How the BIRDies are finding moments of escapism whilst working remotely…

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The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’ – Dr. Seuss

Here at BIRD, we are strong believers in these wise old words. In light of recent developments around the world, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite reads and podcasts to inspire wanderlust, help ease anxiety and provide some much needed escapism from your living room. Read on for more…

Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild follows the lifelong journey of Christopher McCandless, an Emory University graduate and the son of wealthy parents who pursues his dreams of travelling. From kayaking down the Colorado River, running with wild horses in South Dakota, and wading in freezing water down the Stampede Trail in Alaska, this book will inspire you to take a road trip through the American south-west. It’s also a film so you can delve into his adventures even more on screen…

The Travel Diaries podcast, by Holly Rubenstein

This has to be one of our favourite podcasts for bucket list inspiration. Each week, Holly interviews a different guest about the travel experiences that have helped shaped their lives (think Sir Richard Branson, Sir Ranulph Feinnes, Ainsley Harriot and the lovely Melinda Stevens to name a few). If you’re hoping to be transported to wonderful and wanderlust-evoking places around the world, then this one is for you:

And Breathe, by Rebecca Dennis

Breathing is something we all know how to do and yet, the majority of us let go of our natural ability to breathe fully; resulting in tight muscles, restricted breathing and mental health struggles, too. The impact on our physical wellbeing is huge too. And Breathe teaches us how to harness the power of conscious breathing, a technique which helps alleviate stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration and depression, leaving you feeling calm, energised, focused and relaxed.

Happy Place podcast, by Fearne Cotton

Fearne’s HAPPY PLACE podcast builds on the success of her top 10 bestseller, HAPPY, where she draws on her own experiences and shares advice from experts on how to work through feeling blue to finding joy each and every day. In this podcast series, Fearne delves into this subject further by chatting to inspiring individuals who have either made a change in their own lives or who help people to find a different way of looking at life. Some of our favourite episodes have been with Stephen Fry, Nadiya Hussain and Tom Odell. What is yours? Take a listen here:

Where’s your Happy Place?