Hello! Summer is going from strength to strength. We’ve had an almost rain-free July here in eastern Canada, which is great for endless summer fun.
As I hoped, I got a message from an Irish reader and friend who provided an *accurate* Irish translation of the Camino de Santiago’s “Buen Camino!” greeting, following last week’s mangling by me and Google Translate. Here you go, aspiring Irish speakers and trekkers: Go neirì an bother leat.
Here on the blog, I shared some tips and photos from my delightful Scottish detour to Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, and a spectacular ruin these days. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- The United States will ban its citizens from visiting North Korea in the coming weeks.
- The UK pound has had a rough 2017, and news comes this weekend that airport currency sellers are offering €0.88 for £1 is just piling on the misery. Meanwhile, in Canada, we’d take CAD$0.88 for USD$1 in a hot minute, so I’m going to buy some UK pounds instead.
- Travelers heading the United States from Canada will face “enhanced screening measures,” which will be inconvenient to me personally in the near future. This follows news the US has lifted the laptop ban on Saudi Arabia, ending it entirely.
- The UK laptop ban is still in effect, status TBD soon-ish.
- The Mercury News posted a horrifying infographic with control tower audio, showing just *how* close the recent near-miss between an Air Canada flight and four other planes at the San Francisco airport.
- The debate is settled. This is the worst air traveler:
Today, I flew on the set of a nightmare. https://t.co/PNI4KmQvTG—
Jessie Char (@jessiechar) July 19, 2017
- Hotel dogs are very good dogs, so it was not really surprising when Smudge, the hotel dog at Edmonton’s Hotel MacDonald, proved she is a star/very good dog. Smudge just busted up a press conference at the recent Council of the Federation meeting, featuring the leaders of Canada’s provinces and territories.
- A bit of light in these dark times: the “director’s cut” of the new British Airways in-flight safety video:
Planning your next trip
- Before you go to your next destination, read up on the local climate and some official and non-official sources to know what’s up and how to avoid trouble.
- If you’re not familiar with Reddit, it can take a bit of getting used to, but, for my money, the Travel subreddit is one of the best sources around for ideas, inspiration, and practical tips.
- I rarely consider the upside of letting Google constantly monitor where I am, but this article makes the case for using the timeline in Google Maps to track stops while traveling. I’m saving this tip for my upcoming Camino de Santiago.
Packing lists and tips
- Low-cost airlines and plummeting baggage allowances challenge the most nimble carry-on only traveler. When this blogger had to have her bag weigh in at less than 5 kilograms (~11 lb), she made good use of her leather jacket and beat the system.
Zipping the suitcase
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