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Hello! I made it back successfully from my week away, and managed to sleep in (according to London time), so I got to do a quick review of this week’s travel news at 5am local time. I’ll have more in the next couple of weeks about what I saw and did in London, including living a gin palace, running into the Duke of York at a tourist attraction, and a DIY craft beer tour. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- In what I’m calling the travel version of the Hunger Games, you will be able to bid against fellow travelers for upgrades on flights.
- The number of visitors at New York’s newest observation deck, the One World Observatory at the new 1 World Trade Center are well below anticipated projections, by a million paying visitors. For what it’s worth, it’s $32 – American dollars – so that’s a big NOPE from me.
- Official reports of a “near-normal” 2016 Atlantic hurricane season got turned into something more dire by some of the less-thorough media. I don’t want to jinx things, but I do hope we get a Hurricane Earl, so I can play the Dixie Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl” on repeat.
- Air Canada’s CEO boo-hooed about difficult it is for his airline to compete. If you want to decide how much you care about this, he made almost $8 million last year, including a healthy pension and stocks, then remember what it was like to deal with AC that one time they made your life miserable (or pretty much every time I fly with them).
- Quebec is getting closer to regulating AirBNB, which sounds okay and I predict will be loads of fun for travelers.
- Several UN agencies collaborated on a harrowing report detailing global heritage sites and tourism destinations under threat from climate change including the Galapagos Islands and Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (only an hour from where I live). Australia is mysteriously absent from the report, for reasons I won’t say ARE shady, but LOOK shady.
- Ongoing coverage of TSA’s annus horribilis:
- One of the top TSA officials fell on his sword at the beginning of the week. He received $90,000 in bonuses for all of his great work. The beatings will continue until morale improves!
- Delta Airlines built “innovation lanes” at the Atlanta airport to deal with the security screening the TSA can’t manage.
- They appear to be throwing everything at the wall in Atlanta. The screening experiment there resembles what I saw at Gatwick and only took, like, five minutes.
- TSA Pre-check was supposed to make all of this better, so why hasn’t it?
- The TSA is sending their poor media people to the frontlines to document their “great” waits for screening. I’m sure this is 100% voluntary.
- Oh good, Canadians are weighing in on their inconvenience.
- I had originally used this image as a placeholder, assuming I’d have no time to add this week’s travel news. I really like it, so the cat stays:
- A frequent business traveler makes ridiculous requests of his hotels, hilarity ensues.
- These photos from the “golden age” of flying will make you want to elbow the person next to you who’s hogging the arm rest.
- I’m sharing this completely out of self-interest, but it’s an interesting take on the challenges in Haiti in developing tourism. I have nothing but good things to say about my experience, but I didn’t go for the resorts and “traditional” idea of Caribbean tourism.
- Use these potato chips of the world to plan your next holiday.
- Or follow this man’s lead and seek out every McDonald’s everywhere.
- The real-life horror of flying Air Koryo, North Korea’s one-star airline. Somewhere in a Toronto-area boardroom, an Air Canada executive is summoning the interns for an “inspiration meeting.”
- I heartily endorse this itinerary for a six-hour layover in New York because it features my favourite pizza place in Brooklyn, Juliana’s.
- If you want to do more things in New York that I love, try out some of these bacon, egg & cheese sandwiches.
- If you’re heading to Cape Town, you can drive the Cape Peninsula in a day and follow this itinerary for must-see stops. Don’t miss the Cape of Good Hope or the penguins of Boulders Beach. I took the train from Cape Town down to Simons Town as part of this journey and it was amazing.
- Remember Prince with stops on this Prince-themed tour of Minneapolis.
- If you are going to Paris, do not support profiteering vandalism tours that charge tourists up to €170 to put a lock on a piece of Paris infrastructure. These locks are seriously damaging bridges, statues, and railings and are not based on any real tradition. Check out No Love Locks and please think first when you are a guest in someone else’s country.
- How technology is tackling lost luggage: RFID tags and suitcases that cost more than your rent.
- Timely! Don’t forget to pack these six essentials when visiting London.
- On the same blog, one woman’s story of going from overpacker to minimalist.
- Secrets of a professional baggage handler. Short version: you take too much stuff.
- A new robot suitcase follows you like a dog. Is that something you want?
Zipping the suitcase
Once I’m over my jetlag, I’ll tell you all about the fun I had in London, I promise! Tell me what you think about the newsletter by sending a message directly to email@example.com. Find out more about where I travel on http://bitesizedtravel.ca. See you next week!