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Hello! It’s a long weekend in most of Canada this weekend, which means fun days and nights out, patio drinks, and lots of sleep. I hope you’re finding pleasant weather and enjoying these hot summer days and nights. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- Air Canada is in the news with another customer service fail. This time, a 15 year-old boy was bumped from his Toronto-Halifax flight and spent the night on the cozy floor of Toronto’s Pearson Airport. AC consistently oversells flights on this route. I’ve personally been bumped on several occasions, including after 20 hours of flying from South Africa, and the treatment from AC agents was terrible. A $10 food voucher and $800 in credit (in this case), does not make up for the utterly appalling service on this route and I’m glad they’re getting heat for it.
- Air France cabin crew are striking this weekend, leading to a small number of flight cancellations and interruptions.
- More travel-related Brexit fallout: Ryanair is planning to cut flights from UK airports to focus on growth elsewhere in Europe.
- Canada’s newest low-cost carrier, doesn’t like the questions they’ve been getting from a passenger rights advocate on social media and have sued him for defamation.
- My beloved Spain is seeing a huge tourism boost this year due to a mix of economic and security concerns.
- The excuse sets off my BS detector, but a US tourist spent the night on the roof of Milan’s Duomo after “accidentally” being locked in.
- Despite literally every piece of info telling you about Venice’s car-free streets, Google Maps is being cast as the villain in this story about a couple of British tourists who almost ran down pedestrians afterthey unwittingly drove into the city.
- Continuing coverage of TSA’s annus horribilis:
- Whoopsy! Agents forgot to plug in a scanner at NYC’s LaGuardia airport and let 15 passengers through without screening.
- This is a fun travel quiz: can you identify the location of these famous arches? I got 8/12, hooray for being average!
- A Haitian band vastly improves the mood of their fellow passengers, stuck on their airplane during a six-hour delay.
- Behind the scenes at hotels being used as movie sets.
- Tips for aspiring travel writers – and travel bloggers who, ahem, should get back to work.
- One man’s journey across America on foot highlights the kindness of strangers and underscores the travel cliché “not all who wander are lost.”
- Food is a necessity, and can be a real budget buster when you’re on the go. The New York Times frugal traveler has put together a great list of tips for saving money on food and eating out.
- Don’t throw away your shot, go on this DIY tour of Hamilton sites in New York City.
- When in NYC, take advantage of their abundant (and fast) free wifi.
- Craft beer tourism is on the rise and “beer trails” are popping up in citiesall around America. There’s a handy list at the end of this article if, like me, exploring local beer is a regular part of your travels.
- Food, and drinks, and terrific surroundings: Portugal is coming into its own as a food destination.
- I’m only sharing this HuffPoTravel story about Halifax, where I live, because it features my *FAVOURITE* seafood place, John’s Lunch.
- I generally avoid Buzzfeed Travel, but this listsicle of 27 incredible travel items has a couple of interesting finds I would actually use, like Bluetooth luggage tracking chips, flat plastic water bottles (which I already use), and a poncho-like travel blanket. I would not waste liquid bag space with portable sriracha.
- As a tie-in for their new packing book, Lonely Planet has offered this list of tips for packing for your trip to the wilderness, the city, the rainforest, the desert and more!
- Take this LP quiz to determine your packing personality. I got “obsessive compulsive” packer, while I don’t agree with the terminology, the ultra-organized sentiment explains me perfectly.
Zipping the suitcase
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