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Hello! In these troubled times, having an escape is almost as good as escaping. I’ve been enjoying some fiction set in far away places and part of the fun is figuring out how the characters are getting from place to place. I’ve concluded I can afford the books, but I cannot afford last-minute flights from Hong Kong to Singapore. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- Attendance is down at 13 of 14 Disney parks worldwide in 2016, but they increased prices, so the Mouse is going to be fine.
- Some visa applicants to the United States will soon face five years of social media checks. Do you remember everything you tweeted five years ago? I’m sure it’s fine.
- For now, the US has held off on a laptop ban for flights from the EU. I feel like there’s a 50% chance that will change after I click send.
- After last weekend’s IT meltdown, British Airways faces a passenger compensation bill of over £100 million (or 10 kajillion Canadian dollars).
- Newfoundland and Labrador is hoping for a tourism boost following the success of Come From Away, the Tony-nominated Broadway musical about thousands of air passengers diverted to Gander, NL on 9/11.
- Americans: if you want to go to Cuba, get on it, before your president rolls back travel policy improvements made during the Obama era.
- The AirBNB crackdown in Barcelona has begun in earnest. The city has doubled the number of inspectors to find illegal tourist apartment rentals.
- The Santa Croce basilica in Florence – final resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli – has started hosing down the steps at lunchtime to discourage littering tourists.
- Science says you should travel internationally for a more creative brain. LISTEN TO SCIENCE.
- The facts about travel “journalism” are simple: the industry runs on money/airfare/hotels in exchange for coverage. This goes double or triple for travel bloggers and Instagram travel influencers. A recent episode of the Canadaland podcast discusses travel journalism’s “dirty little secret:” everyone’s gotta get paid. Except me, I promise I make zero dollars writing this newsletter.
- A young woman improved her cache of travel photos featuring her ex by replacing the jerk with Zac Efron.
Planning your next trip
- Meet a traveler delivering some #sponcon about traveling to Canada during the Canada 150 celebrations: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
- Gaudi fans heading to Barcelona to check out the Sagrada Familia and other famous structures, I have great news. Casa Vicens, a private home designed by Gaudi, previously closed to the public, will be opening this September.
- Summer visitors to Paris hoping to visit the famous Paris Plages summer beaches will have a new option: swimming in the canal at Bassin de la Villette, near Canal St-Martin.
Packing lists and tips
- Plug adapters. Which ones do you need? Are you sure? A new Kickstarter offers a simple, compact all-in-one plug adapter that will cover you just about everywhere.
- Long term travel x light packing = ? What one woman learned by living out of a suitcase for six months.
Zipping the suitcase
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