 p.m. cut off.

The 11 Best Gifts to Say "I'm Sorry": A Gift Guide for When You're Really Sorry

Hey, we’ve all made mistakes. We’ve all forgotten our friend’s birthday or eaten a cupcake that didn’t belong to us. We’ve all not fed our neighbor’s fish when we said we would and then blamed its death on the cat and then accidentally ran over the cat with our Mazda 3 hatchback. (Wait, what?) Of course, one apology gift can’t un-eat that cupcake or bring that cat back to life. But a thoughtfully chosen, meaningful one can show your recipient that you are genuinely sorry.
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