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Hello! Winter + news + more news = who’s ready to plan some getaways? I’m deep into London and Edinburgh planning, so I’d love to hear about your favourite sights, restaurants and craft beer or whisky stops.
The Packing List is taking a break next week while I’m on my annual birthday pilgrimage to New York City. You can follow my day-by-day activities on Instagram for photos of cityscapes, beer, and the line outside of Hamilton. There’s also this map of New York by Instagram hashtag. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- As of this writing, nine people have been rescued from a hotel in Italy that was covered by an avalanche triggered by earthquakes. The hopeful task of locating more survivors continues through the weekend.
- Reminder: if you’re attempting to enter a country to protest its administration, they don’t have to let you in.
- The Canadian government has modified the travel advice for Mexico, following shootings in tourist areas.
- The Passport Power Index is out for 2017 and Germany tops the list again for visa-free travel to the largest number of countries. The US and UK share third place with a group of EU countries, and Canada rolls in at fifth with our mates from Ireland and New Zealand, with Australia nestled right behind us at sixth.
- With “basic economy” fares taking off in the US, will Canada be next? UGH.
- Related: why don’t Canadian airlines just enforce the baggage size restrictions they already claim to have? Join me later this week at the Halifax airport to hear this rant in person.
- Travelers on Norwegian Cruise Lines will be able to bid on upgrades to unsold rooms, starting in February.
- British media wonder: are the British the world’s jerk tourists?
- Everyone you hate on an airplane, ranked!
- Stop what you’re doing and watch Shemika Charles, Limbo Queen and current holder of the Guinness World Record, crush an airport layover by limboing under a row of seats at the gate (some NSFW language).
- Bookmark this post about US airports with the fastest wifi.
- Both times I’ve been to see Saturday Night Live, my favourite thing was the well-orchestrated organized chaos of set transitions in-between sketches. See for yourself (video only accessible in the United States)!
- Legendary travel guide author Arthur Frommer celebrated his 60th anniversary in the business this week, and shares the story of how his guide for GIs in Europe became an empire.
Planning your next trip
- Canadian treasure Mike Meyers picks his favourite places to visit in Canada during our 150th anniversary celebrations.
- American treasure Neil Patrick Harris talks about his love of Vancouver and Canada’s West Coast, an opinion I share with great enthusiam.
- Regarding the bad behaviour of British tourists above, check out these places in Spain where you aren’t likely to find them. Three cheers for Galicia!
- Places being ruined by unrestrained tourism, *cough* Venice, and how to enjoy them anyway, or find an alternative.
- Some brave person not afraid of robots taking over tested out travel planning by chatbot.
- If the movie La La Land has inspired you to travel to LA, check out the film’s locations while you’re there. (Do not get out of your car while in traffic to dance on the freeway)
- According to a bunch of random people, be strategic to travel cheaply.
Packing lists and tips
- The internet is shockingly light on packing tips this week, so I’m going back to the well and will point you to an old post of mine that includes what I take for a long winter weekend in New York. Waterproof boots!
- Rick Steves discusses the pros and cons of every kind of travel bag for carry-on travel.
- Obvs, check the carry-on guidelines for all of your airlines when you travel. Do not be the person I will rant about when we get on the plane.
Zipping the suitcase
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