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Hello! How about those Olympics, eh? One of the best things about Canadian Olympic tv coverage is that you get to see more than Canadian performances, and celebrate Olympic moments like Fiji, winning their first ever medal – a gold at that – in my new favourite sport of Rugby Sevens. And our broadcaster shows everything in real time *and* a summary package in the evening. Go Canada Go!
Programming note: The Packing List will be on holiday next week, but will return with the enthusiasm of an Icelandic geysir on August 28. Thanks for reading, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- It was a rough week in the skies. A massive computer outage earlier in the week brought Delta Airlines to its knees, cancelling hundreds of flights, stranding thousands of passengers worldwide, and taking several days to get back to “normal.” Initially rather chaotic, it appears Delta is one of the better airlines to have strand you.
- A Chinese tourist who didn’t speak German or English spent two weeks in a German refugee hostel after accidentally applying for asylum.
- The lead singer of Iron Maiden flew the (re-)inagural flight of Air Djiboutifrom Cardiff, Wales to Djibouti, which, any way you slice it, is a very weird sentence.
- A Jetblue flight between Boston and Sacramento had such severe turbulence, it sent 24 people to hospital and blew a toilet – A TOILET – off the wall.
- Shah Rukh Khan, the reigning King of Bollywood, has a remarkably good sense of humour about his repeated detentions at US airports for traveling while Indian.
- Please stop building inukshuks at Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland and Labrador because you people are ruining everything.
- American Airlines will offer free, premium in-flight entertainment on most of its flights soonish. Depending on the plane, the new service will be through seatback entertainment systems, or streaming on in-flight wifi.
- This year’s Atlantic hurricane season could be the strongest in years – Caribbean and East Coast travelers take note and plan ahead.
- Do not follow the lead of this fellow, who breached security at the Madrid airport to run out on the tarmac to try and catch his flight. #badideajeans
- Continuing coverage of TSA’s annus horribilis:
- Things may be turning around for the TSA. They made a great catch this week when they caught a 3-D-printed gun in a carry-on bag.
- This NYC Goldendoodle is having a super-fun summer traveling around Nova Scotia. Who’s a good boy!?
- Asking for a friend: how do you hack access to an airport lounge with a fake QR code?
- A Chinese air traveler tried to smuggle a turtle as a KFC chicken burger. Unrelated: I’m always blown away by how popular KFC is other countries.
- In light of the recent burkini ban on the beaches of Cannes, France, here’s a helpful list of 13 other things that should be banned from the beach, too.
- What do you do with all of those travel photos? Turn them into interesting decor items for your home!
- This is a near-definitive list of things to do in Paris. As the French say: get on it.
- The Youths have discovered the train and are learning about America in the process.
- Fight jet lag with science!
- Ten pilgrimages worth tackling. Some interesting lesser-known ones here, including Japan and Peru.
- A hotel in San Diego is offering a package for the recently-heartbrokenwith wine, ice cream, empowering music, and a “that’ll show him” photo shoot.
- “Plan a PokemonGo vacation” is a phrase that will make no sense in a year.
- The Lonely Planet staff packing fails (and how to avoid them) are both cautionary and helpful.
- If you travel frequently for work, these packing tips are just for you.
- A packing light hero walks among us: two months in a 26L backpack. Julie writes about what she learned and what she’d change next time.
- This ultralight packer takes it to the next level: three weeks in a medium-sized (12L) handbag. #newgoal
- The Nomatic Travel Bag in this month’s “travel products on Kickstarter” roundup has a built-in laundry bag, which is a remarkably good idea.
- How do airlines lose bags? That’s the riddle of the Sphinx. There’s a good explanation here, along with tips for increasing the chances of being reunited with your dirty laundry.
Zipping the suitcase
Olympic season always inspires me to get more active, learn about lesser-known countries, and plan a trip to an Olympic city, how about you? 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!