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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?

Nifty finds


 Planning your next trip


Packing lists and tips


Zipping the suitcase

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