The Packing List #65 – August 6, 2017 – Seven Welsh priests

Hello! My part of Canada had a major mobile phone outage this week – a whole *four* hours. It’s inspired me to disconnect a little more during the remainder of summer. It’s a long weekend here, which means I’ll be cooking food over fire, learning Portuguese, and trying to finish several books. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!

Travel news you can use

Nifty finds

  • US veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are trekking, hiking, paddling, and cycling across America to deal with their post-traumatic stress disorders. As a person who walks long distances for the mental health benefits, I read this article and couldn’t stop thinking about it.
  • One writer’s plea to fellow Americans: stop saying you’re from Canada. For what it’s worth, I have a test for this: pronounce the letter Z.
  • A group of Welsh priests was thrown out of a Cardiff pub when they were mistaken for a stag party. The error was corrected and the priests were promptly welcomed back. Now, Brains, the pub chain, is renaming one of their ales to celebrate their friendship: Thirsty Priests. This is not expressly travel-related, but I’ve laughed about it all week.

 Planning your next trip

  • Here’s one for the data geeks: the “unusually popular” travel destinationsfor each state in the United States.
  • I made my annual check-in on the rules and options for a Round-the-World airline ticket. I’ve been noodling how and when to do this kind of trip: possibly departing one end of Canada, going around, returning at the other end of Canada, then taking the train across the country.
  • In the course of writing this newsletter, I set up a new savings account to save for this trip and a spreadsheet for a budget. On paper, I can retire in 10 years, so if I save $50 bi-weekly until then, the trip is largely funded.

Packing lists and tips

  • Help! I’m looking for a small travel soap case that will hold half a bar of soap. This item doesn’t seem to exist and I can’t find a suitable thing to repurpose. If you have ideas, please let me know at!
  • We are in peak summer travel season, so here are some tips for families packing light or carry-on only.
  • My friend Rhia is preparing for vacation, and did an amazing job of getting her family of four packed – Marie Kondo-style. This is their bag for 10 days:

  • I talked about Marie Kondo packing tips back in May. If you are inspired to follow Rhia’s lead, check out the tips.

Zipping the suitcase

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