The Packing List #8 – May 1, 2016 – The Youths With Their Snapchats

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Hello! It’s been a great week with few shenanigans to report. Maybe next week should have more shenanigans? Please advise. Over on Bite-sized Travel, I wrote about my last day in Port-au-Prince, which was spent exploring contemporary Haitian art and learning about vodou. Thank you so much for reading The Packing List – let’s do this:

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Nifty finds

  • A Canadian photographer took an epic roadtrip along the longest undefended border in the world – the one between Canada and the United States.
  • As I learned in Haiti, vodou is wildly misunderstood, but it’s a vital, almost-universal spiritual practice in Haiti. Meet a vodou priestess, a mambo, and go inside a 360-degree immersive experience toward healing for one community still deeply affected by the 2010 earthquake.
  • You’ve seen plenty of pictures of New York City from the street, but check out these amazing pictures from the air. You’ll want to reach out and touch some skyscapers.
  • Here’s some math that produces shady ratios that don’t tell you anything about which countries are the most and least “touristy.” Did you know, by this measure, Andorra is the most touristy country on Earth while France and Italy don’t crack the top 25? And that India is the 4th least-touristy country on Earth? Come on, nerds.
  • Would you look at this glorious smorgasbord served on an SAS flight in the 1960s, courtesy of @HistoryInPics? (H/t to the friend who sent it to me!)



Zipping the suitcase

So, gang, how am I going to travel without stuff? I think I have to do it now. Tell me what you think about this week’s newsletter or any other travel-related topic by sending a message directly to Find out more about where I travel right here on You can also get caught up on back issues in the archive. Have a great day, and I’ll see you next week!

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