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Hello! A very reliable source told me winter is coming in the Northern hemisphere, so it’s time to dig out layers and plan trips somewhere warmer for February. I never do this and always regret it.
In blog news, I’m finally getting caught up and posted something new about buying craft beer in Iceland, as well as new sections organized specifically for Camino de Santiago planning, travel in Haiti, and craft beer travel. Check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- After a politics-fueled fight broke out on his flight, a pilot for United Airlines unleashed a call for sanity and no political talk for the remainder of the flight. America!
- AirBNB is moving beyond accommodations – and government regulatory grief – into the travel experience business with Trips, featuring experiences in cities like Havana, Cape Town, Paris, London, and Detroit. The AirBNB announcement prompted a pointed reaction from one established tour provider, whose sector within the travel industry has been more resistant to AirBNB-like disruptors.
- Add the European Union’s Schengen zone to the places looking to add an electronic travel authorization system, modeled on the USA’s ESTA and Canada’s eTA/poo-show. Should everything go according to plan, add at least another €5 to your EU travel budget in 2020.
- If Thanksgiving travel plans take you through Chicago’s O’Hare airport, bon courage. Baggage handlers, cleaners, and other service personnel have served notice they intend to strike next week, just in time for the busiest travel period of the year.
- United Airlines is offering a new class of seats, “basic economy,” where you forego carry-on luggage, advance seat selection, and dignity. Checked bags start at USD$25, so, yeah, this sounds like garbage.
- Germany’s Cologne Bonn Airport had introduced a new approach to security screening that doesn’t involve unpleasant people barking at you. It allows prepared, experienced travelers to jump ahead and keep the line moving. Refreshing!
- What’s the cause of Iceland’s current tourism boom? Financial disaster! Natural disaster! Horses! What?
- Going to Barcelona, a renowned pickpocketing destination? May I suggest making a decoy glitter wallet. Once it’s lifted from your pocket, unsuspecting pickpockets will be treated to shower of glitter. GLITTER.
- Not to belabour the point, but if everyone used decoy glitter wallets, pickpocketing could be cured.
- Aer Lingus and Air New Zealand are having a very delightful rugby-fueled Twitter war.
- Mapping the world’s national tourism slogans.
- Another very old piece of art has been destroyed by an idiot attempting to take a selfie with it, this time in Portugal. This story has everything: obliviousness, people being the worst, and a lack of museum security fueling the problem.
- Instagram influencers are ruining travel and I tend to agree. Staging “moments” and wistful looks over the shoulder are so ubiquitous and UGH.
- In a second story that proves my point, one travel blogger and Instagrammer has accused another one of copying her travel instas because all of these people are ridiculous and seem oblivious to the fact that the “art” they’re fighting over can be easily replicated by literally anyone with money and a passport.
With US Thanksgiving travel rapidly approaching, James Corden and Eddie Redmayne provide a timely reminder about packing properly for the trip through TSA screening.
Planning your next trip
- I wish I had this guide for where to stay in Rome before I picked a crap hotel in a garbage neighbourhood. Almost inspires me to give Rome another chance. Almost.
- The “no regrets” list is the millennial version of a bucket list, but some people are trying to convince us it’s something different. It’s not.
- With bucket listers of all ages filling treks and trails around the world, finding a little peace on your own is often difficult. One writer for The Guardian found quiet on one of Kilimanjaro’s lesser-used trails.
- Avoid wrecking your no regrets/bucket list trip by keeping these five planning SNAFUs in mind.
- Been to London? Longing to go? These sweeping aerial views of the citywill have you checking your bank balance and vacation days.
- Spain is a well-known travel destination, but few make it to Galicia, the far western region on the Atlantic Coast. One of the best reasons to go: the food.
- Add some purpose to your travel experiences by accompanying a rescue animal on your flight.
Packing lists and tips
- This section usually features tips and hacks meant to make your packing life easier. Do they work?
- I’ve been traveling with a backpack so long, I can’t recall the last time I used a suitcase for anything. For those who have not taken the plunge, here is the collected wisdom of a bunch of travel bloggers who pick their favourites and make the case for backpack travel.
- Winter is coming. Pack layers, lots of thin, warm, useful layers.
Zipping the suitcase
To my American friends, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of problem-free travel! 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!