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Here are the ‘most popular’ cosmetic procedures around the world for 2020, says medical travel company

When it comes down to cosmetic procedures, some rank higher than others.

And with beauty being in the eye of the beholder, of course the types of procedures people are looking into vary around the world. That’s why the German-based health consultation resource Qunomedical analyzed internal search data to find out which procedures its users want.

In the U.S., the top 14 searches for cosmetic procedures on Qunomedical in 2020 are Botox injections, liposuction, tummy tucks, Brazilian butt lifts, rhinoplasties, breast enlargement surgeries, hair transplants, lip fillers, mommy makeovers, breast reduction surgeries, facelifts, butt implants, gynecomastia surgeries (breast reduction for men) and beard transplants.


The same cosmetic procedures and surgeries were found to be the most popular across the 11 other countries Qunomedical analyzed, however, the order varied.

People around the world are largely looking into 14 cosmetic procedures to enhance their body or face, search data from Qunomedical shows. (iStock)

People around the world are largely looking into 14 cosmetic procedures to enhance their body or face, search data from Qunomedical shows. (iStock)

In Canada, Botox was the top searched-for procedure followed by rhinoplasty and hair transplants. Whereas people from the U.K., Ireland and Germany had lip fillers, Botox and hair transplants in their top 3.

Australia and New Zealand had identical top searches with Botox, lip fillers and liposuction rounding out the first three spots.


Rhinoplasties were the number 1 search in France and Spain. However, the two countries differed in the rest of its rankings although liposuction did also make the cut for the top three.

Italian Qunomedical users searched for lip fillers, rhinoplasties and breast enlargement surgeries the most while Dutch users searched for breast enlargement, hair transplants and Botox the most. South African users, on the other hand, searched for liposuction, Botox and tummy tucks.


“As the year ends we can see that this was a global phenomenon,” said Qunomedical’s CEO Dr. Sophie Chung, in a statement.  “Lockdown was tough for everyone, but with more privacy, less socializing, and a lot of holidays to spare, people saw an opportunity to reflect on important things like self-care and their confidence.”

She added that celebrities may also be a contributing factor for why people around the world have been more open to cosmetic enhancements. Interestingly, online searches in medical tourism have risen in the last 12 months despite lockdowns from COVID-19.


“Qunomedical has also seen a surge in interest in surgery abroad during lockdown,” Chung said. “Along with cheaper flights more people are discovering they can get the same high-quality treatment for a lower price and more privacy away from home.”

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Vrbo family travel trends and popular vacation rentals for 2021

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  • Due to COVID-19, domestic destinations and private vacation rentals in nature have seen big spikes as travelers prioritize safety and isolation.
  • Expect these trends to continue into 2021, especially for families, according to Vrbo’s new travel trend report. 
  • The report is based on a survey of over 8,000 people, as well as Vrbo travel demand over a 12-month period.
  • We break down the top four family travel trends from the report’s findings below, plus highlight top-rated Vrbos to book. 

The travel trends triggered by the pandemic this year show little sign of slowing down as the new year approaches. As travelers continue to prize safety above all else, family travelers especially are seeking lodging in private homes (doctors consider these low risk for virus transmission) in drivable, domestic destinations.

The vacation rental platform Vrbo announced its 2021 Travel Trend Report, which identifies some more specifics surrounding where, why, and how families will likely target their travel in the coming year amid the ongoing pandemic. The report compiled data from a survey of over 8,000 people, as well as taking into account Vrbo travel demand from families over a 12-month period.

According to the report’s findings, 82% of families are already making plans for 2021. They’re likely to put a continued emphasis on road trips, and hybrid work-leisure trips. In terms of lodging styles and locales, visitors are seeking cozy cabins, as well as homes in natural settings close to lakes, rivers and streams. And overall, families say they plan to go big whenever it’s safe, with most planning to take a trip to a domestic bucket-list destination whenever conditions support doing so.

And, the trends also highlight that families are considering mental health along with physical health and safety. In fact, 22% of travelers surveyed said a vacation would improve mental health and act as self-care. 

“It’s so great to see how these trends are tied to mental health because for so long, we’ve kind of ignored mental health. And it’s so important, especially now,” pediatric psychologist and parenting coach Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart, explained in a Vrbo news release. “Neurologically, our brain doesn’t like monotony because we lose our motivation. We become exhausted, agitated and irritable when it’s too much of the same stuff, so changing your environment is important.”

