12 Puzzles That Will Make You Want to Drop Everything and Travel

Summer is over and fall is here, the time when we start curling up with books or hobbies and be homebodies. But if you have a look at this beautiful collection of travel puzzles that we have, featuring photographs of gorgeous places and landmarks all over the world, you’ll be rid of the homebody bug. You’ll be packing your bags, reading our travel tips and guidelines, and on a plane by tomorrow because all of these puzzles wonderfully capture some of the most popular travel destinations in the world! And of course, if you can’t afford that special trip right now – just enjoy putting together an exciting travel jigsaw puzzle from our huge collections.

AMSTERDAM – 1000 pieces. Finished size: 68 x 48 cm. $19.99

BEACON HILL, BOSTON. 300 pieces. Finished size: 27” x 20”. $14.99

BRUGES, BELGIUM – 1500 pieces. Finished size: 85 x 60 cm. $24.99

HARBOR IN PORTOFINO, ITALY – 1000 pieces. Finished size: 27” x 20”. $16.99

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Puzzles for Virgos

It’s my birthday today and I thought, how can I incorporate puzzles with my birthday? Well, it became pretty easy once I found this giant puzzle:

9000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle! This giant puzzle measures 54″ x 76″ when put together.

I decided to do a new blog post each month highlighting puzzles that fit with the key attributes of each zodiac sign, starting with my favorite—and my own—sun sign, Virgo.

VIRGO DESCRIPTION

You Virgos are the most unusual people of the zodiac and the expression ‘never judge a book by its cover’ certainly sums up your sign. Attempting to describe you, Virgo, is like throwing all the jumbled pieces of a jigsaw puzzle on a table and then trying to describe what picture these pieces make once they are put together, before you have seen the completed picture of the puzzle on the box. Like the jigsaw, you are a person of many parts, complex thoughts, and intermingling structures. Not many can truly figure you out because you live so much through your inner, private being.”
—Athena Starwoman, Zodiac: Athena’s Sunsigns

VIRGO: AUGUST 24 – SEPTEMBER 23

Element: Earth
Planetary ruler: Mercury
Symbol: The Virgin
Quality: Mutable (flexibility)
Colors: Earth colors, ochre, orange, yellow
Gem: Agate, hyacinth
Strongest virtues: Creativity, tolerance, determination
Characteristics: analytical, detail-oriented, disciplined, exact, industrious, intelligent, logical, modest, perfectionist, practical, quiet

Plenty of Pasta by Ravensburger. 500 pieces. Finished size: 19.25″ x 14.25″. $12.99

The earthy tones and practicality of the precise organizational system matches Virgo’s personality perfectly.

Cups and Saucers by Cobble Hill. 275 large size pieces. Finished size: 24” x 18”. $14.99

Analytical minds will love to tackle this one. Each cup has its own distinct design for the detail-oriented Virgo mind to process and organize as (s)he builds this puzzle.

Field Days by Sunsout. 500 pieces. Finished size: 15” x 24”. $10.99

This flower garden is colorful but still darker in tone, matching Virgo’s attraction to ochre, orange, and yellow.

Peacock Garden by New York Puzzle Co., 100o pieces. $16.99

House Beautiful is an interior decorating magazine which focuses on decorating and domestic arts: Virgo’s fortes. This intricate cover features a peacock— while usually a symbol of ostentatiousness—here it is painted in Virgo’s colors, making it appear modest.

Time Pieces by Platnik. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.5” x 17.4”. $16.99

Virgos are punctual and timely–probably stemming from their being perfectionists. This puzzle can showcase their obsession with time.

For even more zodiac-related puzzles, check out these creative miniature puzzles made by Pintoo, made for each sign of zodiac.

Puzzle Warehouse sponsors Memorial Golf Classic in Honor of Katee Hessler

Puzzle Warehouse sponsored a hole at the 2012 Katee Hessler Memorial Golf Classic. The event was put on by a memorial foundation inspired after 18-year-old Katee was senselessly murdered in an attempted robbery in North St. Louis County onAugust 30, 2001.

