Wanderlust, but Make it Puzzles
I gotta say, staying at home for over 2 years has given me a serious case of WANDERLUST! And while we may not be back to ‘life as normal’ just yet, many of us are venturing out a bit, and a lot of us are downright longing for Exotic Travels. Of course our ability to think of places to GO, DO, and SEE often outpaces our ability to actually go, do, and see them. Fortunately, puzzles can fill in the gap.
Travel puzzles can take us places that we want to go. When we complete a puzzle, we are interacting with the image at a very intricate level. Puzzlers see and experience every detail of an image... the sparkles in the waves, the texture of the courtyard tiles, the reflection in a city window. This deep interaction with the puzzle image means that puzzles can become our literal magic carpet and take us anywhere in the world! Where we choose to travel is up to us and the size of our puzzle table!
When I think of travel, I usually think about the beach. Visiting a beach that’s on a puzzle means that you can enjoy the water without the crowds, sand, or sunburn.
With a puzzle, you can travel to entire continents with no jet lag!
Maybe you’d like to visit a few different countries by puzzle this year.
Or maybe you’d like to visit some U.S. states, and save gas by traveling through a puzzle.
Or maybe your Wanderlust is pulling you to cities that are on your bucket list.
Sometimes our Wanderlust doesn’t have a specific destination in mind, it just whispers in our ear to get on the road, or lace up our hiking boots, or load up the bikes. Once again, puzzles are ready to support our desires.
One of the best parts about traveling is seeing the different ways that people experience the world.
And let’s face it. Some of us only travel for the new food and drinks.
I was shocked to discover that puzzles can even help you prepare for a trip! Let’s say you’re planning a trip and you’re worried about finding your way around town. Or navigating the subway system. Or following a major hiking trail. Can puzzles help with all that? Yes they can!
Perhaps the greatest travel secret of all is Kodak’s World’s Largest Puzzle, 27 Wonders from Around the World. It has 51,300 pieces and is a little spendy, but stay with me here. This is the absolute cheapest vacation you can imagine! A 1,000 piece puzzle takes roughly 10 hours to complete. Working 10 hours a day, this puzzle would take 51 days to complete. This brainy puzzle math boils down to the fact that the least expensive 2 month trip around the world can be found at Puzzle Warehouse!!
If you don’t have that much time or space, there’s a puzzle vacation that would ‘only’ take 6 weeks.
And even a ‘weekend get-away’ version.
The next time you’re suffering from a bad case of Wanderlust, toss an umbrella in your drink, slide a fan in front of your space heater to create some tropical trade winds, and Go, Do, and See with a puzzle.