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Travel news you can use
- It’s a quiet week in the world of travel news, as, in the French tradition, everyone seems to have gone on vacation.
- Trying to take weapons and all kinds of crazy things in a carry-on, not just for Americans! Here are the best efforts of some Canadians to take ridiculously dangerous things in their carry-on.
- I’ll believe it when I see it, but the Canadian Transport Minister has acknowledged air passenger consumer rights are sorely lacking in our country and is “looking into it.” Europe is the gold standard for air passenger consumer rights, but, heck, I’d even be happy with what the United States has.
- The Director of the US Centers for Disease Control says the Zika advisory in place for parts of Florida could remain in place for up to a year. Plan accordingly, snowbirds.
- Continuing coverage of TSA’s annus horribilis:
- Only good news this week: this TSA agent showed an abundance of humanity and professionalism when screening a trans person recently.
- Upshot, the New York Times’ data journalism section, makes the economic argument for doling out goody bags to surrounding passengers when taking small, unpredictable children on a flight.
- Some of these travel tips from the Napoleonic era hold up (wear good shoes). Some do not (ask your doctor to help you find a bathtub).
- This essay exploring how “safe” it is to travel internationally these days really got me going about the overstated dangers of travel in 2016. The most dangerous part of travel? The drive.
- A clinical psychologist breaks down the meaning of the travel photos you post on social media.
- Got four wheels and some time on your hands? Why not tackle the ultimate American road trip across the 48 contiguous states, optimized to hit 50 stops of national, cultural, and historic significance on the way.
- And here’s 10 stops for Canada, in case you want to extend your road trip!
- For maximum travel efficiency, Hotel Arbez straddles the French-Swiss border, letting you stay in two countries at the same time.
- Twelve great cities for exploring on foot, including my personal favourites Fez, Morocco and Venice, Italy.
- How to be polite and unobtrusive while taking photos at food markets.
- Explore Ljubljana, Slovenia with Melania Trump’s ex-boyfriend because, I dunno, this election is never gonna end and we need a distraction. Includes pronunciation tips for “Ljubljana.”
- First point: you gotta go to Dublin. Second point: here’s a handy list of 12 free things to do!
- Public transport tips from major US airports: NYC/JFK, Philadelphia, and Chicago.
- Timely (for me!) I’m off to Iceland in a couple of weeks and bookmarked this local’s guide to Reykjavik.
- Timely (again)! Packing for the constantly changing weather in Iceland. I’m packing more outerwear options than I do for a trip to NYC in the winter.
- One of my greatest travel joys is walking long distances, but carrying very little on account of my deteriorating back. This woman’s packing list forher 10,000km journey in a 32L backpack will be bookmarked for my next long walk – a return to the Camino de Santiago in 2017.
- Pantyhose to foil leeches? Dental floss to mitigate a dripping tap?Unexpected travel fixes and tips from a very resourceful traveler.
- If you’re a frequent traveler, or wrangle a lot of people when traveling, keep a travel drawer (or a bin, in my case) of frequently-used travel items and you’ll always know where they are.
Zipping the suitcase
Did I mention I’m going back to Iceland soon? I’m looking for Reykjavik craft beer stops to pass the time between pylsurs (amazing Iceland hotdogs). 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!