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Hello! It’s been all travel planning all the time over here this week. I enjoyed the benefits of getting emails for trains, planes, and automobiles (and everything else) for future destinations by jumping on tickets for a spring train trip from Edinburgh to London. It ended up being a fraction of the regular price, saving about 75%. Crazy, right? Also, I’m looking for Edinburgh suggestions, so send your favourite sights, restaurants and craft beer or whisky stops. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!


Travel news you can use


Nifty finds


 Planning your next trip

  • Stuck for ideas? Check out this map of the most popular attraction in each country.
  • Regardless of what you do, focus on these four factors to plan the best, most relaxing and/or enjoyable vacation of your life.
  • The best in travel for Ireland (and further afield), picked by readers of Ireland’s The Independent. Ireland’s the best, if you haven’t been, add it to your list for 2017.
  • Kayak used its search data to provide this list of top destinations for 2017, the cheapest time to fly there, and when you should book your flight. I’m saving this one, since it includes places I’m planning to go in 2017.
  • And here’s The Guardian’s take on 2017 travel, month-by-month, of the best travel values around the world. This list includes my winter favourite, New York City.
  • If all else fails, try inverse travel planning, where you find a deal, then plan the rest of your adventure around it. I do this for about 50% of my travel these days, but the focus is on specific activities, like seeing Hamilton on Broadway or Adele in London.

Packing lists and tips

  • New year, new rules for carry-on bags, especially with the increase in “basic economy.” This NYT tip sheet provides practical advice for planning ahead or getting around the rules. Best advice: measure a bag before you buy it. Many bags tagged “meets carry-on requirements” aren’t.
  • I found a bunch of travel pillow innovations on crowdfunding sites this week. Sleep on the (positively germ-ridden) seat tray with this inflatable, fuzzy block or with this more austere cardboard fold-up model, which packs flat into your laptop bag.
  • Follow this in-flight beauty regime to be fresh and paparazzi-worthy on arrival.
  • Survive minor disasters while traveling by packing these handy problem-solving items. Like duct tape!

Zipping the suitcase

Tell me what you think about the newsletter or forward your Edinburgh travel tips by sending a message directly to bitesizedtravel@gmail.com. Find out more about where I travel here on http://bitesizedtravel.ca. See you next week!


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