The Packing List #68 – August 27, 2017 – Eclipse!

Hello! We’re on the home stretch of summer, friends. Kids are already back at school in some places. Cars are getting loaded up for one last hurrah, and plans for one last long weekend are getting firmed up. What did you do on your summer vacation? Whatever it was, I hope you had a great time. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!

Travel news you can use

  • As of this writing, Hurricane Harvey is working its way across southern Texas, with its path to be determined. Travel in and out of the region will be affected for days.
  • The terrorist attack in Barcelona had a bigger target: Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família.
  • Starting August 31, Canadians getting passports will have a third gender option: X or “unspecified.”
  • It’s puffling season in Eastern Newfoundland (and Iceland!), so puffin patrols are out in force, looking for baby birds who’ve lost their way, sending them back to sea by flinging them into the air.
  • S-Trip, a travel company that takes teens on drinking holidays to sun destinations (masquerading as high school graduation trips), calls staff “volunteers” and pays them an honorarium of $150-300 per trip to keep your 17yo inexperienced drinker from dying in Cuba.
  • This week’s total solar eclipse, cutting across a decent amount of the United States, was good for business in towns along the “path of totality.” Planning for visitors paid off, and a visitor record was set at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Nifty finds

 Planning your next trip

Packing lists and tips

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