Paid Leave Issue 01

The Modern Travel Manifesto: Introducing Paid Leave

The idea of “paid leave” is well-established in today’s work culture; you could even say it’s essential. We all take them. We step away from our work once in a while and take time for friends and family, for healing and wellness, or for escape and exploration—that’s our favorite kind of paid leave, of course. Whether it’s exploring a new part of the world, or exploring the ideas, interests, and inspirations within ourselves, any adventure or endeavor is about finding something fascinating and fulfilling.

photo by Chris Barbalis

"Every time we travel, take in new experiences, and learn new things, we are in effect taking a paid leave."

And not everyone has paid leave in the conventional sense—think of self-employed freelancers and creatives: in this case, the concept of payment is never purely financial, is it? There are endless ways of enriching ourselves; of being rewarded by new experiences and encounters, whether they’re related to business or pleasure.

"Whether it’s exploring a new part of the world, or exploring the ideas, interests, and inspirations within ourselves, any adventure or endeavor is about finding something fascinating and fulfilling."

photo by Markos Mant

So we make that our mantra of modern travel: to let our journeys enrich life. You don’t choose your destinations based on what’s trending in the moment, or because they were on somebody else’s list of must-sees. You choose them because you want to better yourself, personally and professionally. And in doing so, you’re compensated with all kinds of currency—not necessarily in terms of dollars and cents, but in terms of acquiring new knowledge, having seen and done. It’s social and cultural capital that make our travels truly meaningful.

photo by Serhat Beyazkaya

"You don’t choose your destinations based on what’s trending in the moment, or because they were on somebody else’s list of must-sees. You choose them because you want to better yourself, personally and professionally."

photo by Joe Cooke

That’s the purpose of this new publication: to help travelers see the value in everywhere they visit. In this issue, we’ll be introducing several new series to explore this.

In "Plane Truth", we respond to frequently asked questions from our readers—anything related to travel is fair game.

In "Local Time", we get an on-the-ground account of must-sees in different cities—with itineraries calculated to the minute so that you can take it all in.

In "Shared Perspective" we look at how cities are shaped by local arts and culture—and how the cityscape in turn nurtures and influences its creative communities.

In "How to Choose Your Travel Essentials", we ask travelers to unpack their bags and describe how each item can lead to a more fulfilling travel experience.

Last but not least, our "Creative Workbook" provides a framework for you to reflect on your experiences—past and present—and suggest unique ways to learn, dream, and discover on your journeys.

"You only live once, so make time for what matters."

Every time we travel, take in new experiences, and learn new things, we are in effect taking a paid leave. If your work gives you an opportunity to go abroad, take it; and if it doesn’t, know that it’s okay to step away from your desk and set off on your own odyssey. Do it every year—as often as you can. You only live once, so make time for what matters. And whether or not you’re paid to travel, never forget that travel is a payment in and of itself.

— Lojel