Hello! September has arrived! There’s a distinct chill in the air, which means the summer is over for most of us. For me, it means the countdown has started for my next big adventure, the Caminho Portugues. This will be my second Camino, but my first visit to Portugal, so I’m excited to get packed and get going. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- Operations are slowly resuming at Houston’s airports, following Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that followed.
- If you recall Packing List #65, two Air Transat flights from Europe to Montreal were diverted to Ottawa, and subsequently left on the tarmac for many hours without service. This week, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) had public hearings into the shenanigans and everyone had their say. Passengers blamed the airline, the pilots blamed bad information, the airport blamed the airline, everyone is mad.
- So, now what? Since Canada’s Air Passenger Bill of Rights remains fictitious, the CTA is limited in what it can do to Air Transat. I guarantee passengers seeking remedy or compensation will be disappointed.
- Starting October 1, AirBNB will begin remitting a 3.5% tax to the Province of Quebec for all listings in the province. The monies will be directed to tourism offices in La Belle Province.
- The new season of “Canadian tourists learning the hard way in Caribbean countries” is starting with a bang. In this episode, our hero broke a television in his Cuban hotel room and discovered all kinds of expensive small print with his trip booking after the fact.
- While it may be hard to believe sidewalk-based “love lock” vendors could be dodgy, it’s true. This guy was photographed re-selling love locks in Paris at the informal memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales. At £9 a pop, it’s a rather brilliant, but lazy, scam.
- You will soon be able to pay EasyJet £4 to check your hand luggage as “priority” baggage and go “hands free.” None of this makes any dang sense, but it’s your money.
- The Pittsburgh airport is launching a program to let non-traveler$ pa$$ go into the amenity-rich part of the airport pa$t $ecurity and properly $ay goodbye to their loved one$$$$$. myPITpass will require ID, check-in (and travelers will be vetted against security checklists), and security screening.
- When an email scammer asked for his passport, journalist Josh Billinson took the bait and sent a photo of Jason Bourne’s passport. And things went from there.
- AirBNB with the aristocracy? Titled people with expensive castles in Ireland and the United Kingdom are renting out rooms in their stately homes to pay for the upkeep.
- The Oatmeal nails it with his proposal for how airplanes should be laid out.
Planning your next trip
- According to a survey by The Irish Times, Giant’s Causeway and the Mona Lisa are among the worst tourist destinations in the world.
- Everything else I saw this week is fall getaway planning, but I’m not ready to look at changing autumnal leaves yet.
Packing lists and tips
- The Washington Post says that backpacks are making a comeback. This is news to me, as I’ve been traveling almost exclusively with one for about 10 years.
- A few weeks ago, we learned of a hero with his face printed on his luggage. Great news, now I have a source. UK-based Firebox will print your face on a luggage cover for your rolling suitcase.
- I checked out the process and it’s easy and (relatively) affordable. 3 sizes, ranging in price from £19.99 to £29.99.
- Upload a photo and you’re good to go. I tried it out and got a preview of what I’d look like on luggage.
Zipping the suitcase
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