The Bite-sized Travel Packing List is an email newsletter about travel, planning, packing, nifty finds & more! Click here to subscribe
Hello! We’re in this weird mid-point of North American autumn, aren’t we? Not quite cold yet (where I live), definitely no longer warm. Time to follow some of my own packing advice and layer up! This week, I wrote about a very fun road trip I took on the south coast of Iceland. We saw sun, sideways rain, lots of beautiful waterfalls, and even some more puffins. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- New York State and AirBNB are at war! The governor just signed a bill into law that will prohibit advertising illegal hotels, that is, short-term rentals, that is, every AirBNB listing in New York City. AirBNB immediately filed a lawsuit and blamed the hotel industry for back room dealing. War! Lawsuits! America!
- The recently-enacted Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ban on flights is, of course, off to a bumpy start.
- An undercover investigation by the US DOT found that US airlines don’t give passengers accurate information about their rights, including right to compensation for delays and luggage issues, and issued a bunch of fines and compliance orders. Amazingly, this investigation was called “Task Force Lightning.”
- New rules following this investigation will require airlines to publish information about on-time performance and baggage loss.
- Travellers light on cash can sing for their suppers, well, wash dishes, during Italy’s upcoming “barter week.” Who’s with me?!
- Tourism in Thailand is being toned down, as the country has entered a one-year mourning period to note the recent passing of King Bhumibol. Some Western tourists, however, are being remarkably insensitive about it. When you go to another country, you are a guest there, so don’t be a jerk about it.
- Scary Halloween plans? AirBNB is having a contest where the winner will be spooked out for all eternity after a sleepover at Dracula’s castle in Transylvania on Halloween night.
- A new study has found a possible connection between temporary oxygen deprivation and recovering from jetlag faster. What could possibly go wrong?
- I am 100% into this guy who’s traveled around the world to take animal selfies.
- One of the biggest challenges for some travelers is to explain their food allergies when they don’t speak the language. Here are some suggestions (including DIY) for translated allergy cards.
Planning for your next trip
- Google Flights is doing its best to be your one-stop-shop for travel by introducing changes that will alert you to imminent fare changes. It’s a prediction model that is almost certain to be better than clicking and hoping for the best, like I do now.
- This NYT list of places you should visit in your 20s is perfect for The Youth in your life or if, like me, you’re enjoying one heck of a run in your 40s.
- Travel scams are always changing, get caught up before your next trip. The “Take Out Fake Out” sounds like something in heist movie.
Packing lists and tips
- “The weight of your luggage is equally proportionate to your level of misery on the road.” True words from Canadian travel writer Nora Dunn. Pack light with these tips that consolidate every thing I believe.
- I’ve heard from countless people they could never travel carry-on only because of their variety of liquids, gels, and potions. I always try to suggest looking at alternative products in solid form, like being suggested in this post about liquid-free travel.
- What to wear if you’re traveling between climates. Hot to cold – cold to hot, you’re covered!
- Famous pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger has an unusual packing list item for 2016: paper maps!
- New travel products on Kickstarter include a (legit) nice-looking purse with extra security features and a travel backpack that seems more like a robot than anything.
Zipping the suitcase
Sweater weather! 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!