We kicked off the year talking about travel as personal growth. And it’s no coincidence that I added travel as a Further category, along with health, wealth, and wisdom.
Since then, I’ve found myself preoccupied with the topic. I have trips planned this year to Panama and Europe, so maybe that has something to do with it.
Who doesn’t want to travel the world and transcend their current selves? Well, as we all know — lots of people. And that’s a shame.
But it’s much more of a shame for those who do want to experience the adventure of world travel, and yet feel it’s beyond them. The perceived economics of it are enough to discourage plenty.
The world is quickly changing in ways that can help, though. And that means the world has become smaller and more accessible for more people.
Airbnb and the rise of credit cards that allow you to turn your normal expenditures into free flights and hotels are just two developments that make exotic travel attainable. But mostly, we just need to realize that if we really want to travel, there’s a way to make it happen.
That said, today I’ve got a Further original for you. It’s from Mary Kay Seales, a teacher who describes herself as “a decidedly not rich, not famous, everyday working stiff” … who just happens to spend every summer on the French Riviera.
Also, if you’d like to submit a well-written account of your own transformative travel experience for publication in Further, I’d love to see it. Click here for the details.
Super useful for me as a curator, and for all of us as consumers. If you ever see me include something sketchy in an issue of Further, please feel free to let me know. Nicely, please.
The best way to avoid offending someone (or being offended) at the gym is to find another place to work out. Preferably outside. Otherwise, let’s learn the unwritten rules.
Superherbs aren’t for sprinkling on pizza (though you could). They allegedly help your body adapt and heal from the inside out to deal with afflictions ranging from eczema to Celiac disease. See what you think.
Work to Live
Many of us expand the role of work beyond just earning a living, and expect our careers to provide opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment. Turns out, though, that your life outside of work is the key to being happy at work.
Assuming you aren’t yet 59 1/2 and don’t qualify for an early withdrawal exception, when you take money out of a tax-deferred retirement account, you will generally owe ordinary income taxes and you will be hit with a 10% penalty. But that’s not all.
A series of experiments found that when people feel they’re ahead, they tend to let off the gas. The takeaway: “By focusing on another standard that’s higher than where you are, you’re able to sustain motivation.”
Every year, millions of people visit the imposing and mysterious Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, and get truly lost. Here’s how to expertly navigate your way to Peru’s most famous destination.
This is a fantastic essay about a transformational moment the author experienced by chatting with a stranger while hiking the Grand Canyon. These are the moments you simply can’t plan for, but you can put yourself out there for.
Stress is not caused by other people or external events. Stress is causes by our reactions to other people and external events. Here’s how to deal with pressure.
Mind Your Business
What’s it going to take to get you started with mindfulness meditation? Don’t make me pull this newsletter over — I’ll do it.
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