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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Number one tip for making travel easier – pack light

I was recently asked how to make travel easier. The best thing travellers can do is to pack light.

Almost everything you might need on a trip is available at the destination if required. Travelling with light luggage has 5 key advantages.

  1. Avoid luggage fees.
  2. Flying without checked bags means no time waiting around baggage claim, and no risk of lost bags.
  3. Greater flexibility during irregular operations (when things go wrong) as well as opportunities for (well compensated) voluntary denied boarding if there is no checked luggage.
  4. Easier travel. A light bag can easily be carried up or down a hill, or over cobblestones if required (eg if the road outside your accommodation is closed).
  5. More room for shopping.

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