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Hello! We’re now in a post-Brexit universe and we’re no further along in knowing what it all means. It’s a holiday long weekend for both Canada and the United States, so I hope you’re enjoying a Happy Canada Day or a Happy Independence Day wherever you are. In other good news from this week, Iceland is still in the Euro tournament (as of this writing) – Áfram Ísland!
Thanks for reading The Packing List, I’ve got a quick programming note. The next couple of weeks are going to be light-to-non-existent, due to a combination of moving followed immediately by going far, far away for a week. The Packing List will be back to full force by July 24, I promise – have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- The US Department of Homeland Security is considering a proposal to screen the social media profiles of incoming international visitors. I dunno, US taxpayers, I’m not sure you want some poor DHS intern having to look at thousands of my tweets about beer, travel, and inside jokes, but that’s your call.
- This week’s terrorist attack at the Istanbul Airport is more bad news for Turkey’s tourism industry.
- The NY Times looks at airport security and passenger flows around the world, and it’s really depressing.
- There’s a plan afoot to close New York’s venerable Waldorf-Astoria Hotel for three years to convert 1,100 of the hotel’s rooms to condos, and reopening as a much, much smaller hotel.
- Delta Airlines lost a pile of money when it flew a 160-seat plane from New Orleans to Atlanta with only one lucky dude on board.
- Again: don’t go into restricted areas to take photos. A German visitor to Machu Picchu fell to his death after staging a jumping photo and falling into the ravine below.
- AirBNB is suing its hometown of San Francisco to block a new law requiring hosts to register with the city. #awkward
- Ongoing coverage of TSA’s annus horribilis:
- The company contracted to deliver TSA’s PreCheck program is suing the TSA over procurement-related matters and it is more hot mess on top of the dumpster fire that is the TSA and airport security screening these days.
- The US National Park Service turns 100 this year, and there’s a dizzying array of things you can do to celebrate.
- The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year competition is always inspiration to up your travel photo game.
- Everything you didn’t know you wanted to know about hotel concierges and their mystical network, one that is capable of accomplishing ANYTHING.
- Do you have one of the most powerful passports in the world? The list of the 2016 index of visa restrictions was released this week and it’s good news for those of us at the top of the list.
- Drop everything and read about the couple who have taken their pug and cat on a lifetime of adventures, including walking the Camino de Santiago.
- The Walking Dead Cruise is coming up in February 2017, if you’re filling up your winter travel calendar. There are kids in the photo accompanying the article, which seems … ill-advised.
- New York’s first cereal restaurant is a corporate Kellogg’s café in Times Square, which just sounds awful, compounded with terrible.
- My friends just got back from Croatia and it sounds amazing. Here are 23 reasons why you might think so, too.
- Rome’s Colosseum is all shiny and new after the first phase of a €18 million renovation.
- Travel expenses are seemingly never-ending, keep these surprise or hidden expenses in mind when planning your budget.
- The fine weather means travelling in Iceland this summer is even betterthan usual.
- 50+ ultimate travel destinations from travel bloggers who aren’t me.
- The Toronto Star is featuring foldable sunglasses in its regular Travel Companions future. They sound very futuristic, but are also $300, which is ridiculous for something I will sit on, then lose.
- This is no mere tote bag, it is also a 5L wine bag, which is all you need for the music festival season.
Zipping the suitcase
With the holiday, it’s a pretty quiet news week on this side of the pond – for once. Apologies for breaking my earlier promise to never say the word “Brexit” again. 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!