Hygge was all the rage last year — that Danish art of living that celebrated coziness and warmth. Make a fire in the fireplace, wear wool socks, pray it snows and forget yourself. Well now there is Lagom (Lah-gom), said to mean “enough is as good as a feast” and another Scandinavian import that might be a great benefit to some of us. It is the Swedish concept of a balanced life and though you might just think it is more of the same, it is a bit of a departure from Hygge. Here are the top five ways you can incorporate Lagom into your life this winter.
Practice restraint, or better yet, practice doing away with unnecessary possessions and clutter in your life. If you can do this, you can make room for better things. Clean out your closets and give away unnecessary items to Goodwill. But even more, it is about balance, not austerity, in material goods and your manner.
Fika, which means taking time with loved ones, apparently also means enjoying a quiet moment in the day in which you can eat and drink something small and sweet. Sounds alright, no?
Unplug, since Lagom is about having enough, giving yourself time to just be in the world instead of trying to control it is key. Log out of your work email for the whole weekend. Turn off all devices an hour before bed.
Be well-rested and try to get a little extra sleep.
Move more, this does not mean you hit the gym more than ever, but that you incorporate movement and nature walks into your everyday life.
Lagom is about balance, but part of that is leaving space open for new possibilities. Try Lagom for a month and see how you feel.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.