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Hello! I hope my American friends enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving break, including loads of turkey and all the fixins’. For the rest of the world, I hope you’ve been enjoying(?) Black Friday, which is somehow now a thing, despite the fact most of us just went about our days normally.
In blog news, I posted something new about how I spent my last day in London on a DIY craft beer tour. All part of my ongoing quest to clear the draft queue on the blog. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
It was a slow news week in travel because of the American holiday, but a few noteworthy things happened:
- Barcelona levied €600,000 fines (each!) against AirBNB and Homeaway for renting to tourists without a licence. This is in keeping with the mayor’s promise to manage the impact of tourism in neighbourhoods like the Barceloneta, which have seen local residents displaced by tourist apartment rentals.
- Outgoing US President Barack Obama did an interview with Lonely Planet and, after traveling 1 million miles during his presidency, remains hopeful for the future.
- The US State Department has issued a travel warning for Europe, urging caution to those attending holiday festivals, markets, and any events with large gatherings of people.
- Lufthansa has cancelled over 2,600 flights (and counting!) after a strike by pilots entered its fourth day.
- Some stuffed animal stranded travelers at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport may get closer to going home after being featured on the airport’s Facebook page.
- Reminder: most travelers to Canada must acquire the much-bungled electronic travel authorization (eTA) before arriving. If it’s any consolation, our currency is in the toilet, so it’s a steal at CAD$7.
- Since air travel is awful these days, everyone must work extra hard to maintain peace of mind. Here’s a quick in-flight exercise you can do to maintain mindfulness, and just get through it with your sanity intact.
- Please enjoy this list of the world’s rudest place names.
- A man’s collection of 12,000 road maps tells the story how places change over time.
- If you’ve gone traveling for an extended period of time, here are some tips for accounting for that time on your résumé or CV.
- From grand hotels to micros, here’s how hotel stays have changed in 200 years.
Buy all the things for your travels!
- Mystery trips are the latest thing for people who hate/are too busy to plan.
- I don’t get paid to plug these guys, but I think this travel scarf with a hidden zipped pocket is a really cool idea, particularly for first time or long-term travelers heading overseas.
- This long list of gift ideas includes things all travelers will love and is broken into categories like electronics, clothing, and things for the home.
- This list of gift suggestions includes a twisty “infinity pillow” for sleeping in weird places.
- In case you’re wondering, I don’t need anything, just send money – USD or euros – I’m not particular.
Planning your next trip
- National Geographic Traveler is getting new year fever with its own list of top travel destinations for 2017. It includes fun facts, best times to travel, and tips for maximizing your enjoyment of places like Malta, Moscow, Marrakech, and Banff, Canada.
- For celebrating the holidays, nothing beats Christmas in New York City. This list reminded me of my own trip to NYC before Christmas, and how it made me feel festive beyond my wildest expectations.
- I love pop culture travel and this group of suggestions covering Harry Potter, Gilmore Girls, and the Walking Dead is a great place to get started.
- If, like me, you also love visiting spots called “the end of the world,” this trip to Lisbon and the Algarve in Portugal is for you.
- London has always been a hotspot for espionage. If you’re a fan of 20th century spooks, check out these London locations where all sorts of undercover activities took place.
Packing lists and
- I’m sharing this “Six Things You Should Always Pack” list only because it includes one of my top suggestions: good raingear.
- Everything packing-related is presently focused on Christmas gift ideas – get on it!
Zipping the suitcase
The holiday season is upon us, so I’ll more gift ideas for you next week. 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 here on http://bitesizedtravel.ca. See you next week!