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.

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 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.

Kettlebell Series: 6 Exercises to Strengthen Your Legs

Behold, the kettlebell: a humble but mighty equipment piece that is neither a kettle or a bell. Rather, this heavy, cast iron ball is a useful—if often underutilized—type of free weight. Resembling a cannonball with an arched handle, the kettlebell’s shape allows for diverse, dynamic workouts that combine strength and cardio and target specific muscle groups. With kettlebell training comes a myriad of benefits, from building powerful forearms to improving your balance to fortifying your grip.

The One Street Food Dish You Should Try in Each Country

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.

Gym Phrases You Don’t Understand But Are Too Afraid to Ask About

Pop quiz time! Do you know how many reps are in a traditional Tabata circuit? How about the difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise? If you couldn’t instantly come up with the answers to these questions, don’t worry—they’ve stumped many a seasoned gymgoer. Whether you’re a brand new member or a seasoned athlete, gym lingo can get confusing. To help demystify this strange new fitness language, the trainers at Blink Fitness have explained five oft-misunderstood workouts:

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.

Sensational Beard Stocking Stuffers

Great beards aren’t grown overnight. Much like rearing a rosebush, growing a beard requires patience and consistency. Thick, fluffy, even beards demand trimming, watering, and upkeep. To grow a beard means to tolerate occasional itchiness, in addition to the constant “ooing and awing” of ladies. This Christmas, show your facial haired fellow you appreciate the hard work he invested in cultivating his crumb catcher. Celebrate his glorious goatee, funky Fu Manchu, or noble neckbeard with these beard stocking stuffers:

How Much Water Should I Drink? And Other Hydration Questions

Compared to squat-thrusts and kettlebell swings, drinking water might seem like the easiest part of your workout—but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. In fact, staying hydrated during exercise can be as important as the hard work itself. If you’ve been hitting the gym and focusing on healthy eating, proper hydration will be key to achieving the results you want. What’s so special about water? How much water should you be drinking? When should you be drinking it? And does drinking water help you lose weight? We’ll answer all these questions and more in our guide to healthy hydration.
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