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Hello! Who’s got two thumbs and just booked the rest of her travel for 2017? THIS GAL. Very excited to report I’m going back to the Iberian Peninsula and exploring Portugal for the first time while walking the Camino de Santiago for the second time on the Portuguese route. What should I be eating and drinking while I’m there? Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- Bring out your teeny, tiny violins and play a woeful tune for poor ol’ United Airlines. This time, it features a wrestling match with check-in staff over a 18th century violin owned by a symphony violinist.
- Air Canada has found a new way to treat passengers terribly: cancelling bookings and not telling them!
- Don’t worry, AC, Ryanair said “Hold my beer.” It seems the notorious budget airline may be deliberately spilling up traveling parties who don’t pay in advance for seat selection.
- In a speech to other airline executives, United Airlines CEO Voldemort/Oscar Munoz told his counterparts they have 15 minutes to communicate and apologize after an incident because of the way these stories spread on social media. The future!
- How does your country fare on the Flight Price Index for 2017? Looking at the average cost/100km, Canada is in the bottom third – not surprising for the second-largest country on Earth, but a drag all the same.
- Sevnica, Slovenia is home to an incredibly specific economic boom: Melania Trump tourism.
- A small plane hit a very large alligator on the runway in Orlando. The gator jumped and hit the wing as the pilot attempted landing, which is a horrifying thing that could only happen in Florida. [Warning: the link includes of photo of the alligator, which was killed in the incident.]
- Canada’s Westjet is capitalizing on months of bad news stories about other airlines and overbooking. This is not paid promotion, I just like how it captures the frustration of being bumped.
- A New York Times reporter spent a week flying across America to experience the cumulative impact of terrible sleep, terrible flights, and the woeful state of air travel for regular people.
- Full-time travel sounds great, but the best and worst parts of travel are amplified. What happens when a full-time traveler starts to re-assess after 10 years on the road? They stop traveling.
- Looking for a unique bachelorette party destination? How about Chernobyl?
- Get to know the top travel scams, featuring the most popular scams in big cities like Paris and Barcelona.
Planning your next trip
- New York’s High Line is a must-see, but the Promenade Plantée in Paris has been around a lot longer. This elevated path in the eastern part of the city offers a walk like no other in the City of Lights. (I’ve done it myself and recommend highly.)
- If that’s not exciting enough, you can zipline from the Eiffel Tower across the Champs de Mars as part of a French Open promotion.
- I really enjoyed this “25 Things I Learned the Hard Way While Traveling” because it’s a bunch of amusing misadventures, and, in the case of South Africa, the exact same thing happened to me.
- Now you can pay for a Carnival Cruise on layaway.
- Someone found out about my favourite place in Morocco: the seaside town of Essaouira.
Packing lists and tips
- Packing light requires a strategy – this one uses steps I use: laying everything out and editing down, and never packing a “maybe” item.
- CATSA, Canada’s airport screening agency has the best, easy-to-understand information about what can go in carry-on and checked luggage. Check it out before you pack your bow and arrow!
- Conduct a “luggage audit” to lighten your load next time.
Zipping the suitcase
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