Everything is changing

Shifts in work, culture, and the environment

Welcome to Borderless. Every week, we handpick the best links on digital nomads, remote work and global mobility to help you navigate the quirks of living and working on the internet.

The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on the year just gone, and how different shifts and trends – however small they may seem in the moment – build up to the wider cultural shifts that reshape societies. Our choices and technology intertwine with societal transformations, impacting everything from our work habits to the environment.

This week's links include why greater thinkers thought travel was for fools, the impact of temperature on the way we speak, and some strange snow in the South Pole.

Wherever you are in the world right now, have a joyful and productive week.

– Anna at SafetyWing

Starting in October 2024, if you're a UK citizen going to Europe, you'll need to have your fingerprints and face scanned at the border. With these rules coming into place, the long-anticipated post-Brexit border controls will become a reality.

Simon Calder for The Independent

Every aspect of a language—its cadence, grammar, and vocabulary—have evolved over time. This evolution gives us a window into human history: social dynamics, migration patterns, and even the climate our ancestors lived through. Today I Learned, eh?

Hannah Seo for Atlas Obscura

Is VR the future of remote work? In theory, it combines the flexibility of “working from anywhere” with the benefits of in-person collaboration. But how does that play out in practice?

Hamish Hector for Techradar

In a new phenomenon that has scientists concerned, snow in Antarctica is turning red and green. Christmas in the South Pole? Not quite. Could this bizarre spectacle be an early glimpse into the impact of climate change on this fast-warming ecosystem?

Frank Jacobs for Atlas Obscura

Marcus Aurelius: Emperor, Philosopher – and TikTok therapist? Stoicism is having its internet moment. Turns out the human condition has changed very little since Ancient Rome. So, here’s what Marcus Aurelius thinks you should do with your life…

Juan Pablo Sánchez for National Geographic

The eras of 2023 saw internet culture journey from gender studies aka the “girl dinner” to the OpenAI implosion and ApeFest drama. This year saw it all.

Kate Lindsay for Vulture

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