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Hello! I know the kids are still in school, but I have switched completely to summer mode. Let’s talk about camping, road trips, going to beach, exploring other countries while their residents are on vacation somewhere else. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- Canada has raised its travel warning for France for foreseeable future, particularly during the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament. What you need to know before traveling to the Euros.
- Here’s what the flat inside the Eiffel Tower, created especially for the Euros, looks like.
- The US State Department is anticipating a sharp rise in passport renewal applications next year following the surge in new passports and renewals in 2007. They’re suggesting people renew early, or be prepared to wait.
- Booming tourism in Iceland has meant a rise in AirBNB rentals, which means it’s hellishly difficult to find an apartment in Reykjavik. [Your correspondent looks away sheepishly]
- On the upside, AirBNB’s CEO is promising to swiftly address complaints of racism and transphobia. So, hooray?
- A visitor died at Yellowstone National Park recently after falling into a hot spring (warning: the story is GRIM). A huge surge in visitors to Yellowstone is making it harder than ever for rangers to protect the park, the wildlife, and its visitors.
- Hamilton, the most impossible ticket on Broadway, will be releasing a block of tickets on Sunday night (so, tonight, if you’re reading on Sunday) during or after the Tony Awards.
- In Hamilton good news, they doubled the number of daily $10 lottery tickets.
- In Hamilton bad news, the top seat price will now be $850.
- Did I mention I got tickets for January? I’ve updated the post with information about how that came to be. Hint: Ticketmaster shadiness.
- Newark Airport is The Worst. No, that’s not just my opinion.
- In a story I would have believed came from an Air Canada press release, The Beaverton reports Air Canada is introducing a new “landing fee” for all passengers currently in flight. The Beaverton is kind of like The Onion, but with beavers instead of onions.
- Ongoing coverage of TSA’s annus horribilis:
- The TSA is congratulating itself for focusing on moving passengers through mega-airports to avoid slowing down the rest of the system.
- Travelers signing up for the TSA’s PreCheck program are waiting a loooong time to get screened for the program.
- CATSA, Canada’s answer to the TSA is going full-TSA and makingscary predictions of long lines if they don’t get more money. We see what you’re doing, CATSA. For the record, I saw the longest Canadian screening line of my life en route to London and it was, like, 15 minutes.
- How did Nelson Mandela’s breakfasts improve as he got closer to freedom? This article talks about the diets at Robben Island, the notorious prison for political prisoners off the coast of Cape Town, and how things changed as the country moved toward ending apartheid.
- A couple write about what they want other people to know about long-term travel in your 30s. It includes smart thoughts on the impact on your career and setting appropriate expectations. And includes pictures from Salar de Uyuni, the salt flats of Bolivia.
- IMPORTANT! How to chill beer in a hotel room without a fridge.
- Don’t miss these top 10 vistas in the WORLD. Warning: the cityscape of Florence requires a hike up several hundred stairs.
- I heartily approve of the Guardian’s readers’ tips for Montreal.
- Why you shouldn’t stop traveling with a baby. I shouldn’t have to tell you this: take the baby, don’t leave it at home.
- Reddit weighs in on the world’s most overrated tourist destinations. I completely agree with their conclusions about Times Square, but I do recommend going to see the spectacle of the lights after the shows have let out for the night and all of the punchy mascots have gone home. So, well after midnight. In the winter. [Full post]
- Barcelona Blonde, an American living in Barcelona, put together a fun itinerary for having a great day in Barcelona on £50. It *is* a sponsored post, but she has great suggestions for eating, so I’m including it on its merit.
- I missed the hologram at London’s Holborn Tube station telling me where to stand on the escalator, but maybe you won’t. Londoners take escalator rules VERY seriously, learn them before you go.
- Here’s a terrific pitch for visiting Portugal as a solo woman traveler.
- You may need to check a bag just to meet the robot working at curbside baggage check at the Geneva Airport.
- How to pack like a Vogue editor, summer edition. You’re still poor.
- All packed? Take out half of it!
Zipping the suitcase
I’m still packing my house, so if you’d like to whisk me away, far, far away, now is your moment. 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!