A good book can transport us to magical places during a time when far-flung exploration may not be possible.
Here are five ideas from the literary world that may inspire your own adventures.
1. A.A. Milne’s “Winnie-the-Pooh,” Winnipeg, Manitoba
A century ago, a Canadian soldier launched a literary legacy when he adopted a black bear cub and named it after his hometown of Winnipeg. The soldier took the cub across the pond and eventually donated it to the London Zoo, where Winnie became the inspiration for the well-loved character. Today, Winnipeg’s Pavilion Gallery Museum, the centerpiece of Assiniboine Park, houses a permanent collection of Winnie the Pooh artifacts and memorabilia, including a painting by the book’s original illustrator. For now, while the border remains closed, consider rereading the classic or go on a teddy bear hunt in your neighborhood.
2. Louisa May Alcott, Concord, Mass.
For decades, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures detailed in “Little Women.” Soon, we will once again have the option to visit the home of Louisa May Alcott, the novelist who crafted the compelling story around the relationships within her own family. In time, you can take a guided tour and get a glimpse into how the Marche family lived in the home known as Orchard House. Many of the family’s treasures remain in the well-preserved structure, including family china and photographs. You’ll find out why the Alcott clan kept daily diaries and visit Louisa’s bedroom where the shelf desk, upon
Confession time. I am a travel editor and I have NOT been overseas this summer.
This is not because I was too scared/worried about quarantine/so fed up of the will-we-won’t-we air bridge seesaw that I didn’t want to apply it to my own holiday (with respect to those to whom any of the above apply).
No, my choice to holiday in the UK was for two reasons – as a family we love Britain and holiday here frequently, Covid or no. And I was curious to see how some of our favourite hot-and-not spots, and the people in them, were coping with corona protocol.
So rather than a holiday let, our usual favourite way to do a UK week away, we set off on a round-Britain road trip, starting with the South West – the day that Devon and Cornwall reportedly hit gridlock…
After some time spent on Google Maps frantically rerouting, our first leg went without a hitch, and we even arrived at our first stopover in Bradford on Avon – which lies on the oft forgotten, slightly less manicured, just as magical fringes of the Cotswolds – in time for lunch.
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That all changed with COVID-19. There were the airport shutdowns. The shelter-in-place orders. The troubling second wave of infections and morphing rules around interstate travel. Anyone missing family has been faced with a tough choice: (a) skip seeing your parents or grandparents this year, (b) take a health risk and hop on a packed flight, or (c) pack your kids in the car for a multi-day drive. The clear choice for most families, including mine, has been that last option. But let’s not call it an easy choice. Stuffing yourself, your spouse, and multiple kids in one car for 20 hours is to risk existential questions about the purpose of even having a family. If you’re not careful, you’ll be Googling “How do I make my children wards of the state?” before you reach your parents driveway. But with a little planning, you don’t necessarily have to suffer. Here’s what I learned on our recent 40-hour, 2,494-mile round-trip drive from Santa Fe to Whitefish, Montana, to visit my mother-in-law.
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Staycations are king at the moment and the thought of jetting off on a summer holiday is something of a distant memory – but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of where we’d love to travel to next. And for some holiday inspiration, the royal family are top of our list. They know a thing or two about amazing vacation destinations, and tick off some of the dreamiest holiday spots on their annual breaks. There’s the island of Mustique, loved by Princess Margaret and the Cambridges, who took Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis last year, the action-packed Swiss Alps that are a favourite of Prince Edward and family, the sunny beaches of Corfu where Prince Charles and Camilla like to unwind or the stunning scenery of Botswana, a travel highlight for Prince Harry and Meghan, which royal-favourite holiday should you add to your travel bucket list? Take our personality quiz to find out…