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Hello! Summer is not over. Repeat: summer is not over. We are getting ready to cruise into a glorious autumn in Eastern Canada, with our first hurricane-related forecast already on deck. Also, happy spring to readers in the Southern Hemisphere!
My summer holiday from blogging over on Bite-sized Travel is definitely over. In the coming weeks, I’ll finish half-written posts about my beer tours in New York, London, Vancouver, and Iceland, plus lots more about everywhere I went in the past few months. Have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- Two young women from Quebec, who were arrested for smuggling $22 million worth of cocaine into Australia, spent weeks on a luxury cruise ship, documenting their totally life-changing travel adventures on Instagram while smuggling said cocaine. Now they can make a social media scrapbook of their summer vacay while serving a life sentence in an Australian prison. #funzies!
- The US Department of Transportation has approved 20 new nonstop air routes from the US to Cuba, a country Canadians and many Europeans have visited with ease and regularity for decades. Watch out for tired clichés about visiting Cuba!
- JetBlue mixed up two five year-old boys flying from the Dominican Republic, sending them to the wrong American cities. When you pay an airline to watch your unaccompanied child, the least they can do is earn your money.
- Some passengers on a Westjet flight between Toronto and Edmonton subdued a man who was “acting weird.”
- Skyscanner won the internet with their response to a computer glitch that proposed a 47-year layover for one lucky traveler.
- A couple bought and paid for a family trip to Jamaica without knowing about Zika or Zika-related travel advisories, so complained to the local news instead. Tip: do 10 minutes of googling before you pay thousands of dollars for your non-refundable trip. And buy travel insurance.
- India’s tourism minister advised women not to wear skirts to avoid sexual assault. Got it: not going to India.
- A sheep-powered campaign to get Google Street View to cover the Faroe Islands was successful.
- Continuing coverage of TSA’s annus horribilis:
- What do those TSA scribbles on your boarding pass mean?NOTHING.
- Here’s an Icelandic phrase you need in your life: “þetta reddast.” Loosely translated, it means “everything will work out alright.” I love it and this letter delivered with a hand-drawn map is a perfect example of it.
- The dogs and cats working hard at hotels to make your stay delightful.
- A scientist explains why jetlag is worse when you travel west to east. I fought it on my last trip by floating around in the Blue Lagoon for a few hours. I still conked out on the bus to Reykjavik, but it was pretty sweet nap.
- Our world’s best scientists have unwittingly had their hard work thrown in a content blender, and the end result was this “scientific” formula for maximizing vacation travel awesomeness. Good tips, though.
- Companies who want to sell you things have released a survey of travel’s biggest stressors and how travelers deal with them (by buying the things the survey people are selling, obvs.)
- Everything about this travel agent’s response to “What are single travelers looking for?” is offensive. Single and solo travelers aren’t in a Sex and The City movie, looking to have sex with everything in sight and in constant peril. It’s thinking like this that is making the job of travel agent increasingly irrelevant, particularly for younger travelers.
- Basetrip provides all of the basic information you need for your destination: language, weather, currency, power outlets, cost of living, calling codes, internet speed, vaccinations, and more. I tested it with some places I’ve been and it’s pretty accurate and very helpful (I’m not paid to promote this site). However, they are wildly wrong about the price of beer in Iceland.
- If you’re interested in Iceland because I won’t stop talking about it, you should bookmark this full-circle road trip around Iceland’s Ring Road, taking you to all corners of this amazing country.
- Simple tips for women travelers for avoiding creepy dudes who insist on talking to you.
- Ten markets around the world you must see. I’d add Marché de Fer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, too. Fun fact: I was researching a trip to Togo and the market listed in that article piqued my interest.
- True tech worshippers will want to follow this Silicon Valley tour that takes you to Google, Facebook, and Apple and the Silicon Valley tv show.
- Zanzibar: YES. I’m trying to figure out if I can hit both Zanzibar and Madagascar for a spice- and vanilla-scented trip for my 45th birthday in a few years. Yes? No?
- 36 Hours in Cinque Terre, Italy. I did a hiking trip there a few years ago and can say, without hyperbole, it is The Best. Beautiful walking, bright colours, warm weather, beaches, wine, food, it has everything.
- Andrew Evans is a very level-headed travel writer who has a very level-headed approach to seeing the world. It’s simple, and takes a lot of joy in cultural immersion and enjoying just *being* in another country. Something that can get lost in bucket-list-checking and rushing from one “must see” sight to another.
- If a safari is part of your fall-winter travel adventures, here is a great list of items to take with you. Yes, you will get dirty, and, yes, it will be fine because you are on safari and not a fashion shoot for Vogue.
- Forget everything I told you about ride-on luggage. Most airports won’t let you do it.
Zipping the suitcase
Since it’s back to school here in Canada, I’m also trying fight the urge to buy aTrapper Keeper, 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!