Dr. Lockhart also notes that “any change of scenery makes a difference that can help support families and kids, and their mental health.”

To highlight some of the best rental options in keeping with Vrbo’s family travel trends, we selected listings with the following characteristics: 

  1. All listings are for entire private homes with plenty of space for families and multiple bedrooms.
  2. All are highly rated with near-perfect ratings, and a minimum average score of 4.9 out of 5.
  3. Our picks are right for a range of budgets. Average nightly rates range from just $80 to $500 per night to start.

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Sunwing extends massive savings on popular vacation packages with Cyber Monday Sale – Press Release

TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Shoppers who may have missed out on Sunwing’s popular Orange Friday Sale are in luck. The tour operator is extending the savings by offering customers incredible deals during their Cyber Monday Sale, giving customers another opportunity to secure their dream getaway at a great price point. Available for one day only – until 11:59 p.m. (ET) tonight, November 30 – Canadians can save up to 50% on vacation packages to the most popular destinations and resorts in the tropics, including Canadian-owned brands.

“Our Orange Friday Sale was so popular that we unveiled even more deals for our Cyber Monday Sale,” said Samantha Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer of Sunwing Travel Group. “Whether Canadians are planning a solo getaway, a romantic retreat or a fun-filled adventure, they can secure their dream getaway at an amazing price and book with peace of mind under our wing.”

Packages during the Cyber Monday Sale start from as low as $975 per person (including taxes, based on double occupancy) for a 7-night stay in a Gardenview Room at Memories Jibacoa in Varadero, departing from Toronto on January 10, 2020. This adults only resort is located on the pristine shores of Jibacoa Beach and is the perfect spot for couples and friends planning a relaxing beach getaway.

Bargain hunters can score a luxury getaway for less at Royalton Punta Cana Resort and Casino in the Dominican Republic. For just $1,085 per person (including taxes, based on double occupancy), travellers can enjoy a 7-night stay in a Luxury Room departing from Toronto on January 10, 2021. Nestled on the world-famous shores of Bavaro Beach, vacationers can look forward to All-In Luxury™ amenities and world-class service, with the high standards they expect from a Canadian brand.

Canadians looking to soak up the sun on the shores of Riviera Maya can head to Riu Yucatan for just $1,285 per person (including taxes, based on double occupancy) for a 7-night stay in a Hotel Room departing from Toronto on January 9, 2021. Guests can spend their days lounging poolside with a margarita in hand or head into downtown Playa Del Carmen just a short walk away. Plus, vacationers can take their budget even further with exclusive RIU-topia inclusions for Sunwing guests.

Vacationers can make their return to travel safely and responsibly with the Safe with Sunwing commitment. Created under the advisement of global healthcare leader Medcan, the program ensures that the highest Canadian standards are in place every step of the way. Plus, travellers can book with peace of mind with the tour operator’s flexible booking options which include the ability to change or cancel their plans anytime with ease and complimentary COVID-19 coverage is included on select packages for departures until December 31, 2021.

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Sunwing unveils massive Black Friday savings with up to 50% off popular vacation packages

TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This Black Friday, Sunwing is offering some of the best deals in the history of the company with up to 50% off vacation packages during their popular Orange Friday Sale. The sale is on now through Sunday, November 29, with savings on vacation packages for every travel style, whether Canadians are planning a romantic getaway, a solo escape or an extended stay. Sun-seekers will want to act fast to secure some of the best travel deals ever seen to the most popular destinations including Cancun, Punta Cana and Varadero.

“We’re helping Canadians book the getaway of their dreams at an incredible price this Black Friday,” said Samantha Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer of Sunwing Travel Group. “With winter right around the corner, plenty of Canadians are eager to head back to paradise safely and responsibly, and we’re helping them get there under our wing. We secured savings on some of the most popular vacation packages; from luxurious adults only resorts to charming beachfront properties, there’s something for everyone.”

Packages start from as low as $665 per person (including taxes, based on double occupancy) for a 7-night stay at popular beachfront resort Starfish Varadero in a Gardenview Room departing from Toronto on January 10, 2021. This charming resort is perfect for vacationers planning a classic sun-and-sand getaway and is located on one of Varadero’s famous stretches of pristine white-sand shores.

