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The Best Travel Jigsaw Puzzles To Quench Your Wanderlust

Just as travel has always been a great way to escape, travel jigsaw puzzles have become the escape of choice during the pandemic.

Jigsaw puzzles, in general, have become the activity for the pandemic, with sales doubling and tripling as people have found it a relaxing and satisfying way to escape the news, de-stress and create beautiful pieces of art in the process.

New puzzle companies are thriving, thanks to vibrant, unexpected images that transport you somewhere else, literally leave those boring old landscapes in the dust. They’re creating puzzles that will let you experience some of your favorite destinations in a whole new way.

“I asked myself what people were fantasizing about and realized it was travel: being far away in space and time from where we all were,” said Mia Galison, founder of Piece & Love by eeBoo. “The smell of food not cooked by you, the sounds of crowds, airplane solitude, sleepy taxi rides to unexplored destinations. It was all about traveling somewhere while staying put, disconnecting from the now for a little while, absorbed in the calm, pleasing act of putting together a beautiful jigsaw puzzle.”

Eric Dowdle, who’s been creating travel puzzles for more than two decades, agrees. “Unlike a picture that hangs on your wall, puzzles keep you engaged. For hours, you examine and study each piece and every detail. I’ve found that people love art that exposes them to new beauty, new feelings and even great memories. What better way to relive that fabulous vacation or time spent in a different part of the world? If it’s a place you haven’t had the opportunity to visit yet, spending hours assembling a puzzle of that location can transport your imagination into the image and allow you to connect in memorable ways.”

Here are some of the best travel puzzles and puzzle companies out there. All of these puzzles will become treasured gifts, and you may want to pick up a couple for yourself to get you through this time of staying home without going stir crazy.

Botany from Cloudberries

This gorgeous 1000-piece puzzle will send visions of flowers and mountains and piazzas dancing through your head. Featuring art by Japanese painter, Naomi Okubo, its strong linen-coated pieces have a premium matte finish that looks great and feels good as you snap them together. The UK-based Cloudberries puts an emphasis on design, and plants a tree for every puzzle sold. Price: $24.95

Roadtrip from Wander Puzzle Co.

This woman-owned business supports international female artists, like Ana Hard from Bilbao, Spain, who created this girl-powered puzzle that will bring a smile to the face of any woman who has ever gone on a music- and snack-filled road trip with her BFF. In fact, it’s such a fun puzzle, it just may inspire another trip.

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Cyber Monday travel deals to cure next year’s wanderlust

One of the best weeks for finding steep discounts and brand loyalty incentives is upon us, and this shopping season may be especially appealing for Seattle travelers.

Though travel is different this year as the pandemic has a hold on our collective lives, daydreaming and planning for better days ahead has avid travelers seeking out the best deals for the new year.

When Cyber Monday arrives this year, don’t get caught in a last-minute panic searching for deals. Scroll down to see some of the best discounted travel packages and deals. Then bookmark your favorites and boost your spirits with these great deals for future travels.

Costa Rica: Tierra Magnifica Luxury Resort


Newly-expanded Tierra Magnifica in Nosara, Costa Rica, is offering an appealing Cyber Monday deal with 25% savings in addition to resort perks. The adults-only boutique property is ideal for surf getaways and romantic retreats equally with a relaxing vibe and panoramic ocean views. Follow nature trails or soul search on a meditation deck, then dip down to the beach for a refreshing splash.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, book direct to receive half-price spa treatments during a discounted stay, available with booking code CYBER2020. This deal applies for travel dates between January 3 through the end of April 2021.

Jackson Hole, WY: Snow King Mountain

Ready to hit the slopes? Get ready to save on a fun family getaway to Snow King Resort, home to world-class downhill skiing, snowmobiling and more outdoor adventure. The deal runs exclusively between November 23-30 this year, offering up to 40% off lodging.

In addition to its location at the base of Snow King Mountain, Snow King Resort is in close proximity to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, making this an outdoor adventurists dream destination. Travel dates for this Cyber Monday deal are valid mid-December through the end of May 2021. If visiting this winter, guests will see the resort light up for the holiday season with a variety of family events taking place like scenic sleigh rides and Santa sightings.

Puerto Vallarta: Casa Kimberly Hotel

Travelers are already returning to Mexico, so visitors should already know what to expect as Puerto Vallarta reopens to guests. This sale season, take advantage of a rare deal to stay at Casa Kimberly, famously known as Elizabeth Taylor’s abode when courting Richard Burton. This former home has blossomed into a boutique hotel in the heart of romantic downtown Puerto Vallarta. Luxury suites, a pool, in-demand restaurant and soothing spa attract guests from around the world.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Casa Kimberly is offering a 50% discount on suite bookings for stays between December 2020 through the end of May 2021. Use offer code CYBERCK to reserve at this incredible rate.

