I don’t like checking luggage. Â At all. Â And I don’t see why 90% of the people that do it, do it. Â No need to check a thing, with a bit of planning, willingness to absorb astronomical hotel laundry charges (or – my usual choice – do your own damn laundry), and purchase of quality clothes in the the first place. Â As my kitchen-sink packing friends can attest, I’m quite proud of multiple-continent-multiple-week trips accomplished with a laptop backpack and a medium duffel. Â So, all that out of the way, these guys are nuts:
In what is potentially the most minimal “technomadic” experiment ever, Rolf Potts (author of one of my favorite travel/lifestyle booksÂ Vagabonding) has set out on 6-week, 12-country, round-the-world tripÂ without a single piece of luggage.
That’s a bit of a promotional gimmick, but this guy appears to be serious:
He’s also a great illustration of the tragedy of the commons – his carry-on antics squeeze out Â folks who would just like to put their bags in the overhead. Â On the other hand, if you’re flying Ryan Air, you’re just asking for this kind of company.
Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how much you pack, butÂ what you pack:
The Immigration Officer swiped my passport, glanced at his computer screen and almost immediately stamped me back into the country. But just before I started to walk away he asked, â€œSo you went to Afghanistan and Pakistan. How was it?â€ The only reply that I could muster up was a quiet, â€œVery interesting.â€
He then called the next person in line and I turned away, relieved beyond belief at how well that had gone. Of course, that relief lasted a mere six seconds, right until the moment when a Customs Officer approached and asked me to step over to one of the inspection tables.
The following hour and a half of my life is a period of time that I will never forget and truthfully, never really want to endure ever again.
It’s a funny read. Â If you’re into black humor.
A long long time ago, I used to be a WorldMate user on my Palm Treo. Â At some point I decided it wasn’t worth upgrading, and stopped using it. Â I just gave it another look, in Android version, and wow. Â Good stuff. Â Recommended.