If the post-summer blues is kicking in and you’re dreading your 9-5 life as the days grow shorter, then there could be another way. While we've all been slaving away at the office, digital nomads have been getting a much sweeter deal in some of the most beautiful places in the world – and it's been dubbed the future of work and travel. It's no secret that millennials are increasingly sacking off traditional career paths in favour of something a little more flexible – and fun. They're over the assumption that work can only be done from the confines of an office, and popular careers like blogging, coding and software development all lend themselves well to the remote setup. Figures suggest there's a growing trend towards the freelance lifestyle too. According to the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, between 2008 and 2016 the number of freelancers in the UK increased by 43%, to almost two million. The … [Read more...] about Are these the most exotic cowork spaces around the world?
Holiday traditions around the world
Kelly Preston, the American actress, recalls growing up in Hawaii, the extraordinary beauty of South Africa and the fear of flying after 9/11. I have to disconnect I need a break from my busy life and have family time. It’s the key thing John [Travolta, her actor husband] and I need on a holiday and it doesn’t matter where we are. Maine is our haven When we bought the coastal estate 20 years ago, there was no electricity, I was five months pregnant, it was just a few months before Christmas and we had both sides of our family coming to stay. We lived in a shack down the lane with snow drifts keeping us indoors. Our aim was to be the best possible hosts and we wanted it all done perfectly, even if it meant staying up into the next morning. The people are so kind and down-to-earth It’s what I love most about Maine. The water is gorgeous, although it can be a bit cold even in summer. In winter, it’s like being in a Norman Rockwell scene – snowy, … [Read more...] about Kelly Preston on being flown around the world by John Travolta, living in Iraq and the happiest place on Earth
By Claire Powell on Jun 29, 2018 in Africa, Australia, Chile, Europe, Featured, Food and Drink, Going Out, Iceland, Morocco, Oceania, Regions, Restaurants, South America, Travel Miscellany, Western Europe, Zambia When the weather is fine there’s nothing better than getting outside and enjoying your surroundings: the only added extra you need is some delicious local food. Here we’ve rounded up our favourite outdoor dining experiences on the planet. Asado de Cordero, Patagonia One of the highlights of visiting Las Torres del Paine National Park is the abundance of Patagonian lamb, something everyone who visits the area should try. The South American art of lamb barbecue, or asado de cordero, is a traditional dish of Patagonia and definitely not for vegetarians. Considered one of the best meats in the world, the Patagonian lamb has achieved great international acclaim due to its delicious taste and exceptional quality, thanks no doubt because of its origin in one of the least … [Read more...] about 5 of the most amazing al fresco dining experiences around the world
(CNN) — In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice has a history of stirring libidos, and it's no wonder. The longest day of the year tends to kick off the start of the summer season and with it, the harvest. So it should come as no surprise that the solstice is linked to fertility -- both of the vegetal and human variety -- in destinations around the world. "A lot of children are born nine months after Midsummer in Sweden," says Jan-Öjvind Swahn, a Swedish ethnologist and the author of several books on the subject. Midsummer is the Scandinavian holiday celebrating the summer solstice, which this year falls on June 21. Swedish traditions include dancing around a maypole -- a symbol which some view as phallic -- and feasting on herring and copious amounts of vodka. "Drinking is the most typical Midsummer tradition. There are historical pictures of people drinking to the point where they can't go on anymore," says Swahn. While the libations have a hand in the … [Read more...] about Summer solstice: Traditions around the world
WE all know that people are as into taking photos on holiday these days as they are about being on the holiday itself. Luckily we’ve sought out some amazingly Instagrammable properties – with tiny price tags for each night you stay at them. The catch is that they are hostels rather than hotels. But don't let that bring back nightmares of school trips - as these places have amenities like air conditioning, home-cooked meals and beautiful views. Read out for our picks of the most beautiful hostels in the world - many of which look as lovely as a five star hotel. The Farm Hostel – Canggu, Indonesia The Farm goes above and beyond the standard in hosteling and each room has large beds with curtains on for extra privacy. All the rooms at The Farm are air-conditioned and have an en-suite with a traditional open shower. Communal areas are equipped with yoga mats and bean bags for the ultimate relaxing stay. Stay here for just £10.46 per night per person in July. Abbey … [Read more...] about Stay in these stunning Instagrammable properties around the world for as little as £10.46 – but there’s a catch