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Hello! I usually write this newsletter on Saturday morning, which was especially difficult this week because it was also April 1, April Fool’s Day, and the internet was trying to trick me more than usual. Anyhoo, so let’s go somewhere fun and start planning that trip right now. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- Finally, the chaos of Brexit is here to provide sweet relief from the chaos of the United States. The UK is already outside of the currency union and manages its own border control, but the UK is in an aviation union with the EU, which means airlines flying between UK and the EU, including low-cost carriers, will be impacted by the UK’s departure from that union.
- Here’s a great summary of the impacts of Brexit for British travelers. Upside: you may have access to duty-free hooch again!
- The United Airlines leggings flap was NOT about policing women’s and girls’ clothing. It was about the travel privileges for “pass riders,” airline employees and their families who travel on deeply-discounted fares that come with rules, including a dress code, because they’re traveling as representatives of the company.
- A young Dutch man got a great deal on a flight to Sydney, so he bought it without a second thought. Turns out, he was heading for Sydney, Nova Scotia, not Sydney, Australia. This happens more than it should.
- Canada’s slow and expensive passenger rail service has been overwhelmed by The Youths, clamouring for deeply-discounted $150 unlimited rail passes as part of Canada 150 celebrations.
- A Toronto AirBNB host returned home to discover his apartment had been cleaned out of valuables, including identity documents. And a valuable lesson has been learned about what you leave in your AirBNB rental.
- There’s something very funny about the AirBNB host illegally renting her Trump Tower apartment being fined a paltry $1,000.
- This week in US travel discrimination news:
- The ban on Travel Ban 2.0 has been upheld, for now.
- Fallout from the electronics ban continues: the CEO of the International Air Transport Association criticizes the ban as ineffective.
- Canada is still on the fence whether to introduce its own electronics ban.
- Qatar, Emirates, and Etihad Airlines are working double-time to workaround the ban with free loaners on board and special handling.
- Now this: A White House budget proposal will increase the 9/11 Security Fee built into most airfares.
- I’m not the biggest amusement park fan, but I’d definitely go to Disney with Tina Fey.
- If you’d like to live out a Grand Budapest Hotel fantasy atop the Italian Alps, I have news. A grand hotel sits abandoned, waiting for you.
- What’s the best second language for English speakers? 1. Mandarin. 2. Spanish. Here’s why.
Planning your next trip
- Traveling internationally for the first time can be daunting. Here are some great tips to get you through the process, step-by-step.
- Take note of what to buy at some of the world’s most interesting spice markets.
- Bookmark these tips for surviving a long-haul flight in economy class.
- Someone who is not me got paid to write up a long weekend plan in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I live.
Packing lists and tips
- This couple has been traveling from their New Zealand base for 10 years and give some tips for packing in a lot of adventure, while NOT packing very much at all.
- Question: how sturdy of a rainjacket do I need for June in Scotland? Please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Zipping the suitcase
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