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Hello! Today is a tough day in the travel world, so I’m not going to go too hard on air travel security. Let’s be thankful for the improvements in air safety that had direct benefits, like barring cockpit doors, and focus less on the ones that been more pain that productive, like 1L bags of liquids.
In happier news, the newsletter turns 25 today, which means it can rent a car! Thank you for reading, clicking, and sending your thoughts and emails. Have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- More than 30 people spent a chilly night dangling over the French Alps, literally chilling in cable cars that got stuck over Mont Blanc, after rescue efforts were suspended for the night. Otherwise known as “my worst nightmare.”
- Some of this week’s biggest travel news has been about AirBNB, and their efforts to be seen as less-awful on a number of fronts:
- First was the release of AirBNB’s new plan to fight racial discrimination by hosts. It involves a lot of self-reporting by people who have been impacted, but is a start. It’s on all of us to fight discrimination, and I will continue to remind AirBNB it matters.
- Facing increasing regulation in jurisdictions all around the world, AirBNB launched a charm offensive, by releasing a ton of data about how great it is in places like Ontario.
- Whoops, maybe not, the data is a hot, confusing mess.
- But… a full-out AirBNB ban is probably off the table in the Toronto area. The only thing I really took away from this article is confusion: who are these people going to Mississauga? (Apologies to readers outside of Canada for that very Canadian question.)
- British Airways blamed “computers” for a system-wide outage that disrupted flights and stranded passengers. I can only picture a bunch of people are running around a server room to “Yakety Sax,” Benny Hill-style.
- Please don’t take your new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on an airplane, to avoid, like, starting a fire on board.
- Air China, the country’s flag-carrier, had to recall their in-flight magazine after publishing insanely racist travel advice for London.
- Power outlets of the world, in one handy graphic. Always check the voltage of your devices to see if you only need a plug adapter or a voltage converter + plug adapter!
- Craft beer is literally everywhere. Here are some lesser-known craft breweries in the southern hemisphere – how about going to the end of the Earth? Like Ushuaia, the jumping-off point for voyages to Antarctica.
- These abandoned places are strangely beautiful. I made an attempt to see the City Hall subway station in New York while my subway car turned around, but it was pitch-black, so I have no idea if it actually looks like this or not.
- Here’s a longer read about life behind the scenes at the Vatican. You may have visited the Sistine Chapel or St. Peter’s, but didn’t see the massive organization at work, from driving Pope Francis to keeping 22,000 square metres of floor clean.
- Everyone goes to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and takes a photo pushing the tower. This guy went to Pisa and took it to the next level.
- Goat yoga in Oregon. This is everything I want in the world.
- If you’re going to be in Barcelona this month, try and time it to coincide with the biggest festival of the year, La Mercè [info is in Catalan, you can figure it out]. It’s a week of parades, Catalan folk music, giants, fire beasts, dancing, and a lot of fun. I went in 2011 and still talk about the parades I attended every day.
- This is a great tipsheet for your first 24 hours in a new place. Use these tips to conquer your first hours in a destination, especially since you’ll be tired and jetlaggy.
- The New York Times incumbent Frugal Traveler has a nice, short interview with Lonely Planet about his habits and approach to budget travel, including when he splurges.
- If you like the outdoors, we have a lot of it for you in Canada. The Great Trail, formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail, is aiming to be complete in 2017, a collection of 24,000 km of locally-managed trails linking three oceans, ten provinces, three territories, 15,000 communities, and the second-largest country on Earth. It’s also our 150th birthday next year, and will an absolutely terrific time to come for a visit.
- Greenland is the new Iceland, but completely different, far more off the beaten track, and actually icier.
- I share a lot of articles about things to take with you on a trip, but here are 12 things you shouldn’t take on a trip. No denim. Even National Geographic agrees with that.
- But… here are 20 things you should take. I’ve included this post because it includes a lot of things I consider travel essentials: a collapsible plastic water bottle, packing cubes, a bag to keep your stuff dry if there’s a shampoo explosion, among others!
- Baggage tips from an airport luggage handler.
- I watched a terrible packing video that suggested putting your wallet in your suitcase. Even if you’re doing carry-on, never, ever, ever, ever, ever do this. NEVER.
- I think Martha Stewart needs my packing-light-tough-love more than I need her organize-your-life-tough-love. This much luggage makes me panic.
Zipping the suitcase
The kids are back in school, traffic is back to being terrible, and I’m thinking about my 2017 travel plans, 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!