LOJEL Journal

Inspired by new experiences and new encounters, Paid Leave is a curated collection of interests and inspirations for today’s travelers.



In the third issue of Paid Leave, we examine how travel can improve our personal wellness. We begin with A Case for Solitude, one traveler’s thoughts on the benefits of traveling alone. Then, in Natural State, we suggest how you can escape for a restful, remote weekend away. And finally, your favorite series return: we explore Portland, Oregon in Local Time, ask you to reflect on your own wellness routines using our latest Creative Workbook, answer your most pressing questions in Plane Truth: Volume 2, and introduce our newest playlist, The Check In.

Playlist: The Check-In

Creative Workbook: Wellness

It can be surprising to discover what you need to feel well—a few good books, a personalized self-care routine, a change of environment. Many health crazes have come and gone in recent decades, each offering a different path to fulfilment, but the concept of wellness has never resonated as deeply as it does today. We […]

Plane Truth: Volume 2

Plane Truth is a series about how best to balance travel demands, professional obligations, and personal fulfilment. In this volume, we answer questions about how to maintain wellness while traveling and discuss the ways you can achieve physical and emotional health on your journeys. Let us know how you remain well by leaving a comment […]

Local Time: Portland

When you’re traveling, time isn’t always a luxury you can afford. You can add more time onto a business trip or extend a layover—but inevitably, there will be occasions when you find yourself in a new city and you only have a limited window to take it all in. But two minutes might be all […]

Principles of Modern Travel: Zachary Plavsic

Blogs, magazines, guidebooks. You may often refer to these sources for inspiration and advice, but the truth is, there’s no “correct” way to travel. From departure to arrival, there are countless things to see and do. To discover what you need most from these experiences, question your intentions and evaluate why you’re traveling in the […]

A Case for Solitude

At home, we experience solitude without a second thought—we drive alone, shop alone, work alone, exercise alone. Why is it, then, that this solitude is called into question when we travel? Before I embark on a new adventure, people often ask me, “Who are you traveling with?” and I usually hesitate to answer, “Well, just […]

Natural State

Ah, the weekend. The lodestar we look to during the workweek, a bit of shiny sanctuary. Even better: the weekend getaway. And better still: the out-of-the-ordinary weekend getaway that takes you into a different milieu and tunes in to another frequency. As author and sage John Steinbeck wrote, “…we do not take a trip; a […]