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Hello! I’ve had a delightful week of exploring castle-themed day trips in Scotland. Let me tell you, Scottish Twitter is very helpful and very proud of their land and now I wish my upcoming trip was twice as long. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- The biggest travel news this week is the decision by the United States and United Kingdom to ban an inconsistent list of digital devices from an inconsistent list of airlines.
- Passengers will have to check in any electronic devices bigger than a smartphone. That includes laptops, cameras, gaming devices and tablets such as iPads. UK-bound passengers get to keep their cameras.
- Emirates is the first airline to announce a new laptop handling service.
- In case you missed it, Royal Jordanian Airlines, identified in both bans, is EN FUEGO on Twitter about it.
- Jokes aside, there are real-life implications of the electronics ban, especially for people like photographers, business travelers, and parents who need to entertain children for 14 hours. There will also be MANY stolen computers, tablets, camera equipment, and more.
- My spidey sense tells me this electronics ban is about more than security. Banning electronic devices on foreign carriers impacts those airlines aggressively expanding into US airlines’ territory. Stay tuned.
- Cruise lines are deleting Acapulco from their itineraries due to increased crime and “security concerns.”
- AirBNB is moving fast in China, changing its name and doing all kinds of things to develop its business there.
- Stop trying to sneak your [bleep][bleep]ing snakes on the [bleep][bleep]ing plane!
- This week in US travel discrimination news:
- Travelers to the US who require a visa, whether for business or tourism, will be subject to even more scrutiny, as “extreme vetting” gets underway.
- The US Travel Association has finally spoken out in reaction to enhanced visa checks, “Uh, please sir, could you maybe, uh, [blah blah more benign blandess].”
- Canada’s largest school board won’t approve new school trips to the United States and will cancel trips altogether if they encounter students being turned away at the border on already-booked trips.
- Read this first-person account of what it’s like to be detained while trying to enter the United States as a Canadian law student who also happens to be of Pakistani origin.
- You’ve gotten home from your trip to discover you’ve taken 4,000 pictures [Who me? I’ve never done this every single time I go anywhere]. What next? Start with this guide to refining, editing, and whittling down your digital memories.
- The hashtag you need in your life: #dogsonplanes.
Planning your next trip
- Add these lost cities and ruins to your must-see list.
- Check out these budget hotels in Reykjavik so you can save your krona for more Icelandic adventures.
- A charter flight around the Antarctic Circle may yield a most delightful sight: the Aurora Australis.
Packing lists and tips
- Maybe you’ve spent so much time planning that you just realized it was time to leave for the airport? Use this strategy to pack everything you need for a trip in 30 minutes flat.
- Climbing Kili? Here’s everything you need for a trek up Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro.
- The unique packing challenges of solo travel. Co-sign.
Zipping the suitcase
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