Katee grew up in St. Charles and ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. She became a victim of violence and greed. Katee’s death deeply affected everyone who knew her. Take a look at all of the photos from the event over at the Katee Hessler Foundation’s Facebook page.

World Alzheimer’s Month – Spread Awareness with Puzzles

Check out the Alzheimer’s Association’s Facebook page to learn more about how to support the global fight to find a cure.

The theme for the first World’s Alzheimer’s Awareness month is Dementia: Living Together. The goal? To reduce the stigma associated with dementia and form a community that is more friendly to those living with the disease. There are lots of things you can do to help raise awareness and help the cause to end Alzheimer’s.

1. Alzheimer’s Action Day is Sept. 21. Take a picture of yourself wearing purple and post in on Facebook and Twitter. Go Purple to spread the word! Tag #ENDALZ

2. Learn how to overcome the stigmas. Teach others. 35 million people and their families are affected by dementia.

3. Start Talking. Do you know someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia? Have you ever had a heart to heart with a memory caregiver? How do you think you would be treated if you had memory problems? Find more great questions to get you started at Alzheimer’s Speaks Blog.

4. Spend time with family members and friends affected by dementia.

Having a conversation with someone living with Alzheimer’s or dementia isn’t always easy – especially if you  were close before and the relationship has changed as memories are affected. Believe it or not, jigsaw puzzles are a great way to start the conversation. Puzzles for Alzheimer’s are made specifically for people with dementia and their loved ones. They come with only a few pieces – usually 6 or 12, and feature hand-picked images that are meant to strike up a conversation or bring back a memory.

Airport Travel Tips + Cool Plane Puzzles

‘Airplane Innovation’ reproduced from the cover of Popular Mechanics magazine. Mar. 1931 issue. 300pc Large Piece Puzzle from New York Puzzle Co.

109 years ago, the first airplane, invented by the Wright brothers, rose into the air and landed safely. Just eleven years later, the first airliner—or passenger airplane—took flight, changing the world in significant ways. The airplane and airport have featured prominently in many of our lives, and its status and operations have changed significantly. Airplanes used to be the height of luxury; people would don their Sunday best and look forward to flying. In fact, airplanes were so popular for a while that in 1948 Edward Brown, Jr. invented a fly-in theater, where those who owned small planes could travel to Asbury Park, New Jersey, taxi up their airplane, and watch a movie.

Nowadays this is not the case. The airport is a hectic place; trips are stressful. You always seem to get a crying baby on your flight, they change your gate four times, and the food is overpriced. So you need to be prepared, because when you are prepared, flying can be a nice experience again. Here are some tips to make that happen.

  1. Choosing your flight: Choosing your flight will all depends on your own preferences and needs as a traveler. Red-eyes are good for sleeping. Having layovers is cheaper but space your layovers well. Don’t leave less than an hour between a landing time and a new departure time and try to stay on the same airline. If you miss a flight because your first flight has arrived late, you may be shuffled between airlines as they try to get you to your final destination.
  2. Choosing your seat:  If you are lucky enough to choose an airline which lets you choose your seat prior to your trip, plan accordingly. Seats at the front have you boarding last but exiting the plane first. Aisle seats have the disadvantage of knocked elbows and people climbing over you to use the restroom, but they have a bit more room. Avoid middle seats. Window seats are coveted for the view, but they’re also great if you want to rest your head against the wall, but you do have to climb over people to get to the restroom.

    Fun kids puzzle in a frame – 41 pieces by Ravensburger.

  3. Dress comfortably and prepared: There is nothing more irritating than the person in front of you at the security gate who wore a belt and a watch, shoes that need untying, a jacket that needs taking off, and pants with pockets filled with loose change, cell phones, and other odds and ends. Instead, you want speed and efficiency. Bring a light jacket for the plane but keep it in your carry-on until you pass through the gates, or tie it around your waist. Slip off shoes are recommended. Typically I wear something light but that fully covers my arms and legs: well-fitting jeans and a comfy t-shirt.
  4. Suitcases with wheels over duffle bags: If you not checking luggage, this is a must. If you are checking luggage, I’d still recommend the wheels. Wheels are just plain convenient.

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