Canadians can soak up the sun on Punta Cana’s famous white-sand shores at Riu Republica, home to the only water park exclusively for adults in the Caribbean. This property is an ideal choice for couples, friends or solo travellers, with no single supplement fees for a limited time. Packages to this adults only resort start at just $1,045 per person (including taxes, based on double occupancy) for a 7-night stay in a Hotel Room departing from Toronto on January 10, 2021. Plus, travellers can take their budget even further with exclusive RIU-topia inclusions for Sunwing guests.

Another popular resort included in the sale is Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun Resort and Spa, perfect for those planning an adults only getaway. Vacationers can head to Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun for just $1,095 per person (including taxes, based on double occupancy) for a 7-night stay in a Luxury Junior Suite departing from Toronto on January 9, 2021. Located just steps from the excitement of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, this 18+ oasis is home to the glamorous Level 18 Rooftop Cabana Lounge.

Vacationers can book with peace of mind knowing that the highest Canadian standards are in place throughout their entire vacation experience with the Safe with Sunwing commitment, created under the advisement of global healthcare leader Medcan. Travellers can choose from flexible booking options including the ability to change or cancel their plans anytime with ease, monthly payment options and complimentary Price Drop Cash Back. Packages booked during the sale for departures between October 16, 2020, and December 31, 2021, also include COVID-19 coverage at no additional cost.


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Outdoor recreation is popular in Connecticut, but enthusiasts aren’t spending much, US statistics say

Perhaps it’s the state parks that are available for free or Connecticut’s cramped geography, but whatever the reason, residents and visitors didn’t spend much money last year on outdoor recreation.

The outdoor recreation economy in Connecticut accounted for 1.3% of the state’s economy in 2019, last in the nation, according to recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Leading the way were boating and fishing and golf and tennis.

Not surprisingly, Hawaii with its abundant beaches and verdant forests was No. 1, accounting for 5.8% of its economy.

Outdoor recreation includes conventional activities such as bicycling, boating, hiking and hunting; gardening and outdoor concerts; and travel and tourism, local trips and government spending.

Connecticut’s outdoor recreation value last year was about $3.7 billion. For the U.S., it was nearly $460 billion.

Northern New England — Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont — posted greater shares of New England’s economy spent on outdoor recreation, particularly snow-related activities such as skiing in Vermont.

Western states such as Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming with their vistas, canyons and popular national parks accounted for the highest shares of the outdoor recreation economy. So did Florida, a major tourist destination.

The spread of COVID-19 has prompted a boom in outdoor activities in response to stay-at-home orders.

“The BEA release of economic data comes at a time when the health and wellness benefits of recreation cannot be overstated,” the Outdoor Industry Association said. “People want to get outside for their physical and mental health.”

The crush of people in parks, hiking trails and other outdoor places could be creating problems.

“We remain troubled by the evidence that popular outdoor locations continue to suffer from overcrowding by visitors, defeating the purpose of physical distancing protocols meant to minimize coronavirus-related health risks,” the Connecticut Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club says.

Stress on state and federal recreation areas in the Northeast “may have consequences far outlasting the current quarantine,” the club says. It recommends limited outdoor activities such as brief outings.

Trails and grounds of Connecticut’s state parks and forests are open for solitary recreation, not group activities, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says.

Growth in the outdoor recreation economy was slower last year than the overall economy: up 1.3% increase vs. 2.2% growth of the U.S. economy.

Stephen Singer can be reached at [email protected]


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Relaxing Sounds From 50 Popular Vacation Spots

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The holiday season is a time when many people go to see loved ones, discover new places, or enjoy a few days on the beach. But thanks to the pandemic, travel enthusiasts may feel more restless than usual. This year, help the armchair adventurers in your life ease their wanderlust with these gifts that’ll get them dreaming about their future trips.

1. Explore The World Wall Calendar; $26

Since 2020 has not been the year of travel, hopefully 2021 will be. This wall calendar from Rifle Paper Co. features a new city each month, beautifully designed to make viewers want to grab their passports. From month to month, your traveler will get to discover new places to explore, from Kenya to Marrakesh to Kyoto to Oaxaca.

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2. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: The World as You’ve Never Seen It Before (Deluxe Edition); $40

It seems as though every traveler has read the original 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz. Now, she’s back with a deluxe edition of the book. The updated tome features over a thousand stunning new photographs and 544 new pages of prose for wanderlusting individuals to add to their itinerary.

