From: Manfred Aigner on
Miguel Cruz wrote:
> [..] They suck on stairs, they suck in countries [..]. They suck.

You're right in most points, but a small trolley is perfect for business
travelling, when you do 3-4 day trips, where you only move within
airports, hotels, train stations an central urban areas.... then they
are a perfect thing and since I borrowed a trolley for such a trip some
years ago I don't want to miss it.

For private trips I prefer a small backpack, about 15-20l, which is
enough for most trips. The rule is: The less you bring with you, the
better. Most things you need in a foreign country, which you're not
using at home are much cheaper in your destination country, therefore
there is no need to buy them at home and bring them. Usually there is no
need to bring them back home (what should I do with a moskito net in
Austria?). What I experienced in the last years: The longer I go, the
less luggage I do have (Typically I do have more clothing for a weekend
trip with a lot of activities planned than for a 4 weeks tour where I
need to wash my stuff anyway).


From: lygtepael512 on
RPSinha wrote:
> [Reposted with enlarged group list. Please leave intact,
> I can only access replies there.]
> I am going to experiment with doing away with checked luggage and try
> traveling with just one carry-on. This will be for a few weeks, a few
> countries, everything from planes and trains to back country buses.
> So this bag needs to be pretty versatile: strong, light, easy to
> organize etc, and resistant to dust and water. I found two intriguing
> suggestions in : the Red Oxx Air Boss
> and Tough traveler Tri-Zip. Both are about $225.
>>> Om Kenn Rosenkranz (foertidspensionist)
> Another suggestion was Rick Steves Convertable carry-on bag; $99.
> <
> theParentId=8&id=139>
> Do you have any expereince with these? Or, do you have another
> recommendation?
> Finally, do you find any particular *colors* either very good or not so
> good for rugged travel? (My "one bag" is likely to take more beating
> than if it had been just one of several bags with me.) The Red Oxx
> comes in 12 colors, for example:
> <>
> Thanks.

Be sure to chose a very robust bag

From: S Viemeister on
Craig Welch wrote:

> Tchiowa wrote:
>> What bank is issuing ATM cards that expire? My ATM never does. And no
>> need to carry more than one. I also carry a few Credit Cards that you
>> can always use to withdraw cash.
> To name just a few banks whose cards I carry and which have an expiry date:
> Standard Chartered
> Citibank
Royal Bank of Scotland, too.

From: ksternberg1 on
I think this guy's missing the point: travel light.

I have never, ever had difficulties using my small, wheeled carry-on. I
definitely would not have want to carry my bag many of the distances
I've walked through airports, cities, etc. It's important to make sure
the handle comes up high enough, if you're tall. I just bought the Rick
Steves carry-on non-convertable) bag. It's a great fit.

Miguel Cruz wrote:

> With wheeled bags I wouldn't have made it out of the airport parking lot
> before I was ready to hurl them under a passing truck.

From: B Vaughan on
On Fri, 04 Aug 2006 01:21:22 +0100, Jack Campin - bogus address
<bogus(a)> wrote:

>I've carried backpacks round Istanbul many times. Miguel's picture is
>dead on. Broken surfaces, tramlines, jam-packed public transport,
>gangways onto ferries - you'd be nuts to use anything with wheels there.
>It's no coincidence that there are still porters in Istanbul who can
>make a living carrying goods on their backs.

I don't understand the public transport thing. The human body is less
bulky around the legs than around the chest. In a packed tram, you can
always find a bit of unused real estate on the floor, while a backpack
on your back will be punching people in the face.
Barbara Vaughan
My email address is my first initial followed by my surname at libero dot it
I answer travel questions only in the newsgroup