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Hello! Well, what does is all mean? The Brexit is happening and this week has been a rush of analysis meant to calm or further agitate, depending on your perspective. It’s not helpful, but maybe it’s a good time to pick up some pounds sterling? Happier news is international football and my beloved La Roja are still going strong (update: they’re out and I’m sad). And let’s give a cheer to Iceland, the unlikeliest and most delightful story of the Euro tournament. Áfram Ísland (update: they’re still in)! Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- The UK is not in either the Eurozone or the Schengen Area, so the immediate impacts may not be apparent to travelers not living in the UK or EU. Travel-related hot takes on the Brexit vote dominated travel news:
- If you have a trip booked to the UK or Europe this summer, the impacts are minimal. For now. The value of the British pound dropped against the euro, USD, and CAD, so now might be a good time to pick up your walking around money.
- Uncertainty with the British pound may keep British travelers at home. But it’s probably a great time to book a trip to the UK.
- In the future, British travelers may miss out on the EU’s very favourable treatment of fliers when their flights are delayed or cancelled.
- There could be some very real, very large price increases for British travelers flying and staying elsewhere in Europe because of a devalued currency.
- Seems much of the industry is surprised by the outcome.
- British low-cost carrier airlines are in for a bumpy ride, since the UK will have a new relationship with the EU and its very favourable “open skies” agreement.
- Expect longer lines entering and exiting the UK and Schengen Area in the future, as travelers previously not in your line and now in your line. Or not, as nothing has actually been negotiated yet.
- A deluge of visitors is literally wearing out the welcome at Christo’s fabric floating walking path across Lago d’Iseo in Italy.
- Super-complicated frequent flyer programs have caught the attention of the US government.
- Oh, hey, this is fun: US airlines collected $1.7 billion (WITH A B) in baggage and ticket change fees in the first quarter of 2016.
- AirBNB is the new TSA, having its own annus horribilis:
- A number of cities in Europe are starting to crack down on AirBNB rentals. This handy list will help you figure out the state of play with your summer destinations.
- AirBNB’s ongoing troubles with racism and transphobia show the sunny optimism of the sharing economy means it’s only sunny for some very specific people and that’s a problem for a company currently valued at $25 billion (WITH A B).
- Oof, these horrifying AirBNB experiences make me never want to leave my house again.
- It appears the Julia Child Foundation is totally not cool with AirBNB trying to profit off of her.
- Ongoing coverage of TSA’s annus horribilis:
- Great news! More people are trying to get into TSA’s PreCheck trusted traveler program. But now they’re waiting there, too.
- If all of this Brexit talk makes you want to run away to the furthest reaches of the world, may I suggest a wine tour in South Africa’s Western Cape? Stellenbosch wine country is wonderful, with glorious landscapes and unforgettable wine.
- The Nomad Barber is seeing the world, one haircut at a time.
- Hot debate: flying is harder for short people. YES, yes it is.
- Now more than ever, we need these hilariously awkward holiday travel photos.
- If you’re planning a road trip, keep this list handy of the best and worst states for road trips. It’s based on factors like driving and accommodations, road conditions, and fun activities.
- This Catalonian road trip from Barcelona makes me actually want to drive a car in Europe.
- You don’t have to assemble anything in the new Ikea museum in Älmhult, Sweden.
- Budget planning for a trip can be overwhelming, here’s a good starting point for identifying the costs you need to consider.
- Explore Paris, and other cities, off the tourist trail with real residents showing you the places you’ll never find in a guidebook.
- “Poshtels” have made their way to America and I hate that word as much as I hate “glamping.”
- Sliding through ridiculously tall tubes is a terrifying new thing. Los Angeles and London are the newest, slide-iest things on the scene. Why? WHY?
- If the beach (or summer music festivals?) is part of your summer plans, the Beach Vault may make its way on to your packing list. Hide your things – and recover them easily – with this in-ground security system.
- The devices with so much value they absolutely MUST go on vacationwith you this summer. Like a sous-vide cooker? Sure!
- Here’s a fascinating forum thread on a horrifying premise: how many bags do you take on a world cruise? These cruises last up to 150 days, and the responses are interesting insight into a part of the travel world I don’t understand at all.
- Julia Stiles travels light, so can you!
Zipping the suitcase
Let us never have to say the word “Brexit” again. Or at least again today. 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!