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How to Spend Your Autumn in Vancouver During COVID-19

The whole world of leisure and tourism has been turned upside down by the onset and widespread nature of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Nations and localities have entered lockdown, sometimes on multiple occasions, and even in places where this is no longer necessary people are wary. Social distancing, masks, and other measures are now in place to try and limit the risk of contagion, and this has helped to make both outdoor and online sites such as the best online casinos in Canada more attractive propositions for spending one’s leisure time. Here are some ways that those in Vancouver can enjoy their Autumn, and defy the pandemic’s shadow. Beautiful Canadian Resort Destinations Canada’s a nation renowned for its huge expanses of natural beauty, many of which are conveniently close to the country’s major cities. Located on Vancouver Island itself is the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, ideal for fans of the great…

10 Casinos to Visit Around the World

There is nothing quite like a night at the casino. It’s almost half a century since we were first introduced to “Bond, James Bond” and where did we meet him? Why at the baccarat table in a swanky casino on the French Riviera, of course. That scene and countless others since have helped establish the casino as the place to go for a night of sophisticated fun and drama. We know our readers are as eager as anyone to follow in Bond’s footsteps from time to time and to enjoy an exciting night out during their travels. With this in mind, we spoke to gambling expert Jacob Hayes of CasinoBlox and asked him to tell us about the casinos he has enjoyed the most over the years. The result is a blend of world-renowned classics and real left-field surprises.  Casino Square, Monte Carlo, Monaco You can’t talk casinos without talking…

Where to Celebrate Halloween in Ireland

Halloween can trace its routes all the way back to Celtic Ireland. Some of the most popular customs and traditions date all the way back to Ireland’s Ancient East and the Celtic festival of Samhain, a great celebration of fire and feasting that marked the end of the season of light and the beginning of the dark days of winter. At this moment of transition, the Celts believed there was an interaction between the worlds of the living and the dead and that spirits could move between them. Fearing that all manner of beings might pull them into the otherworld before their time, the Celts would disguise themselves in costumes to confuse and scare off the roaming ghosts, fairies, hobgoblins and demons.  The History of Halloween The modern practice of dressing up at Halloween is firmly rooted in these old pre-Christian Celtic customs, as is the tradition of lighting bonfires, which began on hilltops in Ireland with clans and community gathering to light huge ceremonial Samhain fires.  Lit up pumpkins with ghoulish faces is another much-loved aspect of Halloween. The practice of carving them began in Ireland, where turnips and large potatoes served as the original Jack-o-lanterns.  Irish immigrants eventually brought the tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and the winter squash has now become integral to the Halloween festivities.  Trick or treating is another…

Ways to Incorporate Art Into Your Small Space

Mason Lane Art was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 2014 out of a desire to help the entry-level collector discover art that brings them long term enjoyment. Their process is approachable and transparent. They help clients discover artwork that helps a space feel balanced, complete, and personalized. The team has grown throughout six years of operation, expanding to Toronto in 2019 with an office that is led by Laura Mann. Laura was brought on to this project after the amazing 2H Interior Design team outfitted the Toronto pied-a-terre with all the necessities: furniture, styling and even wallpaper. The one thing needed, though, to bring this from a staged environment look to a unique home that reflected our client’s style and energy, was the artwork. That’s where Laura and the team came in to help design this condo. In this space, they played with scale and mixed materials to create…

3 Ways to Warm Up Your Home This Fall

The leaves are changing, the winds are getting cooler, and everything on the menu is flavoured with pumpkin spice. Even though we hear a ton about Spring cleaning, my favourite time to change up my house is the fall re-fresh. If you’re looking to add a bit of cozy into your home, Cushy has a collection of handmade rugs, cushions and home decor items that will give you a bit of warmth and that pop of colour you’ve been missing. Cushy works responsibly with artisans and makers ensuring that all of their products are fair trade. They do this by partnering directly with the makers and being involved in the production process, to ensure that they are compensated fairly, as well as providing customers with the highest quality products. Here are our three favourite decor items that will warm up your home this all. Rug Add a bit of plush texture to…

5 Travel Tips to Improve Your Holiday

No matter where you choose to take your holiday or how frequently you travel, the last thing you want is for unexpected issues to arise or even problems caused by a lack of planning. Holidays are fun, joyous occasions and as such, you want to get the most out of your holiday. Enjoying a carefree break away from the routine of your day to day life is like a breath of fresh air—food for the mind, body and soul. Some people can see booking a holiday somewhere you have never been before as a bit of a risk but as explained by CasinoMarket.com sometimes things in life are worth the roll of a dice or a spin of a slot, especially if it improves the experience you have. To get the best out of your holiday and to travel problem-free, you need to know how to make sure things run…

RV Financing: How to Get the Best Deal for an RV

Everybody wants an ideal agreement, particularly when making a costly purchase like a vehicle or home. An RV can possibly cost you countless dollars before you even leave all necessary signatures. To find the most excellent RV prices available, you need the best buying and negotiating strategies to acquire the ideal RV purchase terms for your budget. If you’re prepared to jump into the RV life, ​your budget will have an enormous influence on your entry-level RV. Check out these seven tips to get the best RV deal, whether you’re hoping to purchase a secondhand or new vehicle for your travels. Be Patient In any event, having excellent negotiation skills doesn’t ensure that you will get the best RV deal. The dealer just may disagree with your preferred price. You must be patient and sit tight for the right time. Always be prepared to leave if the salesperson doesn’t agree…

Travel News: Intrepid Pivots to Launch New Family Retreats

TORONTO, Ont. – September 16, 2020 – Despite uncertainty in travel due to COVID-19 border closures and regulations, global tour operator Intrepid Travel has seen unprecedented demand for its family tours over the last several months, prompting the company to create new retreat-style tours geared towards the demographic, with safety and quality as top priorities.  Intrepid has found that a quarter of the top 25 itineraries booked by its customers globally over the past three months have been family-themed tours, compared to just 12% during the same period last year, indicating a desire for families to go abroad in 2021 after months spent distancing. Currently, the top family trips booked globally are all based in Africa and Asia, including the South Africa Family Safari with Teenagers and a family tour of Vietnam, while North American families are also interested in adventures in the Middle East, particularly Jordan and Egypt. “After months spent indoors away from friends and…

The Best Cities in the World for Football Fans to Visit

For many people around the world, football is more than just a sport – it is a grand and enduring passion. Showcasing the very best of skill and sportsmanship, it can also breed a healthy love of one’s home place, as well as an interest in other countries and cultures across the globe. Helping to open our eyes to the beauty of difference and diversity, football teaches us that variety really is the spice of life, and there are many fans who would love to see how it is embraced and enjoyed in other cultures. Here are three of the best places for ardent football aficionados to do that. Milan For followers of top-tier football, Milan is a city whose name should be familiar. Home to two of the best and most famous clubs in the world today, it’s a true mecca for sporting enthusiasts and boasts a series of…

16 Haunted Places to Celebrate Halloween in Canada and USA

Getting into the holiday spirit doesn’t always mean getting into costume and going trick or treating. This October, embrace the spooky side to some of your favourite places to travel and learn about a ghost story or two. Plan your next vacation about these haunted hotels to celebrate Halloween. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Banff, Alberta) Don’t fact check this but we’re pretty sure there are a few Fairmont properties in Canada are haunted. A number of them were old railway hotel properties that are over 100 years old. From the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City to the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, BC, they all have their own haunted history. But, arguably, the MOST haunted of them all is the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, with tales of a murder in a room that no longer is open to the public, as well as a ghost bride, to name a…