costa rica coastline

I wake up to the sound of iguanas tumbling around the tin roof overhead. I roll over to see the sun shining on the mango trees and pink flowers outside. The sounds of dripping coffee and knives slicing fruit find their way into my room.  The Mauser EcoHouse is a Costa Rican artist’s colony in the heart of the jungle.…

Wonderfully crunchy and perfectly sized, thinly sliced jicama provides an excellent swap for tortillas in this veggie-forward take on tacos. Grown in Mexico and across the Philippines and Asia, jicama is like a cross between a potato and a pear, with a mild flavor and subtle sweetness that makes it ideal for pairing spice and texture. Quinoa fritters serve as…

Are you a coffee connoisseur? Good news! Studies show that moderate coffee consumption (less than four cups per day) reduces your risk of several diseases, including type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and liver cancer. Turns out a typical serving of coffee contains more antioxidants than some fruits, like blueberries and oranges.  Being into coffee can add a whole new element…

Today's technology makes it easy to work remotely from abroad. In addition to freelancers, now even full-time employees with flexible or remote-first working policies can go abroad while keeping their jobs.  Before you book your flight, there are details, from reachability to tax concerns, to sort out with your employer. Preparations prior to working remotely from abroad may include researching…

As someone who was only recently diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), I used to think my aversion to packing for trips was a strange quirk of my personality. It didn’t help that whenever I complained to friends or partners, they’d often laugh. How could I feel such loathing for something so mundane?  After my diagnosis, I began learning…

These lightened-up mushroom shawarma wraps provide all the smoky, savory flavors of the meaty street food favorite, while packing in lots of healthy vegetables, spices and herbs. Mushrooms are a veritable superfood, offering high levels of the antioxidant glutathione, which protects the body from stress and inflammation, and helps it heal after fighting off an illness. They also protect against…

woman with a backpack looking up at the sky in a field

When I was 24 years old, I quit my job to travel the world by myself for a year. I worked three jobs for eight months to save up just enough to shoestring my way across Europe, parts of Asia, and New Zealand. I’ve since moved to Copenhagen and Paris by myself, too. And while I set off in search…

In most cases, it’s totally safe for pregnant women to travel. They are, however, more vulnerable to certain ailments and diseases while flying and abroad. In addition, there are some logistical aspects to planning and accomplishing travel that may look different during pregnancy. By taking a few extra precautions, it’s possible to have a perfectly safe and comfortable travel experience…

garden in portugal

By the end of March, gardeners are dying to get outside, plant and see some greenery or blooms. You don’t have to go far to do that, but if you do travel outside your comfort zone, you might see a natural wonder that is really unique.  So, plant people: we’ve chosen places from all over the world for you to…

This vibrant and fresh recipe originated in Iran. Candy-colored beets layer with creamy labneh for a delicious and impressive dish that’s as healthy as it is beautiful. Beets are high in digestion-boosting fiber and also contain nitrates which help to widen blood vessels and improve blood pressure. Beets are also a rich source of Vitamin C and iron. Labneh, a…

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