Minimalist Travel

Kevin on November 15th, 2010

Travelers wanting to avoid fees for checked baggage definitely ought to check out the new FlightWise collection from Lands’ End. Including duffels, wheelies, backpacks, and convertible bags, the FlightWise bags are all packed (ha) with thoughtful features, sport very attractive prices, and of course are of legal carry-on size.

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Kevin on February 9th, 2010

GoLite’s entry into the lightweight convertible carry-on niche is the TraveLite, a bag that offers Patagonia good looks with out the Paty sticker shock. The similarity doesn’t end there: the ripstop material used appears very similar to that used on some Patagonia bags, the polymer shoulder strap hardware is identical to that on the MLC, the zippers are the same, and the off-center briefcase handle is eerily similar to that on the MLC. It’s entirely possible this bag isn’t made in the same factory as are some of the Paty products, but if that turned out to be the case, I wouldn’t be surprised.

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Kevin on January 18th, 2010

Tired of schlepping through airports with overstuffed bags? When you get home after a trip, do you unpack clothing you haven’t worn? Have you thrown your back out so many times, you’re on your chiropractor’s Christmas card list??

It needn’t be this way!

If you can follow a handful of simple rules, you’ll travel light and will likely do so with just one bag.

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Each Wednesday I receive TravelZoo’s “Top 20” List via email.  This is a list of the very best deals TravelZoo has uncovered from the thousands of available vacation packages, hotel and airline deals around the world.  The Top 20 usually offers solid deals, but during the ’08-’09 recession, some of them are outright crazy. Deals […]

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This is a quick follow-up to my post Experiment in Minimalist Packing:  Business Casual – 3D/2N/8.6 lbs. As a traveler, there’s nothing quite as liberating as casually strolling through an airport with nothing more than a lightweight bag on your back, your hands free to carry a cup of coffee or perhaps a newspaper.  Nothing […]

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This is a guest post by Practical Hacks subscriber & frequent commenter Michael W. from the Bay Area in California. An experienced traveler, Michael offers great insight into two Rick Steves travel bags… Two months ago, I purchased Rick Steves’ nicely redesigned and upgraded convertible carry-on luggage/backpack called the Classic Back Door bag.  At $79 it’s […]

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