LOJEL Journal

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



The fifth issue of Paid Leave is all about how exploring different cultures can lead to deeper understanding—of ourselves and others. First, we turn to our Creative Workbook to assess our personal customs and routines, and consider how these things might be challenged while abroad. We offer advice about how to feel immersed in a new place in Plane Truth; experience a city through someone else’s eyes in Local Time; hear stories from our latest Principle of Modern Travel; and listen to a range of musical genres in LOJEL Playlist. And finally, we introduce Momento, a series which asks members of the #LojelCollective to share the travel items they can’t live without or keepsakes from their journeys. Each offers a lesson in what can truly be gained while traveling: knowledge, perspective, and a greater sense of self.

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Local Time: Brooklyn

Creative Workbook: 10 Questions for Finding a Routine in New Places

Traveling is, at its most basic level, an opportunity to discover yourself. Yet many of us are often tempted to stick with what we know, and find ourselves longing for the comforts of home—especially when language barriers and cultural differences present themselves. After all, humans are creatures of habit, and when we’re forced to break […]

Plane Truth: How to Immerse Yourself in a Culture

It can be challenging to fully immerse yourself in a local culture—especially when your time is limited. Learning about centuries-old etiquette, distinctive ways of life, and unfamiliar social norms requires more than just a few days; these can take months, even years to fully grasp. But as I’ve learned from my experiences abroad, there are […]

Principles of Modern Travel: Ola Volo

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 […]

Memento: Courtney Chew

No matter where we travel to, there are things we take with us—or things we bring home to remember a place. That’s the purpose of this series: to learn about the #LojelCollective’s favorite items or keepsakes, and the stories behind them. Oahu, Hawaii: I love how oceans bring strangers together. Locals and tourists alike swim […]

Playlist: Clearing Customs

Our senses are what enhance our memories of a city—and help us recall these moments once we have returned home. The smell of sand and sea may instantly transport you back to a beach in Portugal, the sound of honking horns and indistinct chatter may remind you of a busy New York street. Traveling is […]