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Hello! For my 2017 travel, I’ve been trying to stock up on currency bit-by-bit, but the Canadian dollar is presently being brutalized in the financial markets, with both the pound and euro rising about 10 cents against the poor loonie in the last month. Please send your favourite cheap eats in Edinburgh, London, and Portugal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, I may starve. But probably won’t. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- Rusty, a very good boy who worked as a detector dog at the Calgary airport, has retired after 10 years of sniffer dog service. Good dogs Chloe and Jagger also retired from Toronto’s Pearson Airport.
- The chief executives of the US’ major airlines appeared before the House of Representatives transportation committee regarding customer service SNAFUs. It didn’t go particularly well for the airlines, who were told in no uncertain terms to shape up or else. (But they probably won’t shape up and there will be no consequences.)
- Politicians are very frequent travelers, so the committee complained a lot about their own misadventures.
- Delta Airlines eventually apologized to a family it threatened to throw off a plane and send to jail after a seating dispute.
- American Airlines is cutting more leg room out of economy because they hate you.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger was in Paris recently, and had a lovely time biking around the city and taking pictures with people.
- A passenger on Japanese airline ANA ordered a gluten-free meal on his nine-hour flight and got a single banana served with cutlery, salt, and pepper.
- LA’s hottest club is the new private celebrity terminal at LAX, where membership starts at $7,500/year at includes private washrooms, private screening, and add-ons like massages, hair and makeup.
- Runway construction at Toronto’s Pearson airport – already the seventh circle of hell in Canadian travel – has significantly impacted flights. Major airlines didn’t adjust their capacities (gotta make that cheddar) and people were missing flights all over the place. Westjet sent an email apology to everyone on its mailing list at 2:30am on a Saturday morning. Air Canada presumably gave passengers expired bus tickets to their destinations.
- Royal Jordanian Airlines made a profoundly moving anti-discrimination ad and I can’t stop thinking about it.
- Geraldine DeRuiter is a wonderful traveler, blogger, and travel blogger who I came to know when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour and wrote a series of compelling and hilarious posts about it. Now she has memoir out about her life in travel and I’m looking forward to reading it. (This isn’t #sponcon, I just really like her writing.)
- Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings is a smart fella and a funny fella.
Planning your next trip
- If you like to cross travel plans with literary interests, and are coming to visit me in Halifax, Canada, check out this literary tour of my city.
- Canada is introducing an e-declaration app to speed up international airport arrivals. Download the app on your phone (iOS/Android/BB), and fill in your arrival info in airplane mode. It’s in beta right now, and only available for arrivals at Vancouver and Ottawa, with Toronto coming on board soon.
- Rick Steves is a great resource, particularly for less-experienced travelers, and he offers an easy process for planning a great trip to Europe.
Packing lists and tips
- What do pro athletes pack? Extra everything!
- People tell they could never travel carry-on only because of their toiletries. Here’s a full-on strategy for paring down your products.
Zipping the suitcase
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