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Hello! Summer travel planning is in full force because it’s a welcome distraction from what I really should be doing – packing to move house. I also spent some time this week recounting the highlights of my recent trip to London, with more to come in the following weeks. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- As of this writing, the rising waters of the Seine in Paris were starting to recede. Recent flooding in the city required the Louvre to move artwork, posed massive transportation challenges, and put normally-dry parts of the city under water.
- An earlier draft of this newsletter was called “Swimming lessons for the Venus de Milo,” which is ludicrous given the statue’s lack of arms. I feel like I should apologize anyway to those who would have been offended.
- Let me mollify your outrage with this list of French stereotypes about other nationalities.
- You never hear how people feel about Canada’s answer to the TSA, CATSA. Until now. The complaints are in and our nation is going to be torn apart by a debate over whether Laughing Cow cheese is a solid or gel.
- The Westjet flights from various cities in Canada to London don’t have free meals, but they tell you this information in advance of your flight. Since it’s Canada, this is a thing. Forget hockey, not reading emails is a Canadian tradition.
- Remember that little USA-Canada-EU visa dispute? Not much is happening publicly and the July 12 deadline for a solution is looming. Get it together, folks, I’m going to Iceland in August.
- AirBNB’s efforts to counter race bias in its hosts – and outright racism – show how difficult it is to manage the “sharing economy.” It’s based on everyone being nice, and people on the internet prove the opposite as often as they can. [Warning: the news article link has some horrible race-related language.]
- Delta is making in-flight entertainment free after July 1, so there’s that.
- Ongoing coverage of TSA’s annus horribilis:
- A very nice, polite young man is letting his mom knows he’s safe as he travels the world.
- Why does everyone hate flying? The pilot behind AskthePilot.com tells all to Freakonomics in this week’s podcast.
- Guidebook showdown: Lonely Planet v. Fodor’s. Who does a better job in Japan?
- Summer has only just begun but there have already been a lot of stories about hikers getting lost or stranded while out on their adventures. These tips may save your life.
- How The Youths are travelling differently than their parents did. Or, “what it’s like to travel when there have never been more options for every traveler alive.”
- Did you know some airplanes have secret crew sleeping compartments? It looks like camp!
- Parker, the one-eyed rescue pug, is the newest member of the guest services team at the Park Hyatt in Chicago. LOOK AT HER BURBERRY NECKERCHIEF.
- The London Zoo recently opened a lodge in the new lion exhibit. That’s right, spend the night with the lions. Londonist tried it out and files this report.
- The newest museum in Los Angeles is the Museum of Broken Relationships, celebrates where love goes to die. Paying $18 seems easier than having your heart broken, I suppose.
- You’ll soon be able to book a night at Althorp, the childhood home of Diana, Princess of Wales.
- I’ve been to Madrid twice and had never heard of the astounding Museo Cerralbo. Don’t miss it!
- I’ve literally just learned of the Skellig Islands, off the coast of County Kerry in Ireland. It’s a challenge to get there, but, WOW.
- Heading to Rome this summer? Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetimeexhibition of privately-held works by Banksy.
- How do you make the most of a layover? Suggestions for layovers of a few hours to eight hours and more.
- The New York Times investigates: what should you do with your stuff at the beach?
- How two Washington Post journalists packed carry-on only for their recent 20-day trip around the world. Did it work? Not exactly as planned.
- Good tips for things to take and how to fall asleep on a plane, especially if you’re back in steerage.
- Eight different packing strategies for changing your life. I may have oversold that.
- Ten things you should definitely not pack if traveling through the States. These highlights (or lowlights, I guess) of the positively, insanely dangerous things people have attempted to take on a plane.
- Another Kickstarter for a travel hoodie with 15 features. Or, you can just read about my experience with Kickstarter travel hoodies.
Zipping the suitcase
Shall we go pack my house now? No? Please? Tell me what you think about the newsletter by sending a message directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about where I travel on http://bitesizedtravel.ca. See you next week!