The Packing List #37 – December 11, 2016 – Ending 2016 With Phone Calls On Planes

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Hello! Who’s ready for the holidays? Okay, no? Who’s ready for a break? Yes! I had a busy week on the blog, with a post about my favourite holiday gift ideas for travelers, as well as a tale of how my craft beer tour of Vancouver ended in a tiki bar. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!

Travel news you can use


Nifty finds

Planning your next trip

  • This Irish travel writer found out my greatest travel tip of all: go to NYC in January and February for a lower cost/fewer tourist adventure of a lifetime.
  • Want to get from Point A to Point B with the smallest number of connections? Try going through one of these airports with a high “connectivity index.”
  • Renowned traveler Rick Steves writes about the importance of picking up a little bit of the local language when you travel, despite his own admitted hopelessness in speaking other languages. “Vaulting over that pesky language barrier is always worth the leap.”
  • Great, once you’ve decided to learn some of the local language, follow this guy’s advice and actually talk to people, instead of translating everything with your phone.
  • If long walks like the Camino de Santiago, hikes, or any other long-distance trekking is in your travel plans for next year, start getting ready now. Walking a lot every day requires a fair amount of physical preparation and these tips form part of a great training program.
  • Visiting Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice was a highlight of the trip, here’s handy guide to the best bookshops in the US to add to your travels.

Packing lists and tips

Zipping the suitcase

So, are you planning your 2017 travel? Can you tell I’m ready to pack my bag and go right now? Tell me what you think about the newsletter by sending a message directly to Find out more about where I travel here on See you next week!

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