Saint Lucia: Traveler’s Choice

Why book one great deal when so many great options are available for a decadent Saint Lucia getaway? The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority is calling upon visitors to explore and soak in the sunshine with not one,

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Cyber Monday travel deals to cure next year’s wanderlust

One of the best weeks for finding steep discounts and brand loyalty incentives is upon us, and this shopping season may be especially appealing for Seattle travelers.

Though travel is different this year as the pandemic has a hold on our collective lives, daydreaming and planning for better days ahead has avid travelers seeking out the best deals for the new year.

When Cyber Monday arrives this year, don’t get caught in a last-minute panic searching for deals. Scroll down to see some of the best discounted travel packages and deals. Then bookmark your favorites and boost your spirits with these great deals for future travels.

Costa Rica: Tierra Magnifica Luxury Resort

Newly-expanded Tierra Magnifica in Nosara, Costa Rica, is offering an appealing Cyber Monday deal with 25% savings in addition to resort perks. The adults-only boutique property is ideal for surf getaways and romantic retreats equally with a relaxing vibe and panoramic ocean views. Follow nature trails or soul search on a meditation deck, then dip down to the beach for a refreshing splash.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, book direct to receive half-price spa treatments during a discounted stay, available with booking code CYBER2020. This deal applies for travel dates between January 3 through the end of April 2021.

Jackson Hole, WY: Snow King Mountain

Ready to hit the slopes? Get ready to save on a fun family getaway to Snow King Resort, home to world-class downhill skiing, snowmobiling and more outdoor adventure. The deal runs exclusively between November 23-30 this year, offering up to 40% off lodging.

In addition to its location at the base of Snow King Mountain, Snow King Resort is in close proximity to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, making this an outdoor adventurists dream destination. Travel dates for this Cyber Monday deal are valid mid-December through the end of May 2021. If visiting this winter, guests will see the resort light up for the holiday season with a variety of family events taking place like scenic sleigh rides and Santa sightings.

Puerto Vallarta: Casa Kimberly Hotel

Travelers are already returning to Mexico, so visitors should already know what to expect as Puerto Vallarta reopens to guests. This sale season, take advantage of a rare deal to stay at Casa Kimberly, famously known as Elizabeth Taylor’s abode when courting Richard Burton. This former home has blossomed into a boutique hotel in the heart of romantic downtown Puerto Vallarta. Luxury suites, a pool, in-demand restaurant and soothing spa attract guests from around the world.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Casa Kimberly is offering a 50% discount on suite bookings for stays between December 2020 through the end of May 2021. Use offer code CYBERCK to reserve at this incredible rate.

Saint Lucia: Traveler’s Choice

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The Best Travel Books To Inspire Wanderlust

Travel looks a bit different these days and many folks are sticking closer to home, eschewing airplanes and far-off destinations. Even so, curiosity in other cultures, wild landscapes, or passions and hobbies across the globe hasn’t waned. Books have always created a window into an objectionably new worldview. Keep reading to discover top picks for titles that inspire wanderlust.

Women Adventurers and Globe-Trotters

Complicated and engaging, the women in Mia Kankimaki’s The Women I Think About at Night: Traveling the Paths of My Heroes are all explorers. Through each chapter, you’ll learn about women who went against the grain and set out on personal adventures to unapologetically live their lives with passion and fervor. You’ll read about a woman who ran a coffee plantation in Kenya; a travel writer who suffered from depression until she took the advice of a doctor to explore the high seas; a Buddhist nun who became the first white woman to enter Lhasa, a forbidden city in the mid 1920’s; an inventor who traveled around the world with just a handbag; and many more.

A Love Letter to Horses Around the World

Sarah Maslin Nir, a staff reporter for the New York Times, adores horses, their keepers, and the stories that are intertwined. Through her book, Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal, readers are taken on an insider’s adventure into the horse riding landscape across America (New York, California, Virginia, etc.). What’s more, is the deeper dive into Nir’s upbringing as she writes about the nannies who raised her, the accomplished and mature family she never really felt a part of (including a father who survived the Holocaust), and how horses helped her cope with a childhood full of loneliness.

Learn Survival Skills from an Expert

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to navigate by the night sky, tell time by the sun, start a fire without a match, keep warm in an igloo, fashion a canoe, or feel confident exploring the nature around you or in far-flung destinations, then you’ll love reading Richard Wiese’s book, Born to Explore. The chapters in this book read like a survival guide, giving you tools and tips for safety, navigation, shelter, food, weather, and spending lots of time in the great outdoors. Drawing on science, mental reasoning, adaptability and interpersonal skills, you’ll be equipped with knowledge and outdoor abilities after reading.

From Guatemala to America

The New American, by Micheline Aharonian Marcom, is a novel that takes you inside the experience of an undocumented college student “dreamer” named Emilio who, after getting into a car accident in California, is deported to Guatemala, a country he has never known. Emilio makes it to the U.S.—Mexico border and has to contend with law enforcement and a cast of nefarious characters. The book takes into account real-life

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‘Canadian wanderlust’ still strong amid COVID-19 concerns, Expedia report finds

Travel has been one of the hardest hit industries by the global COVID-19 pandemic but the new 2021 Travel Trends Report from Expedia shows that “Canadian wanderlust” is still strong.

