The best Travelzoo deals for the second week of March 2021

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Spring is fast approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, and that means one thing: It’s time to get outside again. There’s no better way to do just that than by packing a bag and heading somewhere new, and these three deals are designed to make this easier — and way cheaper — than usual. Whether you’re a beachcomber, a foodie, or a scuba enthusiast, these exclusive Travelzoo deals won’t be available for long, so book now before they sell out.

Kagi Maldives Spa Island resort: $1,950 for five nights

Photo: Kagi Maldives/Facebook

When to travel: through October 2022
Fully refundable: yes

Who hasn’t dreamed of staying in an overwater bungalow above turquoise water? This is the best chance you’ll have all year to do so at a serious bargain. You can enjoy five nights in the luxurious Kagi Maldives Spa Island resort on the Indian Ocean between the Arabian and Laccadive Seas for just $1,950,

Top female leaders in the travel industry

Look back through the encyclopedia of travel, and you’ll see a theme reflected throughout history: reaching from the odysseys of ancient Hellenic heroes, European conquistadores, and ‘New World’ settlers to the origins of modern aircraft and package holidays.

These movements were all helmed disproportionately by men, namely white men, whose voices overwhelmingly saturate society even today — and the travel industry is just one area where this disparity comes into play. With male-oriented stories, ideas, and perspectives dominating the majority of the space as they do, it perpetuates a view of the world steeped in patriarchal bias and privilege. But more and more, this imbalance is being challenged.

Female representation across senior roles within the sector is gradually increasing. Whilst the numbers may still need much improvement, they do provide proof of a revolution unfolding, telling of incredible female changemakers switching up the narrative with inspirational initiatives focused around travel, culture, global citizenship, and community. We’re sharing just a small percentage of some of these today in honor of Women’s History Month and the work that must continue hereafter.

1. Lola Akinmade Åkerström and Sara Mansouri, co-founders of Local Purse

Photo: Local Purse

Who doesn’t enjoy perusing markets when they

The top women environmentalists in the world

That women have long been a pivotal voice in the environmental movement is well known. From Rachel Carlson — the author of Silent Spring, which explored the ugly truth about pesticides and launched the modern environmental movement — to Greta Thunberg, when it comes to today’s conscience in the fight against climate change, women have been and remain at the forefront of caring for our planet.

While activists like Thunberg are bringing needed attention to the big picture, addressing climate change is a multi-faceted effort that also involves hard work on the ground — fighting for clean water, saving species, preserving forests, and the like. In fact, tackling pollution and preserving biodiversity aren’t just ends on their own but part of the solution to a healthier, more climate-stable planet.

And everywhere you look around the world, women are doing the hard work of protecting forests, conserving wildlife, and fighting pollution. Some have been awarded for their efforts, and others have paid dearly. But each of them is an inspiration. Here are nine women environmental activists from the past and present that we admire.

1. Wangari Maathai

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No list of women environmental activists fighting for the environment

What is Japandi, hotels and Airbnbs with Japandi interiors

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The biggest design trend of 2020 was “cottagecore,” an interior aesthetic movement that was all about maximalism with a heavy use of colors, patterns (especially floral), and chunky furniture that were all reminiscent of grandma’s country house. Since we spent most of last year inside our home pondering the past and the future, it made sense for us to want our interiors to be extra comfortable, filled with nostalgic beauty, and connected to nature in a reassuring, old-fashioned way. But in 2021, we’re moving on. To leave last year far behind, we’re making a 360-degree turn from granny chic and diving head first into this year’s new design trend: Japandi.

What is Japandi?

Japandi is a portmanteau of the words “Japanese” and “Scandinavian” to describe an interior design trend that is a fusion of both regions’ classic decor features.

Japanese and Scandinavian home decors share fundamental similarities: They are both minimalist aesthetics; they favor

How to visit Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area, Minnesota

That the Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is one of the most spectacular locations in a continent filled with them is not the question. Sharing a 150-mile border with Canada in northern Minnesota, it spans more than a million acres filled with 1,100 lakes and 1,200 miles of canoe and kayak routes. Its abundant wildlife, from moose to dam-building beavers, can be seen in its pristine forests and clear lakes, which themselves teem with fish, while multiple bird species fly overhead.

So, no, the question isn’t whether to add the BWCAW to your bucket list. The question, rather, is how to tackle this immense, and immensely beautiful, place. The good news is that, despite its remote location, Boundary Waters can be enjoyed by even first-time paddlers.

What is Boundary Waters

Photo: Dan Thornberg/Shutterstock

Part of the Superior National Forest and managed by the National Forest Service, the BWCAW — or B-dub, as locals call it — area contains vast forests of pine, fir, and spruce trees, untouched by development. It’s been shaped over millennia by glaciers that have carved up its landscapes, leaving over a thousand lakes that cover one-fifth of the area.

The BWCAW has

Things to do in Sullivan County, New York

The Hamptons or the Catskills? The choice New Yorkers make between the city’s top two weekend escapes is as telling as their choice between Manhattan and Brooklyn. It’s more than a destination; it’s an identity. You’re either the Hamptons — a Long Island refuge favored by wealthy Upper East Siders — or the Catskills — an affordable swath of upstate New York colonized by artsy-fartsy Brooklynites. There is no in-between.

But in recent years, these disparate destinations started looking eerily similar. Upstate hamlets like Kerhonksen are now synonymous with million-dollar homes like East Hampton. Nearby towns along the Hudson River are now chockablock with the same Soho-style boutiques found in Sag Harbor. Counties like Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster, Greene, and Columbia even earned a new nickname — the Camptons — and a recent surge in wealthy New Yorkers snatching up local real estate ensures the inevitability of their Hamptonsification.

This reality poses a quandary for New Yorkers who once identified with the Catskills. If the uber-rich rule both vacation destinations, where does everyone else go for a long weekend outside of the city?

The answer can be found in Sullivan County, where the Catskill Mountains end and the Delaware River begins.