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Hello! This week’s newsletter will be a short one since I’m still in moving chaos, I keep running into walls that in new places for my brain, and the overall effort has shocked my body into remembering its age. A quick programming note: there will be no newsletter next week, but I’ll be back on July 24, with travel news and neat stuff and no more talk of moving or European football. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- Barcelona is banning Segways from its spectacular waterfront, another measure to limit the impact of tourism and make the city a little more livable for residents. No complaints from me on this one.
- A recent poll by a Canadian bank found that us Canadians plan to spend less on travel and fun this summer. It’s okay, I’m spending way more this summer, so I’ll make up the shortfall.
- Post-Brexit airfares from the US to Europe are at their lowest levels in years. The pound is down, too, and it is requiring all of my strength to not book a return trip to the UK right now.
- Norwegian Cruise Line is the latest cruise line to ban outside beverages – including booze, soda, and WATER – meaning you’re at the overpriced mercy of on-board amenities. Some cruise line should comp me a trip so I can see for myself why anyone would ever go on a cruise under these borderline-Soviet conditions.
- The African Union is getting closer to a continent-wide passport, which would mean visa-free travel for citizens of 54 countries and could revolutionize movement on the continent.
- Ongoing coverage of TSA’s annus horribilis:
- TSA will partner with American Airlines to test a new security screening method at major airports like O’Hare and LAX. Based on the images accompanying this article, it looks similar to the method I encountered at London Gatwick, which, despite looking like chaos theory in action, seemed to keep everything moving pretty well.
- A US congressional committee has found the TSA’s poor handling of employee misconduct may be impacting air travel safety.
- Along those lines, TSA plans to speed up screening lines by using aCT scanner, 3-D images, and fewer humans. Resist the urge to slide into the scanner for any health-related CT scanning.
- A man has found the only acceptable use of a selfie stick: SLOTH SELFIES.
- A British Airways pilot writes very romantically about his job and continuing to find joy in air travel (good luck with that, pal) and exploring new corners of the world.
- The Gander Airport Historical Society in Newfoundland and Labrador posted this amazing picture of Mikhail Gorbechev having coffee there during refueling in the 1980s. This photo is the intersection of a LOT of my interests.
- A two-mile beer pipeline spanning the city of Bruges, Belgium is almost ready, just in time for Colin Farrell and I to hide out there from some gangsters.
- True tales of travel disasters from National Geographic Travel staffers. One particularly good tip: learn how to say “help!” and “please” in the local language wherever you’re traveling.
- Put down your phone and start sketching your travel adventures to slow down and immerse yourself in the experience.
- A number of fancy frequent travelers talk about the best rolling luggage for high-flying adventures when you’re required to dress like a grownup and engage in professional activities, instead of wearing the same four outfits for three weeks out of a backpack, like I do. Zoinks, if you have $700 for a suitcase, MARRY ME.
- A nice visual packing list for a day hike from the List app, something I like very much, but don’t use enough.
- A travel scarf that does double duty as a neck pillow and can I please have one by Thursday?
- Don’t be a moron and take a gun-shaped iPhone case on an airplane.
- Here are six things I should have for my long-haul flight from one end of Canada to the other later this week. It’s over 6,000 kilometres. That’s a LOT of podcasts.
Zipping the suitcase
How’s your summer going? Audio book recommendations for eight hours of flying? 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!