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Hello! I had lunch with some former co-workers this week and everyone asked, “Where is your next trip?” The answer is New York, but their enthusiasm for my travels inspired me to get to work and start finding fun things to do and eat while I’m there. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- Expect to see some big, dramatic changes in air travel in Canada in the coming years. Transport Minister Marc Garneau (a retired astronaut who was the first Canadian in space) announced plans to introduce a sweeping set of policy changes that will increase airline competition in Canada (and reduce prices), improve airport screening, and introduce – at long last – an enforceable passenger bill of rights.
- Always make sure you apply the handbrake when parking your rental car abroad. One unlucky pair of travelers in Iceland found their car submerged in the glacial lagoon at Jökulsárlón. The car containing their luggage, passports… oh dear.
- According to research/blindingly obvious things, New York City is home to the three worst airports in America. Fun fact: I’ve only been to one of the best airports, but 7/10 of the worst.
- The “leniency period” for Canada’s new electronic travel authorization (eTA) ends on November 9, 2016. The new rules kick in on November 10.
- Sort of! The roll-out of the eTA continues to be a poo-show for Canadians with dual citizenship. The feds have introduced another confusing temporary measure until January 31, 2017. Hot mess.
- There are a lot of changes coming for US passports, so if you need to renew in 2017, maybe do it now. Officials are expecting a huge increase in applications as 10-year passports issued in 2007, following another set of massive changes, are set to expire.
- Disney parks have a well-known and very strict no-gun policy. That didn’t stop two people from bringing their loaded handguns into the Happiest Place on Earth. America!
- To succeed in China, AirBNB is playing by China’s rules.
- Air France-KLM are planning to launch a low-cost airline. ALLO!
- A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned AirBNB was having a contest to spend Halloween night in Dracula’s castle. As it turns out, some Canadians won the contest and shared details of their very creepy night at Bran Castle.
- I love travel photo projects and this one is a winner. For 15+ years, a photographer has been incorporating touristy souvenirs into his photos, replacing the landmark with its cheapo souvenir version. Pyramid paperweights in Egypt, Italian ashtrays in Siena, building block Eiffel Towers, this set of pics will make you rethink what you see – and buy – in your travels.
- Passengers detail the most absurd things the TSA has made them surrender at screening. Like earrings.
- If you’re interested in the science and pseudoscience of behavioural screening at airports, here’s a long read that is sure to pique your interest.
- With smartphones replacing good ol’ cameras while traveling, you want to make sure your phone’s camera is up to the task – a writer takes three of the newest models out for a test drive.
Planning your next trip
- Just leaving this here: a collection of tips for trying out a new country, if you want to, say, move out of the one you currently live in on November 9.
- I know so many people that have been to Ireland in recent years, I wish we could time-travel back and use this amazing list of 30 Irish bucket list experiences.
- A “budget” safari in South Africa may not sound promising, but these suggested destinations for seeing the Big 5 (and more) will thrill and delight. For what it’s worth, this list includes places I’ve been and tips I used and I heartily co-sign. And be sure to continue on to Cape Town for these amazing eats.
- Atlas Obscura, my favourite travel planning site, has mapped everything they have, making it much easier to find unique stops near your travel destination.
Packing lists and tips
- It’s a light week in the world of travel packing. Put on a scarf, it’s getting cold.
Zipping the suitcase
If you’re in North America, I hope you’re enjoying an extra hour of sleep (I am). 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!