In previous years, top trending destinations for travel by Canadians included a variety of international locations but in 2020, the destinations with the most interest were domestic locations, primarily Jasper, Alta., Gaspesie-Iles de la Madeleines, Que., Banff, Alta., Tofino-Ucluelet, B.C., and Okanagan Valley, B.C.

Of the top 20 most-search destinations by Canadians for 2021 travel, over half are islands in the southern hemisphere or other warm weather escapes that attract “sun and beach seekers.”

The top searched international destinations by Canadians for 2021 travel are:

• Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen and Tulum (#1)

• Puerto Vallarta (#2)

• Orlando (#3)

• Cancun (#4)

• Oahu (#5)

• Maui (#7)

• Punta Cana (#8)

• Maldives (#9)

• French Polynesia (#11)

• Bali (#13)

• Barbados (#15)

• Turks and Caicos (#16)

• St. Lucia (#17)

Nearby getaways are expected to remain popular into next year as Canadians continue to manage the COVID-19 situation, with travel interest from “slope and coast” explorers or people looking for some warmer temperatures close to home.

The top searched domestic destinations by Canadians for 2021 travel are:

  • Banff, Alta. (#6)

  • Okanagan Valley, B.C. (#10)

  • Whistler, B.C. (#12)

  • Mont Tremblant, Que. (#14)

  • Victoria, B.C. (#18)

  • Collingwood, Ont. (#19)

  • Tofino-Ucluelet, B.C. (#20)

Canadian travellers want flexibility, enhanced safety protocols and alternative accommodations

For Canadians booking travel plans for 2021, the Expedia report highlights some clear priorities in the post-COVID-19 world.

First and foremost, flexibility in booking is “required” for travellers, with Canadians booking refundable rates 10 per cent more often in 2020 compared to last year. Additionally, Expedia.ca lodging data shows average daily rates for refundable bookings were about 15 per cent cheaper in this year, compared to 2019.

Health and safety enhancement are a concern going into 2021, as should be expected with increasing COVID-19 cases in much of the world. Expedia found that since May, almost 300,000 properties added health and cleanliness information on Expedia.ca, including enhanced cleaning measures, contactless check-in and social distancing.

Concerns about safety is impacting trip planning as well, including accommodations. Alternative properties for travel lodging have been increasingly popular, specifically private vacation homes, cottages, glamping experiences, treehouses and house boats.

Canadians are also looking at shorter booking windows for travel plans. In 2019, the average Canadian traveller booked flights about 34 days in advance of their departure, but that window shortened to 22 days. Expedia indicates this is a trend with accommodations as well. Last minute bookings during the summer were on the rise with around half of Canadian travellers booking trips up to seven days out.

Bali, Indonesia (Expedia)
Bali, Indonesia (Expedia)

How to save money on travel bookings for 2021

The federal government is still recommending that Canadians avoid all non-essential travel but the introduction of the government-supported Alberta pilot program to test a reduction in the 14-day

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Wanderlust guaranteed! Harry Styles’ drives around Amalfi coast in Golden music video, gives dreamy European vacation vibes. WATCH – travel

Harry Styles’ most recent single Golden’s music video is guaranteed to give you wanderlust especially after all these months cooped up at home on account of the coronavirus lockdown. The English singer-songwriter released the music video for his song Golden on Monday (local time) that features the ultimate vision of a European dream. The 26-year-old former ‘One Direction’ member dropped the video on Twitter and noted, “GOLDEN. OUT NOW.” The three-minute-twenty-nine second picturesque video begins with Harry singing as he runs through an empty highway tunnel and countryside road. Then, he drives a vintage car and takes a swim in a lagoon. In some shots, Harry is seen in a turquoise blazer and patterned collar shirt paired with bell bottom pants. In others, he is caught in a barely buttoned white top and tan shorts, but ultimately, the star ditched the shirts altogether as he posed in front of a colourful body of water, exposing his heavily tattooed upper half.

 

“Golden, golden, golden / As I open my eyes / Hold it, focus, hoping / Take me back to the light,” he sings. “I know you were way too bright for me / I’m hopeless, broken / So you wait for me in the sky Browns my skin just right.”

As per E!News, ‘Golden’ is the opening song of the singer’s 2019 album ‘Fine Line’ and the fourth music video, the latest being ‘Watermelon Sugar’ which was released in May. The upbeat track was covered by Kelly Clarkson on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’, during the show’s ‘Kellyoke’ segment. Styles also made headlines earlier this month when 72-year-old Stevie Nicks–who Harry has a special bond with–shared that she’d be interested in the 26-year-old if he were closer to her age. As reported by E!News, during an interview with the Los Angeles Times in September, the legendary singer-songwriter said an older version of Harry “would be a good thing.”

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