why do you travel light?

Apr 26th, 2007, 03:09 AM
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<<< It may mean taking a larger suitcase and checking it, (especially so you can have a full array of toiletries). Travelling cheaply was fun in its time, but I've enjoyed moving on to travelling elegantly >>>

Travelling light has NOTHING to do with travelling cheaply - you can still travel expensive if you want

And you can travel light and still be elegant.

All you have done is found a way to travel heavy & expensively.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 03:11 AM
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How about the ultimate in lightweight travel - a wallet full of cash & cards.

You can then travel as expensively and elegantly as you like.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 03:26 AM
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Alanrow -- no need to criticize my post (unless you have no life and nothing better to do).Do you really think your post was helpful to bigtyke, who posed the question? It was not helpful to me since I offered an opinion about the selfishness of travellers who impose themselves and poor aesthetics on their hosts for the sake of their own "comfort."
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Apr 26th, 2007, 03:41 AM
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I just thought that your post made a several incorrect assumptions, principally

a) that travelling light = travelling cheap
b) that travelling elegantly means you can't travel light
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Apr 26th, 2007, 04:15 AM
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Miss A. -- OK, let's suppose you have several huge suitcases full of your entire wardrobe. What if you have horrible taste and no sense of style? Have you still improved the aesthetics?

Quantity does not equal quality.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 05:55 AM
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Miss a: Traveling light has absolutely NOTHING to do w/ fitting in or looking stylish. I once attended a very formal event (in the presence of her Majesty the Queen and all that) - and fit in perfectly -- and I did it out of my 21 inch rollaboard. Long velvet skirt, elegant top, evening shoes, etc. Plus I also had clothes for a week's hiking after the week in London/formal event.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 06:33 AM
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Traveling light has nothing to do with lack of good taste or fashion sense. If anything I am better dressed because I carefully think thru each piece I pack.

"dressing to FIT IN with your hosts" is the craziest suggestion I've read here lately.

and, yes, I do have friends I go to visit in Europe.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 08:52 AM
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I travel light so I can take as much of my gear on the plane as I can. Based on past experience I have to assume that if it is not with me, it may not end up at my destination when it is supposed to.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 08:55 AM
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Obviously, for some reason people attach value judgments to packing choices. I do think it is much easier to pack light, but I certainly acknowledge it isn't the choice for everyone or every situation.
However, I am going to defend my choice to people who assume I am going around looking slovenly. I pack appropriately, and washing out a few items takes about as much time as sorting through a large wardrobe would.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 09:47 AM
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Actually, if sensible choices are made in other areas, traveling light doesn't have to mean skimping on clothes.

On my last trip to Europe, my bag weighed 12-1/2#, 5# under the Lufthansa limit. That was easy to carry with a shoulder strap.

My convertible bag weighs about 3#. If I had a roll-on, I probably would not have been able to carryon.

The clothes in the bag only weighed 6#. Including what I wore on the plane, I had one pair of shoes, a down parka, a warm sweater, 3 pr slacks, 6 shirts, 5 sets of underwear (I don't wear U/W more than once; I wash it out before the next wearing). I think I only wore one shirt more than twice.

However, being 5# under, I could have carried nearly twice as many clothes.

The point is, except for battery chargers, extra batteries, electric shaver, I didn't carry many heavy things. Minimize the heavy things, don't go roll-on, and there will be plenty of weight and space for clothes.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 10:10 AM
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I wouldn't call it light...I pack small. A 24" bag is not that light when there's stairs, going village to village or for a run across an airport terminal. This last trip, I pulled out my 26", not that much more space inside & from the outside it looked HUGE to me, I put it away.

For a long time, I carried on - after my bag never made it out of the departing airport & I had to take a cruise without luggage. (it was never recovered). Now I check my 24" because I know I'll be pulling ot for the rest of the trip.
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I pack light because I can't lift too much!! Seriously, why pack more when you can do with less?
Apr 27th, 2007, 02:13 PM
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My first reason for packing light is the same as Jolie's.