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3. Mental Floss Holland Shirt; $25

Here at Mental Floss, we know a good joke when we see one. Our new and improved shop features some of the best shirts out there that will almost guarantee a smile from spectators. This particular shirt will help lift anyone’s spirits about not being in the Netherlands with the slogan “Can’t Dutch This.”

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4. Moleskine Traveller’s Journal; $26

Every good traveler knows they need to document their trips. Your loved one can pretend they’re Jack Kerouac, Elizabeth Gilbert, or Hunter S. Thompson with a trusty travel journal in their hands as they embark on a new great adventure. This one from Moleskine is the perfect travel companion on any type of trip, since it already does all the organization. The sturdy cover can withstand wherever your giftee takes it.

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5. Ancestry DNA Genetic Ethnicity Test; $99

Heritage tourism has been around for a long time, but with the introduction of accessible ancestral DNA tests, these types of trips have skyrocketed. While your travel enthusiast is waiting for the pandemic to be over, they can pass the time by learning more about where their family came from, and even plan their heritage trip once travel is safe again.

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6. Condé Nast Traveler 1-Year Autorenewal Subscription; $5

Have travel brought to your giftee’s doorstep with a subscription to one of the industry’s leading magazines. Condé Nast Traveler is known for its stunning photography, coverage of hidden locales, and luxury getaways. Since people are stuck at home this holiday season, let the pages of this magazine virtually transport

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Popular vacation spot on Lake Granby destroyed in East Troublesome Fire

GRANBY, Colo. (KDVR) — For the first time since fleeing with three T-shirts and a pair of jeans, Paul Hedgecock and his son walked the campground that has been in his family for decades.

The Highland Marina on Lake Granby has been a prime spot for vacationers, boaters and fisherman. Now it’s reduced to twisted metal and ash after the East Troublesome Fire blew through the area last week.

“This is the only place it crossed the highway,” Hedgecock said. “It just jumped around. It’s like a tornado or something.”

The East Troublesome Fire pummeled the bait and tackle shop at the entrance, leaving just a hole in the ground.

Hedgecock lost his home, as did his daughter. By his count, 43 other structures including RVs and mobile homes were destroyed.

“They were all places where people came up to have fun, and they loved their places,” Hedgecock said. 

Despite the devastation, Hedgecock remains optimistic they’ll still be able to hold boats this spring.

“We still have docks and we can still house people, we just got a lot of cleaning up to do,” Hedgecock said. “It’ll be different. There won’t be any trees, but that’ll make the view better from the top of the hill. Look at that view. Makes it all good.”

Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe to help the Hedgecocks pay for rebuilding the marina.

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25 Most Popular Recreational Activities For First Time Participants

Most health enthusiasts agree, living an active lifestyle is crucial to a healthy life. The problem with most people however is that first, crucial step into an activity that promotes a non sedentary lifestyle. Some activities may require some knowledge and skills that may not be easy for most to acquire. So what’s a person to do? The answer is to face it head on but to help you out, I’ve compiled a list of activities most popular among first time users. Based on research by the Outdoor foundation, these are 25 most popular recreational activities For First Time Participants.

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As the title indicates, salt water fishing takes place out at sea giving fishermen the opportunity to catch large and exotic fishes such as the Marlin. The big draw back to this activity is that you have to have access to a boat (either own, know someone who does, or rent), and own special fishing gear that can handle large catches.


With about 10,000 species of birds and only a handful of people who can claim having seen over 7000 of them, bird watching is become a popular recreation activity. It’s believed that bird watching is an expression of the male hunting instinct while others links it with the male tendency for “systemizing”. Either way, bird watching is a great, safe way to enjoy nature.


Also known as downhill skiing, Alpine skiing began as a club sport in 1861 at Kiandra in Australia. Today, most alpine skiing occurs at ski resorts with ski lifts that transport skiers up the mountain.


An American born sport that is getting world wide attention, snowboarding was developed in the 1960’s and became part of the Olympics in 1998. Like any other extreme sport, snowboarding does present risks of injury (especially for new participants), in fact, you are twice as likely to get injured while snowboarding than Alpine skiing.


Not to be confused with backpacking for traveling purposes, overnight backpacking describes a multi-day hike that involves camping. Aside from the health benefits, backpacking allows adventurers to enjoy remote places that are usually un-accessible by any other means.