At the end of 2019, exhausted and burnt out, I made a New Years resolution that, in hindsight, may have doomed the entire world: I wanted to travel less and spend more time at home, baking and taking long walks and watching birds in the backyard. Yep: I put that out into the Universe, and then the Universe was like “oh, dip?” and here we are, in month 976827682768 of the worst global pandemic in over a century. So.. I’m really sorry about… you know *gestures broadly at everything* But you’re probably wondering: was it all worth it, Lia?!?! Did you get your stupid wish and spend 2020 taking long walks, watching birds in the backyard, and baking bundt cakes?? And the answer is … kinda. Let’s get into it.
Sipping coconut water while gazing out over the bright blue Carribbean sea and finally cleaning out your inbox: these are the things that remote working dreams are made from! But as a location-independent, self-employed small business owner who has worked remotely for the last five years, I can tell you that the Digital Nomad dream is not always the reality: it’s more like trying to ignore the crick in your neck while battling your overflowing inbox and trying to tune out the guy next to you who is screaming at full volume into his earpiece. While, yes, occasionally, overlooking a beautiful view (… or my backyard, which has a nice tree in it.) But with a few tricks and gear, you can turn your home office into a work-from-anywhere haven! Whether you are working from home for your ‘normal’ job, or you’ve joined the ranks of the self-employed Digital Nomad, here are all of my tried and tested ways to function like a boss while working from home (or anywhere).
Rolling vineyards. Craft breweries. Natural hot springs. Farm-to-table food. Paso Robles, California is one of the best weekend getaways in California, and one of the best places to visit on the Central Coast! But don’t make the mistake of assuming that wine tasting in Paso Robles is the only option for booze-loving visitors. Here are the best Paso Robles breweries to try barrel-aged sours, malty stouts and porters, and refreshing California IPAs. Plus, the best Paso Robles distilleries & restaurants to round out the perfect (and delicious) weekend getaway!
Softly falling snow. Hot mulled wine. Sticky maple taffy. Montreal, Canada is a winter wonderland, and one of the best places to visit for winter cheer! From visiting Christmas Markets to ice skating on frozen lakes to rolling hot maple syrup in snow at a sugar shack to relaxing in an outdoor thermal bath, here are all the coziest, best things to do in Montreal in the winter.
Chanting monks. Singing bowls. Prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Snowy Himalayan peaks in the distance. Your Himalayan Airways flight has just touched down in the Kathmandu Airport! On your virtual trip to Nepal, we’ll explore the back alleys of Kathmandu, cross iridescent green lakes in Pokhara, dive deep into the jungles of Chitwan in search of tigers, make a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the Buddha, and even trek into the snowy Himalayas to Nepal’s crown jewel, Mount Everest. This immersive virtual vacation incorporates photos, videos, music, and a (slightly fantastical) storyline to guide your trip – no special equipment needed!
Sheer cliffs. Towering redwoods. Playful otters. Foggy beaches. Driving the Pacific Coast Highway is not only one of the best California road trips: it’s one of the best road trips in the world! And for Jeremy, it’s home: the Pacific Coast Highway runs through the middle of his hometown. Although we’ve driven Highway One dozens of times, on each road trip we stumble upon new hidden spots, points of interest, towns to explore, and restaurants to return to again and again. We’ve included them all in our massive guide to the best Pacific Coast Highway stops!