Launched Today: REI Co-op + West Elm Collection of Summer Outdoor Gear and Furnishings

Jessica Wong

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When it comes to the production of tents, camping chairs, travel coolers, and outdoor textiles in general, it’s rightfully a function-first process, but often at the expense of design and aesthetics. For those looking to integrate into nature with products and gear that are as inspiring as the landscape around you, or even just bring a bit of the familiar coziness that West Elm provides with their home decor, West

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How to combat the urge to overspend on summer travel

Jessica Wong

Prices are surging for travel this summer. So is the urge to overspend.

Rental car prices have increased up to 300% in popular domestic destinations, according to AutoSlash, a rental car deals finder. The cost of accommodations is up as well. Vacation rental website HomeToGo has seen a 70% increase in the average price for rental homes being booked between now and September compared with last year.

It’s no surprise people want to get out, but the combination of a year stuck at home with an

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Anger on the streets of Porto as Britain shuts down free flow of travel | Portugal

Jessica Wong

Britain’s decision to relegate Portugal to the amber travel list left Francina Pinheiro totally exasperated. “We’ve done everything by the book here,” said Pinheiro, the owner of a cafe beside Torre dos Clérigos, one of Porto’s landmark sights, as customers arrived for lunch on Friday.

“We sanitise everything, we’ve reduced our table numbers. All so we can welcome our friends from overseas.

“And, pah, now they shut the door on us!”

The usually perky Pinheiro was still shaking her head over the decision. After months in the doldrums, the sight of tourists recently returning to her pavement tables and sipping

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When will Canadian border open? Airlines urge Trudeau to get a move on

Jessica Wong

Airline trade groups are pushing the Canadian government to open their air border to more U.S. travelers. 

The National Airlines Council of Canada and Airlines for America, trade associations representing airlines in Canada and the U.S., sent a letter Friday urging Justin Trudeau’s administration to “swiftly” lay out a clear roadmap for a safe re-opening of air travel between the neighboring countries. 

“Safely reopening transborder air travel between Canada and the U.S. is essential for both nation’s economic recovery from the pandemic,” the letter reads, adding that air travel enabled $718 billion worth of trade between the countries in 2019. 

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Want free accommodations when traveling? Try housesitting

Jessica Wong

If you yearn to travel but don’t have much of a budget for it, you may want to consider housesitting.

Housesitting is generally unpaid work. You and the homeowner essentially barter what you have for what you want. And when housesitting in another country, because no money changes hands, you avoid having to secure government permission to have a paying job.

But both sides get a substantial benefit. The homeowner can save the cost of having a pet sitter, which typically runs $25 to $100 a night, depending on the number of animals and the city. The arrangement can also

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