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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
- The TSA found a record number of handguns in carry-on bags last year. Which part of this 15-year-old rule is difficult for you, America?
- JetBlue will provide gate-to-gate free wifi on its planes, with Amazon in-flight streaming and shopping options. So, which airline will raise the stakes next with, oh, I dunno, a free bit of food in-flight?
- NYT has picked up on increase in smaller airports getting more international flights. I’m a direct beneficiary of this, as I can now fly to Europe from Halifax and St. John’s airports on the East Coast instead of having to backtrack half-way across Canada (a ridiculously big country) to fly out of Toronto or Montreal.
- Wowza, Iceland welcomed 1.7 million tourists in 2016 (including me). That’s about five times the population.
- The premier of Manitoba, Brian Pallister, is getting heat for his plan to work up to two months a year from his home in Costa Rica. The political optics of this, of course, are terrible, but, at the same time, you gotta admit Costa Rica sounds more appealing than Winnipeg in the winter.
- If you’re planning to visit Canada during Canada 150 celebrations, learn all about how and why Canadians say “eh.” LEARN OUR SECRET CODE.
- The six highlights of flight attendants’ collective wisdom is … helpful. Like the secret code used to tell you to pound sand. If you’re familiar with Reddit, here’s the full thread.
- If you live in a city with a hot real estate market, you might be able to sympathize with these millennials, who decided to rent instead of buy, invest like mad, and subsequently retired on their savings at age 31 to travel the world. Kids today!
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
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