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Hello! Is it just me or has the pace of 2017 been both super fast and criminally exhausting? In addition to the real world, I’ve been planning two big trips and have run into the problem of too much information, not enough brain to process it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
As expected with The New Normal, things may have changed between the time I wrote this and the time you are reading it, but let’s remain optimistic and hope that’s not the case. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- Interest in US travel is in sharp decline, with one publication predicting a 6.8% decline, catastrophic for the US tourism industry.
- 2016 was a huge year for Canada, we welcomed just under 20 million international visitors (just under 2/3 of our population). For what it’s worth, the biggest year ever was 2002, after travel the US tanked following 9/11.
- Canadians, there is only one way to get your passport, and it’s not through a scammy, poorly designed website. GO HERE.
- This week in US travel discrimination news:
- A new travel ban is coming … (waves hand vaguely)… sometime.
- A popular Welsh schoolteacher with a valid British passport was denied boarding for his flight to the United States while on a school trip with his students. This is just the first of many examples to come. The US refused to give information about why he was denied entry, but you know why.
- In what has to a good news story for the TSA, 11 people walked through an unattended TSA checkpoint at JFK Airport in New York. Everything is fine.
- In a secret report that somehow found its way to the Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security disagrees with the White House about the terrorist threat posed by citizens of the seven Muslim ban countries. Give it a read.
- The Mayor of Paris is not here for the US president and his slight of her city, after he told a story about some made-up rando friend called “Jim” (probably John Barron, who also doesn’t exist) who’s too scared to travel to France now.
- Women travelers: check out Gynopedia for information about where to get reproductive and sexual health care while traveling.
- Airplane etiquette you shouldn’t have to be told, but some do.
- Every travel photo you see on Instagram is a lie. Curated “reality” v. reality.
- A pro traveler’s tips for finding love (or whatever) at the airport. Her tips are fine, but I’ll add: just say nope to anyone in sweatpants or sports jerseys.
Planning your next trip
- Eightydays, a new site still in beta, will suggest a European itinerary for you based on how long you have to spend there. Its functionality is limited for now, but it’s an interesting brainstorming tool.
- What to do if you arrive somewhere before you can get into your accommodation. This happened to me in Iceland, and I went to the Blue Lagoon and then had spicy noodles in Reykjavik – it was a great jetlag eradicator.
- I live in a port city, so I’ve wondered whether cargo ships take other passengers. It seems they do.
- Turns out Americans aren’t flocking to Cuba. Atlas Obscura took a trip there, using the Graham Greene novel “Our Man in Havana” as their guide, and what they found was delightful.
Packing lists and tips
- ‘Tis the season for family trips to warmer places, and Disney World often tops the list. I don’t travel with kids or to Florida, but I found this packing list full of interesting things to make the most of your family Disney adventure.
- This packing list for Newfoundland & Labrador will serve you well for other countries with erratic weather: Iceland, Scotland, any other part of Canada, western Spain…
Zipping the suitcase
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