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Special Coverage: US Presidential Election
The full impact of this week’s US presidential election will not be known for some time, given the president-elect’s often-changing positions during the campaign. Not a lot is known about the real impacts of his policies, especially for Americans, but the travel world is already reacting.
- One of the travelers-in-residence at the New York Times summarizes the issues that *could* be impacted by the new president: enhanced and more intrusive screening, weaker currency, and a reversal of warming relations with Cuba, among other things.
- Some people in the US tourism industry are expecting fewer visitors, who may go to Canada instead.
- The Canadian currency took a hit, too, eating into gains made on the UK pound following Brexit. Not cool.
- From the Irish perspective, the depressed currency could impact tourism in Ireland, and further challenge expansion of European low-cost-carriers into the American airspace.
- I’m getting out of the prediction business (after this sentence). As a frequent traveler to the US, I’m expecting the electronic travel authorization requirement (ESTA) to be extended to Canadians, as well as even more screening grief at the border and points of entry.
Travel news you can use
- In the most horrifying travel story I’ve ever read, a five-foot snake fell from the overhead baggage compartment of an Aeromexico flight last weekend. NOPE.
- For now, the United States is expanding pre-clearance at international airports, including London’s Heathrow and Amsterdam’s Schiphol.
- Reminder: you now need an electronic travel authorization (eTA) to visit Canada. Unless you’re Canadian, a dual citizen, a Canadian permanent resident, an American citizen, or you already have a valid visa to enter Canada.
- It’s Northern Lights season! Icelandair has a helpful guide containing everything you need to know about the aurora borealis.
- In case you needed reminding, here are nine places you should never take a selfie.
- Obvious survey says: Canadians like drinking on flights.
- These “airline secrets” of European carriers are actually enforceable policies they don’t want you to know.
- Some of us are going to disagree about what one Canadian woman learned when she took a cut-out representing a man who ditched her on a trip to Europe.
Planning your next trip
- There should be a feature on travel sites that lets them pick the destination, for when you want to go literally anywhere to get away. Maybe one of these undervisited places that could use more travelers?
- Free for a month in December? A catsitter is needed for quiet home in Tuscany.
- If you have very specific interests, you may want to add one of these 66 museums dedicated to one thing only into your travel plans. I’ve only been to one of them, but found the experience of a laser-focus museum theme … unsettling.
- Surviving long-haul flights in economy class: plan, plan, plan.
- Increased tourism to Iran means some travelers are having trouble finding hotel rooms. Couchsurfing is taking off in this famously hospitable country, giving travelers a way to meet real people and challenge their assumptions about the country.
- Getting the courage and enthusiasm for solo travel involves getting out of your own way, and getting past the things in your head that may hold you back. These ten largely intangible tips for women traveling alone may help you with that.
Packing lists and tips
- Traveling with someone else? Share these things with your travel pals to save space.
- Winter travel means different gear requirements. Bundle up for chillier temperatures.
- I laughed off this post about newfangled suitcases, until I saw the one that has built-in packing cubes. Go on, I’m listening…
- Pack light to avoid these real-life heavy luggage injuries.
- One of the most useful packing things I find on the internet is “packing list post mortems,” where people assess what they took on their trip and whether it was useful or worth carrying. This a very thorough post mortem for a Camino de Santiago packing list from earlier this year. I’m doing my next Camino de Santiago in 2017, so info like this gives me ideas for how to improve on my last packing list.
Zipping the suitcase
What a week. Go do something fun, if only a while. 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!