Years ago I arrived at another city for a business meeting, but my luggage didn't. Not making a good first impression was not among my choices and so I had to shop around in a totally unfamiliar city for clothes and shoes that would fit. What a pain!

Over the years, I've learnt to pare down more and more. Travelling light can be such a joy. There's so much less to worry about. It's so much easier to repack and be on the road to the next destination.

Like one other poster above, I've been known to arrive at 4* hotels with just a backpack and maybe a small carryon in hand - yes, t shirts are great!
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Apr 29th, 2007, 05:55 AM
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If I cannot carry it all at one time, I don't bring it. I don't check bags except on the way home and only if it's a must, like bringing an extra bag for shopping etc. I have mailed things home before too which works good for me.
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Apr 29th, 2007, 06:25 AM
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I'm echoing a lot of the other posts, but thought I would throw my two cents in anyway.

We just got back from a trip to Spain, and we tried to travel light because we were traveling to and within different cities by plane, car, metro, but and walking. The less we had to lug around, the easier.

If we're going and only staying in one place (like a cruise or a beach resort), I don't worry so much about packing light.
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Apr 29th, 2007, 07:22 AM
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Apr 29th, 2007, 09:53 AM
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Here's another reason to travel light: depending on where your initial stop will be. If it's in a metropolitan area, not far from the airport, and you are staying put a few days upon arrival, you will have better luck being quickly reunited with your checked bag if it doesn't appear- and you could carry on a change of clothes, etc. to cover yourself (literally!)until your stuff arrives.

I have always traveled with only a carry-on, both to avoid lost bags and for ease of mobility on the trip, and as the rules change you just have to become more creative- which I think many of us regard as a good challenge!

But consider if you are moving on right away from where you arrive. Some friends landed in Milan for a week's stay deep in the Tuscan countryside, and their bags did not. It took three days for them to get their luggage, after countless time on the phone, and they had to drive all the way back to the airport to retrieve it- losing out on the day trip the rest of our group enjoyed.

It's not as easy to find clothes in Europe as some say, either- it's one thing if you are shopping for fun additions, but another to be an American male of American proportions trying to find a pair of pants in small Italian towns! Our friend ended up with a pair of capri-style "shorts", still on the tight side in the bggest size the store carried.... He now always "travels light"!
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Apr 29th, 2007, 11:18 AM
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I started packing light for a couple of reasons.

After having an international flight cancelled twice, I had to find my bag (twice) among all the bags that had been taken off the carousel. Then I had to rinse out underwear (twice) and put on funky clothes that I didn't think to wash. Finally, I almost missed my connection (after I took an alternate flight), because I had to deal with that damn bag.

The only people who were not upset were those seasoned travellers who only had one bag.

Second, my local international airport has a bad reputation for losing outgoing luggage( Another horrible experience)

Based on those experiences, I only pack what I need in a carryon (19 or 21 in). I pack earlier and if it feels heavy, I remove items. I bring a small pack of woolite for everyday of the trip for undies and pay extra to have my clothes cleaned by the laundry service in the hotel, if I can't find a laundromat close by. I don't bring back dirty clothes.

This has made my travel experiences less stressful.

There might be cancelled flights but I won't have to worry about wearing smelly clothes and I don't have to go shopping for clothes I really don't like if my bag in Toronto and I'm in Buffalo.
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Apr 29th, 2007, 01:17 PM
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I can understand why you'd feel that way after losing luggage, but I put several pairs of underwear and socks and one change of clothes in my carry-on tote, and then check the rest. In theory, I could end up with just two sets of outer clothes on my trip, but I know I can live with it.

Like I posted earlier, I have done carry-on only, but I didn't find it a huge advantage (probably because I haven't had luggage lost as an adult - I vaguely remember something as a child).
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