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Hello! It’s cold! It’s warm! It’s cold again! But it’s sunny? Keep being weird, weather in Eastern Canada. This week on bitesizedtravel.ca, I updated my list of 10 travel essentials and planned for sunny days ahead with a glorious rum punch from Hotel Oloffson in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- In news that is personally infuriating, Canadian (and American) citizens may soon require tourist visas for 26 European countries because all of these children apparently need me to come upstairs and distribute a little law and order.
- A Freedom of Information request revealed the TSA paid IBM $336,413 American dollars to develop a randomization app that points air travelers toward the line on the right or the one on the left. I will personally provide that service for $10.
- KLM is starting to offer boarding passes over Facebook Messenger. If Facebook offered KLM’s bottomless in-flight adult beverages, it might convince me to download that battery-draining monster of an app.
- A French tourist was arrested in Rome and faces fines of more than €100,000 for flying a drone over the Colosseum. Enough with the drones and keep them far, far away from me.
- How long can hotel guests go without wifi? 7 minutes. A recent British survey discovered wifi is pretty important to travelers. Hotels that charge for wifi are shady. Pure shady.
- Ibiza tourism officials have invited the singer of “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” to visit the Spanish party island for reasons other than taking drugs and dancing to terrifying electronic dance music. Somewhat ironically I suppose, Ibiza needs to take a chill pill and Google itself.
- I just saw this January report after the TSA tweeted it mid-week: the TSA intercepted a record number of firearms in carry-on in 2015, despite the entire flying world knowing you can’t even take a stupid bottle of water past security.
- A German woman finally received €600 in compensation for a 22-hour flight delay after the judge threatened to impound the airline’s plane for non-payment, four years after the delayed flight. Baller AF. If you’re going to be inconvenienced while traveling, make sure it’s in the European Union.
- The UK’s “largest dating site for married people,” is going to purchase a private island off the coast of England, build a resort for members, and helicopter in guests. Prediction: this is going to be a spectacular mess.
- Mississippi is facing a tourism backlash after the governor signed a “religious freedom” bill into law this week. GOOD. Funny or Die helped the state with a new tourism promotion video: “an oppressive law to match our oppressive heat.”
- France’s Musée de l’Armée at Les Invalides in Paris is recreating Napoleon’s last home in exile on St. Helena with his furniture and belongings from that time. (until July 24, 2016). Full details en français
- The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has posted behind-the-scenes photos of its immense, almost unfathomable archives. Butterflies! Birds! If you want to avoid a lifetime of nightmares, stay out of the rat drawer.
- This isn’t so much of a new nifty find as much as a recurring nifty find. Want to go somewhere? Not sure where to begin with planes, trains, and other modes of travel? Rome2Rio is my favourite site for figuring out the easiest, straightest, or unlikeliest way to get from Point A to Point B. It’s particularly good for questions like, “How can I visit these 5 cities in Europe by train?”
- Over the years, lots of people have told me they dream of being a travel writer. Here are some travel narrative writing tips to get you started.
- The Afar Magazine ultimate guide to solo travel is full of advice for travelers of all ages, styles, interests and intentions. If you aren’t sure solo travel is for you, start small with these tips.
- Around the world on budget airlines and low-cost carriers. Your knees may never recover. Read the fine print. Pack nothing!
- The three common mistakes every traveler makes. Yup. Overplanning can be exhausting, but underplanning can have even more dire consequences. To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld: make sure you know the known-knowns and the unknown-knowns. Also, don’t let Donald Rumsfeld inspire you beyond that.
- Learn these 10 weird laws of London before your next trip. No one wants to be the Canadian thrown in the Clink for touching a pelican.
- Seeking out a neat hike? How about Hearst Castle? Yes, that Hearst.
- 19 things to know before you go to Vancouver. #20: You’ll love it.
- Has the low loonie got you down? Intrepid Travel has some destination ideas for Canadians that will help your toonies go further. [Apologies to readers outside of Canada for these very Canadians references]
- Top 10 things to do in Reykjavik after dark. *Completely* unrelated to my interest in going back this summer. Even though it doesn’t get very dark there during the summer.
- Raden, a new line of “smart luggage,” will (allegedly) ease your travel anxiety by telling you how to get to the airport, charge your phone, and keep track of your bag’s location. Last on the list of features, carrying things from place to place for you. Price? $300-500 per piece, unless they want to send me one, then I will say it’s *INCREDIBLE* value for dollar.
- Does laundry panic keep you from packing lighter? Try out World of Wanderlust’s easy sink laundry method the next time you’re on the move.
- If your round-the-world trip is on budget airlines, you’re going to need these 17+ tips for traveling with hand luggage only. I live by most of these and happily endorse, especially staying in a place with laundry – for you group travelers out there!
- PSA: empty the gas from your chainsaw before packing it in your checked luggage.
Zipping the suitcase
I hope you’re having a lovely spring so far (or wonderful fall if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere). Go see some cherry blossoms if you’re in the right place at the right time! Tell me what you think about this week’s newsletter by sending a message directly to email@example.com. Find out more about where I travel right here on http://bitesizedtravel.ca. See you next week!