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Hello! Spring, spring, what a thing! If it would just arrive already so I could pack away my winter coat. Over on Bite-sized Travel, I had a busy week. First, I wrote about touring Port-au-Prince to see some of the remaining earthquake damage – five years later – as well as the rebuilt central market, a bright and hopeful example of progress in Haiti. Then, I wrote a lengthy product review of a travel sweatshirt I ordered through a Kickstarter … with mixed results. Thanks for reading The Packing List!
Travel news you can use
- No compromise has been reached in the visa dispute between the European Union and Canada and the United States. Unfortunately for travelers, a meeting in July could mean future trips to countries in the European Union will require a visa. Stay tuned, because I’m spoiling for a fight and I will mess up these clowns.
- An heroic hotel in New Zealand has banned Lycra cycling shorts at breakfast because no one wants to see that business at breakfast.
- Australia issued a travel warning about Ireland as the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising approaches. This seems excessive, especially considering everything in Australia is trying to kill you at all times.
- The sniffer dogs at Manchester Airport are good at finding sausages, but not much heroin. Good boy! Sort of!
- Add American Airlines to the list of people totally over long waits for TSA screening at American airports.
- Camping with Cats is the Instagram feed your life has been waiting for.
- Older, but important, news: Cuba is running low on beer as tourism skyrockets. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Or, like, you can have rum. Cuban rum is terrific.
- How to travel in uncertain times. It’s gonna be okay.
- This Virgin America gate agent is crushing it with his gate info board messages.
- A plane-spotting tourist in St. Barth’s had a ridiculous near-collision with a plane coming in for landing. But at least he got a super-cool picture. Ugh.
- How do travel blogs make money? This is a great explanation by a couple of travel bloggers who have it all figured out. My travel blog doesn’t make any money, so listen to them, not me.
- Expedia UK has put together this nifty feature about London that places historic photos into modern streetscapes (not unlike the one about Paris I featured recently).
- Meet the man with the largest US passport – 1,400 pages.
- It’s not too early to think about Mother’s Day, here’s 21 travel-themed gift ideas.
- Following a rotten streak of bad luck, one woman set out to see all 7 wonders of the world. In 13 days.
- 17 of the world’s best cities for craft beer. GET. ON. IT.
- The top 10 easiest countries to get into. Not the usual suspects, but some really interesting ideas for stretching your traveling legs.
- Be aware of your flight cancellation rights if you’re flying to, through, or out of the United States.
- National Geographic Travel has some ideas for offbeat adventures, including one that I’ve actual done: tidal bore rafting. You usually get to go mudsliding, which is like getting a spa treatment and a fun rafting adventure.
- Pack your own Travel SOS kit to get through your time in-transit, and in case any delays or lost luggage pop up along the way.
- 21 carry-on travelers share their packing mistakes.
- Packing tips which also include loading up your suitcase with garbage bags so your stuff slides around and doesn’t wrinkle. You do you.
- PSA: taking a grenade-shaped marijuana grinder in your carry-on luggageis profoundly stupid.
- So is trying to conceal a knife in the handle of a hairbrush.
Zipping the suitcase
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