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Hello! The travel world is still in flux, due in large part to the regularly-changing situation on the ground in the United States. Sooo, thing have likely changed between the time I wrote this and the time you are reading it. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- CBC’s Marketplace investigates binge-drinking and other questionable behaviour on high-school-teen-oriented Spring Break trips. I’m from a different generation, so I can’t fathom how obsessive helicopter parents are letting their teenager babies – who barely walk to school alone – go on “supervised” Spring Break and grad trips with a random company. [NSFW language]
- Two NYC landlords flouting new restrictions on advertising short-term rentals on AirBNB have been fined many thousands of dollars.
- The City of Paris is building out the security perimeter around its most identifiable landmark, the Eiffel Tower.
- China is going to start fingerprinting arriving visitors, so I’m sure everything is on the up-and-up there.
- New York’s LaGuardia Airport is under a ton of construction right now and on Friday, it hit peak poo-storm. There was so much traffic approaching LGA, it ground to a halt, and people got out of their cars and started walking toward the terminal, suitcases in tow.
- This week in US travel discrimination news:
- The travel industry is worried the travel ban sends the “wrong message.”
- As of this writing, the Executive Order restricting travel (but being applied liberally to anyone fitting a certain demographic profile) has bee suspended. The US State Department’s website has the most current info, but they probably don’t know what’s going on, either.
- The order’s intent, however, remains in effect. Canadian citizens are being denied entry to the United States because they’re Muslim, including a 19-year old track and field athlete traveling with his team and a valid passport to a meet in Boston. He’s the fifth Canadian person of Moroccan ancestry who’s been denied entry this week. Reminder: Morocco isn’t on the list of countries the US government is trying to ban.
- The head of Homeland Security says the US may start requesting social media passwords, and denying entry to those who don’t comply. Fun!
- Finally, the ACLU reports the TSA knows its $1.5 billion behaviour detection/racial profiling program doesn’t work.
- Gosh, travel sounds like a grim undertaking, doesn’t it?
- Florida passed a bill that will eliminate funding for Visit Florida and it’s all Pitbull’s fault. Feels good to laugh again?
- How to get compensation from an airline when they don’t have to offer you anything for your inconvenience.
- The Youths are somehow responsible for America’s “vacation problem.” The “vacation problem” is not a thing, just an excuse for everyone to be “OOOH, SOOOO BUSSSYYYY.”
- Flight attendants are on the front line of the fight against human trafficking. Check out the unique program that trains FAs to identify trafficking.
Planning your next trip
- Go have a great weekend in New Orleans literally any time other than Mardi Gras.
- Travel apps you’ll use, I promise!
- The NY Times spent some time exploring Leonard Cohen’s Montreal, which consists of the Little Portugal part of The Plateau, my favourite part of the city. I can’t believe they didn’t go to Romados for some legendary Portuguese-style chicken.
- What’s it like to travel in the seven countries banned from the United States? You may be surprised… (or not, if you’ve traveled literally anywhere).
Packing lists and tips
- Literally everything you could ever want to know about packing cubes. Trust me, use them.
- Theft from luggage is a crime of opportunity and a luggage lock isn’t a security guarantee. This piece links to a video that provides tips for your greatest advantage – buying time. FWIW, I use zipties on my backpack for the same reason.
- Pack “outfit rolls” for your kids, so you can dress them quickly, or they can dress themselves with a minimum of drama*. (*Not guaranteed)
Zipping the suitcase
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