Hello! I’m back! While I was walking through Portugal and Spain on the Camino de Santiago, I had some time (okay, a lot of time) to think about what to do with this newsletter in the future. Over three weeks, I went from winding it down, to moving it to my blog, to where I landed: keeping things as-is with some tinkering.
I look at the weekly stats, and the things readers like best are packing tips, news that affects people’s travel plans, and a bit of fun, so that’s what I’ll do. If there’s something you want to see, please let me know at email@example.com. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
News you can use
- If you’re interested in traveling to the Caribbean this winter, the New York Times is maintaining an island-by-island hurricane cleanup status report, while the AP has collected their own list of Caribbean suggestions.
- AirBNB is building an apartment complex near Disney World in Florida. So, they’re building a hotel.
- Turkey and the United States are presently embroiled in a visa war. US citizens are banned from Turkey and the feeling is mutual. Passengers connecting in Turkey are permitted, but not allowed to leave the airport.
- Ultra low cost carriers (ULCCs) are coming to Canada, and some peopleseem to think this will be good for consumers. Prepare for the onslaught of whiny FB posts about how they nickel and dime you to death while treating you indifferently at best.
- Fact: Canada is a large, mostly empty country and it’s always going to be expensive to travel by air. Whether you pay up front for it or not.
- A British MP got some attention this week for ranting at length about not paying in advance for carry-on bags on WOW Air, an Icelandic ULCC.
- Bookmark these tips for minimizing grief on your ULCC flight.
- Amsterdam is tackling overtourism by going hard for … Nutella shops. Actually, the city is trying to limit tourist-targeting businesses in the central part of the city to keep it livable for its residents.
- Portugal just won a World Travel Award for being the leading European destination and I couldn’t agree more. What I saw of the country is beautiful, the people are wonderful, and the food is amazing.
- For the first time in decades, the top levels of Rome’s Colosseum will be open to visitors (who purchase a guided tour).
Packing lists and tips
- I just published my packing list for the Camino de Santiago Portuguese route. You know I love packing lists, but I’m way more interested in how/if things were used, and what would be useful in the future. That’s what I’ve tried to do with this post and I hope you find it helpful, whether you’re walking a Camino or not.
- Martha Stewart is an admitted over-packer (see Packing List #25 – Martha Stewart’s Luggage). Being Martha, however, the extent of her overpacking is almost majestic. Here’s an amuse-bouche: she takes three iPads, one each for books, television shows, and movies.
- How to fit a whole outfit into a pair of socks.
Armchair travel & inspiration
- Roving retirement is the new dream. For me, anyway. I wrote about how I intend to finance the logistics for this plan in Packing List #65 – Seven Welsh Priests.
- If that’s too boring for you, there’s always the option of stealing an identity and becoming a cruise ship captain. Please skip the murder. DO NOT MURDER ANYONE. Or steal anything. This idea is terrible.
- If you’re going on your first cruise, a veteran of 300 cruises provides their top tips.
- I flew to Portugal through São Miguel in the Azores and now I’m obsessed with going back and spending some time there. It seems São Jorge, also in the Azores, has very good cheese. Sign me up.
- The Yves Saint Laurent Museum has opened in Marrakech, Morocco. I visited Majorelle Gardens there, his former home, and would recommend adding both stops to your Marrakech adventure. Beautiful doesn’t begin to describe it.
Zipping the suitcase
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