Fitness IRL: rock climbing

When I climb, I am only thinking about the rock features and my body positioning.


Workout-wise, any kind of pull-up is valuable, even if you are doing assisted pull-ups.


In moments of panic or fear, I come back to my breath—long, steady inhale, long open-mouth exhale.


There is nothing better than achieving a seemingly impossible goal with the backdrop of a beautiful landscape.


The shortlist: Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree is known as a site of spiritual healing and outdoor adventure. But, the cosmic desert locale also boasts excellent options for hospitality, food, and non-hiking activities. Here, where to stay, eat, and explore:

Where to stay:

Book at Sacred Sands, the most luxurious option in the area, offering panoramic views and mineral water hot tubs. Get the full desert experience at this dome-shaped rental with two bedrooms and a rustic, boho vibe.

Where to eat:

The Natural Sisters Cafe serves vegetarian sandwiches, smoothies, and locally-roasted coffee with an emphasis on seasonality and minimal environmental impact. Try the vegan carrot cake. For upscale, inventive fare head to La Copine. Dine on dishes like citrus and beet salad and eggplant al forno.

Where to climb:

Relax with a sound bath at The Integratron. See the stars at the Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center. Check out the spiky collection at the Cholla Cactus Garden.

- Leah Bhabha

48 hours in Milan

There are over 100 miles of cycling paths inside the city.