The Packing List #42 – February 5, 2017 – US Travel: Now What?

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Hello! Sooo, what’s been going on? The pace of news recently, particularly for travelers, has been a bit… brisk. I’ll be writing about my trip to New York, but I’m still processing everything that happened while I was there. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!

Travel news you can use

  • The biggest travel news continues to be the chaos unleashed at airports around the world following the President’s decision to ban/not ban/exclude/suspend/whatever entry to citizens/dual passport holders/green card holders/travel visa holders/maybe more from seven countries.
    • As of this writing, a US federal judge has suspended the travel ban, but the President is vowing to restore it. So, by the time you read this, the situation will have changed several more times.
    • Canadian dual citizens with Nexus cards, who were born in the seven countries listed on Executive Order barring travel, still do not have clarity whether they can travel into the United States.
    • Major actors in the travel industry – like American Airlines, Expedia, and TripAdvisor – are speaking out about the ban, and the impacts on emerging travel destinations like Iran.
    • The impact on US tourism could be similar to the post-9/11 period, or worse.
    • Looks like the thinkpiece I’ve been drafting about not going to the US (or boycotting travel entirely) isn’t particularly original. Sample 1. Sample 2.
  • For me, the best news about the current travel situation in the US is that I may get to resuscitate my recurring feature about the many organizational failings of the TSA. The TSA is, still, understaffed and now can’t hire new employees due to a federal hiring freeze.
  • Barcelona passed a law to limit visitors to the city by capping the number of tourist accommodations – the growing number of illegal tourist rentals are reducing housing stock for residents.
  • High-speed rail is coming to Morocco, a first for the African continent. I’ve taken the train between Marrakech and Casablanca and it was delightful – get on board!
  • Travel Writer/Python Michael Palin was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards in London this week. In his remarks, he challenged travel writers to do their part to foster understanding among people.

Nifty finds

  • If you’ve ever wondered what 80 falcons taking up the middle section of a plane looks like, today is your day.
  • What are the rules of being a “Tinder Tourist?” Good grief.
  • Expedia has produced a series of time-jumping travel posters that will provide the perfect escape, if you feel the need to close your eyes and pretend you are anywhere else.
  • The European Union has the most traveler-friendly legislation in the world. Travelers are entitled to compensation ranging from minor to impressive for travel delays and lost luggage. As a result, companies have sprung up to help “facilitate” receiving compensation. But, do you need one? Not necessarily.

 Planning your next trip

Packing lists and tips

  • If an Icelandic airline owner can travel carry-on only, so can you. Check his packing essentials when traveling for meetings and leisure.

Zipping the suitcase

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