Issue #36 - December 18-24, 2021 View online
Mark Stachiew Travels Friday Five

Welcome to this Christmas Eve edition of the Friday Five, a quick collection of the most interesting travel stories that I shared this week on Mark Stachiew Travels. Omicron is still on everyone's mind as we rush towards the holidays so that topic dominates the headlines, but there's also fun links to Canadian winter festivals and a unique story about stolen airline spoons!

'High risk' that border rules may change abroad, stranding Canadians

Amidst rumours that Canada may further tighten travel restrictions, the country's transport minister warns there's a ‘high risk’ other countries could change their own border rules in coming days and weeks which could stand Canadians abroad. (Global News)

Omicron and holiday travel: how to strategize

Even as Omicron surges, the seasonal travel rush seems unstoppable, but there are steps you can take to travel more responsibly and mitigate the health risks for yourself — and others. (New York Times)

5 winter festivals in Canada to kick off your year

I'm happy to have contributed to this list of 5 winter festivals in Canada for Canadian Geographic Travel. I'm just hoping that these events aren't going to get cancelled because of Omicron! (Canadian Geographic)

Federal travel advisory voids insurance for some would-be travellers

In this COVID era, travel insurance is not an option, but the recent federal travel advisory voids policies for some Canadian travellers so be sure to read the fine print. (CBC News)

A history of aviation as told in stolen spoons

As a long-time purloiner of airline cutlery, I was especially entertained by this mini-history of modern aviation as told in stolen spoons. (Skift)

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Have a great weekend, Merry Christmas and a happy holiday!



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