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Hello! Fall leaves in Eastern Canada have reached peak fall-leafiness. Harvest time in these parts also means driving to the country to pick apples, so if you’re doing either or both, enjoy the colours and bringing a sweater. Have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- Traveling through Canada? CATSA, our country’s airport screening agency, have clarified rules for travelers and visitors who travel with prescribed medical marijuana. Spoiler: paperwork. Lots and lots of paperwork.
- Sounds like Trump’s campaign is creating problems for room sales at his hotels, particularly his newest one in Washington, DC.
- Americans! If this election has you down, go to Cuba: you can now load up on cigars and rum, thanks to a new policy directive issued on Friday. Thanks, Obama!
- Let’s start calling it #BrexitBlame: the high-speed Eurostar rail service between London and Paris is cutting trips.
- TripAdvisor, one of the biggest travel sites in the world, has stopped selling tickets to some animal-related activities through Viator. This is a tremendous decision, especially for those of us travelers who are also concerned about animal welfare and conservation.
- Both Canada and the U.S. have banned the (literally) incendiary Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from aircraft in the country. Just trade in your phones, man.
- Reminder: if you’re a US citizen preparing to renew your passport renewal, or a foreign national applying for a visa, you won’t be able to wear glasses in your photos after November 1, 2016.
- Bookmark this forever. Wifi passwords for just about any airport where you may find yourself.
- I know I shouldn’t encourage this behaviour because some jerk will take it too far, but I love these stories of hotels fulfilling funny special requests from guests. LOVE IT.
- This retired American lady’s trip journal about spending Christmas in Paris and Versailles, petsitting for her accomms, is charming. I would like to travel by petsitting indefinitely, please.
- It seems like there’s always a festival on the go in Catalonia, Spain, and when there’s a festival, there’s castells, human towers. Check out the tallest one I’ve ever seen, fittingly, at the castell championship. [I watched castells at celebration for National Day a couple of years ago, it’s quite a process!]
- After recent travel, a power outage, and some other experiences which have required me to fully disconnect for a day or so, I’m thinking I’m in need of a digital detox, especially as I start to think about my next Camino de Santiago.
Planning for your next trip
- Lounge with (a statue of) Lenin in a revitalized Stalin-era former-Soviet-sanitarium in Georgia (the former USSR one, not the American one). Send a postcard! It sounds terrible.
- I’ve been saving in advance of travel for years, but I definitely needed to change some habits before doing so. If you’d like to make travel a priority, but don’t know where to start financially, here are some great tips.
- I think I need to plan a return trip to Montreal (always) for a Portuguese chicken tour (heck yeah!).
- Totally overrated London tourist stops, but you’re probably going to go to some or all of them on your first visit.
- Forget squad goals, this retired couple’s approach to full-time travel after full-time work is exactly what I want to do. Eventually, for sure, but also right now.
- Los Angeles has a lot more to offer than I thought. Yes, I’d go to Silver Lake because I’m the worst.
- I was surprised by some of the entries on the US State Department’s list of countries you shouldn’t visit. How many have you been to?
Packing lists and tips
- The world’s best travelers talk about the things you should NEVER pack, or bother to pack, or pack “just in case.” Very few places on Earth won’t have what you need.
- Don’t break these travel shoe rules. Or else!
- Readers enjoy it when I show absurdly overpriced packing lists from Vogue staffers, so here’s one for the boys: 7 essentials for your carry-on, including $240 swim trunks.
Zipping the suitcase
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