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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:
Travel news you can use
- In 2015, the TSA made over $765,000 in tips thanks to passengers leaving behind cash money in screening areas. I guess that extra bank was motivational because last week they intercepted a record-setting number of handguns in carry-on bags. Hooray?
- It’s all about millennials this week (we’ll get back to this):
- Are The Youths trying to convince you to use the Snapchats? So far, I only use it to send dumb pictures among a group of my pals, so I these these tips for The Olds describing Snapchat uses for travelers pretty handy.
- If you’ve mastered the Snapchats, Iceland’s WOW Airlines may send you around the world for free to share your adventures on Snapchat. I’m gonna go ahead and assume this is for The Youths, too, and not for me with my 5 friends on Snapchat.
- The Youths are ruining travel with their Snapchats and Social Medias, according to some guy yelling at them to get off his lawn.
- The Canadian government has launched a marketing program to get The Youths to visit.
- Even Zac Efron is getting in on this. Dude, put a shirt on if you’re going to talk about food.
- And finally: No one wants my crummy, stupid Generation X money! This is irrationally infuriating!
- After the Jazz Festival, New Orleans has HAD IT with (local complaints about) AirBNB rentals and is continuing to explore how to tighten up, crack down, and mess up my future travel plans for NOLA.
- A well-circulated cruise ship horror story about parents being left behind as the ship sailed away with their children onboard isn’t exactly as it appears.
- Kuwait is moving ahead with plans to require all citizens, residents, and travelers to submit DNA on arrival. Wait, what?
- Delta Airlines is introducing new RFID baggage tags to reduce lost and mis-routed luggage through better tracking. Anything that reduces the need to interact with them sounds great to me.
- Hawaii’s Tourism Authority has launched a video campaign to gently/publicly “remind” its residents they they support tourism unreservedly. Or else!
- Has the smartphone killed the tourist office? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- At any rate, Google Trips is coming for your life.
- A plane approaching London’s Heathrow Airport was struck by lightning this week. You shouldn’t worry, however, because I’m flying into Gatwick.
- 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!)
- When arriving in a new city, it is critically important (to me and other coffee fiends) to find a great coffee immediately. These tips will help you get your coffee game sorted.
- In Italy, follow these 10 commandments to charm your hosts and get your coffee pronto.
- If you do want to go somewhere touristy, check out these tips to make the most of it. I go to plenty of touristy places, and always manage to find terrific, non-touristy things to see, do, eat, drink, you get the idea.
- The only thing I know about the United Kingdom’s southerly Isles of Scilly is that their police Facebook account is one of the greatest things on the internet. Now I’m intrigued by its non-criminal elements, including palm trees. In the UK!
- What is there to see in Spain after Barcelona? Oh, friend, so very much. I provide a 100% guarantee you will be blown away by how much there is to see, do, and eat there, and how different it is from region to region.
- Related: how to order a beer in Spain.
- It was Shakespeare’s birthday this week (maybe!), why not try out aholiday inspired by one of the Bard’s works?
- Did the recent royal visit to Bhutan inspire you to visit the mysterious kingdom? Be like Kate and go trekking.
- Jane’s Walk Weekend is next weekend and it’s a great way for locals (and visitors) to explore on foot and see their cities in a new way. Find a walk wherever you’re going be from May 6-8.
- I keep saying I’m going travel “no baggage style” one of these days, butthese folks actually did it.
- Women! Not sure where how to begin assembling a classic travel wardrobe that’s more than stretchy pants and sandals? Start here.
- You’re going on safari, what do you take? Here are some great suggestions.
- Continuing this week’s theme of bad travel data… A survey of dubious quality – probably bad survey design – has identified the must-pack item for travelers from 30 different countries. Canadians can’t go anywhere without clamato juice. That’s why our flag is mostly red!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about where I travel right here on http://bitesizedtravel.ca. You can also get caught up on back issues in the archive. Have a great day, and I’ll see you next week!