How to celebrate Midsummer the Scandinavian way

Nordic flowers

Midsummer in Scandinavia is a magical time with parties lasting long into the night to celebrate the longest day, says author Brontë Aurell. Midsummer in Scandinavia Midsummer, to Swedes especially, is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. In Sweden, the date moves each year, as it is an official holiday – and it is… Read more

Yoga, wellbeing and mindfulness festivals in the UK in 2018

Mind Body Spirit

We’ve rounded up some of our fave events for mindfulness, yoga, wellbeing, music and more. Plan your trip and pop the dates in your diary! We’ll be updating this page regularly, so come back to see what’s been added to our calendars… Words by Gemma Harris. 2018 festivals Mind Body Spirit The world-famous Mind Body… Read more

How to find your ikigai – the Japanese secret to a long and happy life

The people of Okinawa believe that the path to contentment lies in finding your ikigai. Héctor García & Francesc Miralles explore their wisdom and ideas… We all need a passion, a drive, something that gives meaning to our lives. You may have already found yours. You may be at the start of your journey, enjoying… Read more

How to travel with friends and stay friends with them after the trip

Friends on holiday

Understanding yourself, your desires and your shortcomings, and being able to communicate with others about them, is key to a happy holiday, says travel blogger Allison Green. Travel is amazing. It opens doors to cultures you never knew existed. It inspires creativity and passion in avenues you’d never imagine, but it’s also incredibly difficult. Language… Read more

Bring balance to your life with the Swedish lagom lifestyle and try fika

Swedish lake

For the Danish people happiness is all about hygge and for Finns it’s important to find your sisu, but Swedes look for lagom in their lives. Lagom (pronounced law-gum) means ‘just the right amount’ and it describes the Swedish attitude to life. It’s about having what you need, but not more. You don’t over-indulge in anything,… Read more

Relax, recharge and get creative with Step Ball Change

Lake District view

Life often moves at great speed, whether you’re racing forward or spinning on the spot, a constant stream of plans, commitments, people and places can leave little time to focus on yourself. When we are living such busy lives self-care is crucial, but it can be hard to find time to prioritise it on a… Read more

Head into the rainforest with She Explores

She Explores

Go offline with the She Explores founder, Gale Straub, and two creators, Heidi Annalise and Megan McDuffie as they explore the temperate rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. Watch the video to follow their adventure…   Gale Straub is the founder of popular website and She Explores and she’s joined on the trip by… Read more

7 ways to garden mindfully and find your inner calm

When life feels like it’s getting on top of you, spending time in a quiet garden can really help you regain your inner balance and perspective. By its very nature, gardening forces you to slow down. It’s not something that you can rush or do in a hurry and it gives you the chance to be… Read more

How to love winter the Norwegian way

Norwegian fjord

Norwegian winters are all about skiing, cosy evenings by the fire and sweet waffles with jam. With its long, dark evenings, visiting Norway in the winter could be a gloomy affair, but if you embrace the weather the Norwegian way then you’re bound to enjoy your trip. The Scandinavian nation is still ranked as one… Read more

Finland is named the happiest country in the world in the UN World Happiness Report 2018

A happy woman in Helsinki, Finland

The UN’s World Happiness Report 2018 has revealed that Finland is the happiest place on Earth – knocking Norway off the top spot. The report ranks the level of life satisfaction in 156 countries world wide based on Gallup polls.  This year, as expected, the Nordic countries all top the ranking with Finland taking the… Read more