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Hello! This week, March was sent packing and I started thinking about cooking meat over fire outdoors with equal enthusiasm. Over on Bite-sized Travel, I reminisced about some terrific road trip stops in Haiti, including Haitian fudge, grilled meat, and the ruins of a fortress hiding in plain sight. That’s a lot of meat references for one paragraph, non-forced apologies to the vegetarians out there. Thanks for reading The Packing List!
Travel news you can use
- Airbus showed off a new cabin design, one based on social media input. I suggest sections of the cabin organized by interest: 1D truthers, all other conspiracy theorists, Twitter eggs, Vine stars, internet famous animals.
- A new Rhode Island tourism video includes a Reykjavik landmark. I’ve been to both of those places and I feel bad for Iceland. No wait, I feel worse for Rhode Island because the couldn’t find any cool kids. Good grief, stop talking Rhode Island.
- Natural disasters are worse for tourism than terrorism. I’ve been to New York and Haiti in the last six months and reluctantly agree with that conclusion.
- The New York Times offers travel safety tips for people concerned about traveling to Europe. These tips apply regardless of destination, and apply double to people who go on the news and complain about a travel issue covered by the travel insurance they did not buy.
- The tepid response to the TSA’s Pre-check program (plus staff cuts!) means air travel in the United States could get messy as summer travel picks up and screening lines get longer than runways. FYI: the longest runway in the US is 16,000 ft, so, good luck with that.
- Some flights were disrupted in Alaska following an eruption of the Pavlof Volcano. Unrelated: when I was in Iceland, I went to a one-man show where we learned to pronounce Eyjafjallajökull, the Icelandic volcano that went HAM on European and transatlantic flights in 2010. Maybe next time, Alaska! Watch this video to learn how to pronounce Eyjafjallajökull and blow everyone’s minds.
- Royal Caribbean is cancelling plans to provide free internet on its Majesty of the Seas short-haul cruise ship. I open the floor to your arguments: why would anyone pay cash money to go a floating norovirus incubator and not, at the very least, get free wifi?
- Air Canada is offering free Toronto stopovers, flat-out stealing a 30-year old idea from Icelandair. Toronto is a fine city and all, but you’d have to pay me cash outright to stay there longer than I have to.
- A first-time flyer in China was looking for the washroom on her plane, but opened the emergency exit and deployed the evacuation slide instead. Whoopsidoodle!
- Pour one out for the US State Department Consular Affairs Twitter handlers. Bless their mess. Now deleted, they are sorry you were offended by their Spring Break tips for uggos.
- A full-scale African safari experience in three minutes. This short video is full of amazing safari highlights, without the long hours spent waiting for a giraffe or elephant to wander by.
- Want to know if your upcoming destination has any UNESCO World Heritage Sites? All of them are mapped here for your convenience.
- This longer read about meeting the right person in the right place at the right time is almost unbelieveable, but it reaches the right conclusion about humanity.
- Don’t miss these highlights from photographer Julien Knez’s forthcoming book about Paris. It places historical pictures into the city’s modern streetscapes. Beautiful.
- Now that countries are starting to make nice in the global political world, Iran is opening up to Western tourists. Travelers thinking about exploring Iran before mass tourism – which is a long, long way off, it’s not Cuba –may be interested in these must-see sights.
- Summer in Italy? YES. If you’re planning to visit Venice, notoriously expensive and jammed with cruise daytrippers, these tips may save you few euros. Get out of the tourist-packed San Marco area and visit Cannaregio or Dorsoduro. You may encounter actual Venetians (a rarity these days) and will find lots of quiet streets and great food and drink options.
- If your Italian travel plans include hiking among the villages of the Cinque Terre, all of the routes have been re-numbered (since I was there).
- An EasyJet passenger recently wore all of his clothes to avoid a £45 baggage fee. Easier: read your carrier rules. The less you paid for your ticket, the more the airline is going to try and get money out of you elsewhere.
- Travel essentials that are relatively small, light, and all kinds of useful. Except rope. Rope makes me think of a successful Clue murder: “Miss Scarlet, on the airplane, with the rope.”
Zipping the suitcase
Spring! Wee! Spring fever and trip planning has taken over my life, how about you? Tell me what you think about this week’s newsletter by sending a message directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about where I travel right here on http://bitesizedtravel.ca. See you next week!