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Hello! ‘Tis the season for packing, holiday travel, and last-minute gift purchases. If you’re traveling with children over the holidays, take a gander through these tips for mastering holiday travel with a baby, written by a friend of mine who learned a lot with her own new arrival.
The Packing List is taking a break over the holidays and will return on January 8, 2017. Thank you for reading The Packing List, have a terrific holiday, and I’ll see you next year!
Travel news you can use
- Holiday travel is upon us: don’t wrap gifts going in checked OR carry on luggage, wear layers, stay hydrated, breathe deeply. More tips from Canada’s CATSA airport screening agency to get through airports.
- Travelers to and through the United Kingdom: staff at 18 UK airports could deliver a lump of coal on 23 December. Baggage handlers, check-in staff, and cargo crew are currently planning a 48-hour labour disruption. Furthermore, British Airways cabin crew based at London’s Heathrow Airport are currently set to strike on Christmas and Boxing Days.
- Pitbull, the rapper not the dog, is at the centre of a political storm after he received $1 million to write and perform “Sexy Beaches” for Florida’s tourism promotion agency. Don’t worry, he’s fine, but the knives are out for the head of the agency.
- American Airlines has been fined $1.6 million by the US Department of Transportation for keeping passengers on the tarmac during excessive weather-related delays. Good.
- Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower has been closed to visitors since December 13 (as of this writing) after a strike by Tower workers.
- Traveling Instagrammers, take note: do not have your travels supported by a cocaine smuggling syndicate. One of the three Canadians charged with importing cocaine into Australia on a cruise ship, while Instagramming her, like, totally awesome adventure, has plead guilty.
- We’re ending 2016 on a high note or else. A baby goat whose flight to her new home was cancelled got to ride in style from my hometown airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
|Apologies in advance if geoblocking prevents readers from outside of Canada from enjoying this video from This Hour Has 22 Minutes. It captures the absurdity of airline fee collusion and the brutal telephone trees typical of the industry.|
- I’ve always known Mummering to be a big part of Christmas in Newfoundland and Labrador. I had no idea it was technically banned. Any Newfoundlanders want to weigh in?
- A 16-day road trip from Kenya to South Africa sounds awesome to me, having been on my own cross-country Swaziland and South African road trip in 2012. This tale covers thousands of miles, six countries, wild animals, and the “nuances” of dealing with police across the continent.
- A collection of terrific vintage travel posters depicting European ski destinations is set for auction, and expected to go for £500,000.
Planning your next trip
- NYC tourists will eat anywhere they think is culturally important, and I feel like this recent Vanity Fair review of Trump Grill(e) is only going to encourage more people to visit to (a) prove Graydon Carter wrong, or (b) experience it firsthand.
- I love this list of NYC suggestions from The Guardian’s New York correspondent, because it includes things in Manhattan with which I’m vaguely familiar, like Jimmy’s, but have yet to experience. Get on it!
- For visitors, buying train tickets in the UK is a mystery-filled undertaking. Beat the convoluted system with this travel writer’s own convoluted system.
- If your 2017 travel plans involve hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, get your permit NOW. Other popular locations start to book up this time of year, too, find out if your destination is on the list.
Packing lists and tips
- If 2016 has left you wondering if you should be better prepared for 2017, be sure to have some of these 11 items that expert survivalists always have on hand.
- Make 2017 the year you take less stuff everywhere. I found this ultralight packing resource full of good tips (and reminders) for making my next trip a little lighter.
- The Toronto Star’s regular feature about travel things to buy has some pricey backpacks and a nifty collapsible silicone water bottle. The Amazon link is a dud, but I found the product site and now I want one.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about where I travel here on http://bitesizedtravel.ca. See you next week!