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Hello! Thoughts of international football tournaments have dominated my week, how about you? As of this writing, my beloved La Roja were still going strong – vamos España! Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- Canada’s contribution to reality television about customs and border control, Border Security, has been cancelled after it was found to have violated the privacy of a man busted in an immigration sweep. One of my greatest in-flight joys was watching this show, so I’m bummed.
- Ruh-roh! AirBNB’s lawyers are going to be busy fighting a bill just passed in the New York statehouse that will prohibit renting out entire apartments on AirBNB and similar sites.
- Canada is going to finally start collecting (and sharing) information about people leaving the country. The lack of passport control in North America has always struck me as odd, but, as you might expect, people here are deep in their feelings about it.
- Air Canada pulled an Air Canada when it denied boarding to a woman in Thailand who had a fully-paid ticket because she didn’t have the credit card her husband used to purchase to the ticket in Canada.
- A tourist at Yellowstone National Park was fined USD$1,000 after going out-of-bounds to collect water from a hot spring. Seriously, people, get it together.
- The wicked smaht folks at Harvard Business Review say there are immense personal benefits to traveling internationally for work, even for short periods of time.
- Ongoing coverage of TSA’s annus horribilis:
- A recent bill passed in the US House of Representatives will turn up the heat on the TSA to resolve their current staffing issues. I’m going to reserve my enthusiasm until the bill becomes a law. Thank you, Schoolhouse Rocks!
- A passenger is suing the TSA after missing his flight during the recent long screening lines/cluster(bleep). This is probably the best way to resolve the TSA problem: American litigiousness!
- Why is the TSA like it is? Basically: security theatre politics.
- A French man is sailing the world with his pet chicken Monique and it’s charming as heck.
- Revealed! What do all of those numbers and things mean on your boarding pass?
- In Canada, our cash cows are black Lab sniffer dogs like Jagger, who’s found over $70 million in his ten-year career.
- The WaPo reporters on a whirlwind 20 day, round-the-world trip talk aboutwhat went right and wrong on their adventure.
- If you have a long layover, maybe you want to take a leisurely nap? Check out some of these airport sleeping pods around the world.
- The Next Brooklyn in Brooklyn: Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights.
- Too late! Cuba has already changed with the thawing of relations with the United States.
- Looking for some outside-of-the-box accommodations? There’s an AirBNB in a gas station that offers unlimited snacks, but no bed or shower. Or maybe an AirBNB with a cat? internet! Once again proving nothing is too weird for humanity.
- For whatever reason, the New York Times is suddenly interested in the Titanic cemetery a couple of kilometres from my house. If you’re planning to visit, let me know!
- If you’re planning to visit Beale St in Memphis, bring $10 for the new cover charge to enter the area.
- Based on the recommendations for Halifax, the city where I live, I’ll never trust anything in Afar magazine ever again. That said, here are a bunch of recommendations for tons of places across Canada.
- A successful working writer often finds him- or herself on long book tours. Essayist David Sedaris, a personal favourite of mine, shares the unsurprisingly odd items he considers travel essentials for a book tour.
- You’d think I’d have learned my lesson, but these travel gear Kickstarter ideas have captured my interest. (Particularly the pants – they’re Canadian!)
- Friendly reminder: if it looks anything like a grenade, you can’t take it on a plane.
Zipping the suitcase
It’s been a sad week, but I hope you’re finding comfort and community wherever you are. 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!