There’s value in trying things without commitment

AsAs I write this, there’s an almost-new guitar sitting in my parents’ basement, a pair of slightly scuffed tap shoes in my closet, one mostly deformed ring holder on my dresser, and a dwindling supply of handmade thank-you cards — well, somewhere in my apartment, I think.

Collectively, these items…

It has all the same benefits as a book club, but it’s more adaptable to busy schedules

About a decade ago, shortly after my daughter was born, I developed my own private ritual: Whenever I needed a pick-me-up from the intense demands of new motherhood, I’d turn on the parenting podcast The Shortest Longest Time. …

Take these real, not-a-crazy-person strategies with you on your next journey and remain in fine form from liftoff to landing and beyond.

Illustrations by Matt Chinworth

There’s already so much that can go wrong when traveling before you even throw your health into the mix. But if you’ve ever had a panic attack on the tarmac or stomach issues in a faraway land, you know that moving out of your comfort zone…

Liz Krieger

Liz Krieger is a freelance writer who has written for Harper’s Bazaar, The Cut, Marie Claire and many other publications. See work at

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