Do You Travel Light or Heavy???

Indonesia
May 19, 2009 2:31am CST
A few months ago, my husband and I picked up a family friend who came along the way from America to visit us during his two weeks vacations in Indonesia. We bring an APV because we thought that he might carry a lot of bags. But we were surprised when we met him, because he only brought a medium size backpack! If it was me who is travelling to another country, then I would carry at least 2 suitcases, just for myself :) What about you, do you travel light or heavy??? And did you ever have to pay extra charge for your excess baggage??
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@gcorp09 (940)
• Singapore
19 May 09
I will always prefer to travel light, and bring as little as I can. Usually, I will only bring the necessities such as clothes, toiletries, and charger for my cell phone. I have yet to encounter paying for extra charges for any excess baggage. In the contrary, I had been asked by my colleagues before to help to carry some of her things when we are boarding the flight back to my country so that she will not have to pay for excess baggage!
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• Hong Kong
20 May 09
Yes, we do the same for the excess baggage. My family and my friends would give their baggages to me that we don't have to pay for the excess weight of baggages.
@gcorp09 (940)
• Singapore
20 May 09
This is also what I see from some of the other travelers as well. They would try and get some of their friends/family members to carry some of their things so that they can avoid paying for excess baggage. Some even do it at the airport itself before check-in...
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
19 May 09
Ok the first time I traveled at the age of 18 I was going to Puerto Rico. On my return trip to New York my luggage was lost and never found. I remember I was compensated by 400 dollars but that did not pay for what my stuff was really worth. So from that time till now I only travel with one carryon and my pocketbook. I just got back from PR and I was there for two weeks and I travels with one medium size duffle bag. So I consider myself a light traveler.
• Indonesia
19 May 09
I'm sorry to hear about your lost luggage. Here we don't get any compensation for lost luggage :( But I'm glad you did :)
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@flaredust (728)
• Indonesia
19 May 09
I prefer travel light. Even if have to carry lot of clothes, I try to pack it as small as possible. I never pay extra because my weight belonging always under the free weight limit. For average, i usually only bring one bag, containing laptop, digital camera, clothes & paper document
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@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
19 May 09
After years of packing enough clothes to last a year for a two week trip, I have finally convinced myself that I just don't need it. We live in Spain, but return to England regularly. The airline we use is cheap for flights, but expensive on baggage, so I've learned to get everything I need in the free 10kg allowance for cabin baggage. In February, we flew to Majorca for a week, and I didn't wear everything I took, so I proved you don't need as much as you think you do. Another advantage of just carrying cabin luggage is that you can check in online, which means you only have to be at the airport 30 minutes before the flight instead of 2 hours or more. You can't take liquids over 100ml in cabin luggage though, so you need to either take travel size toiletries or buy them on arrival. Hotels usually supply shower gel, soap and shampoo anyway.
• Philippines
19 May 09
I always prefer to travel light. Aside from the fact that it's less baggage, it makes moving from one place to another easier. It's also worry free and you can readily pack your things once you need to go.
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• Philippines
23 Jan 10
Hello always_natalia! I super love traveling! I always travel light. But that is on my way to my intended destination. By the time I am on my way home, it's a different story. By then, I would surely travel heavy. Yep, heavy with all those souvenirs and other stuffs.
@vicky30 (4779)
• India
27 Jun 09
I always travel heavy because i have to pack clothes to wear outside.I have to wear different clothes for each ocassion.I also need to have my home clothes ready if there is no way to wash clothes.I carry two heavy bags when i go to my native place.I feel some tiredness after carrying those bags but later it goes away.I have not paid excess charge for excess baggage.I have seen people coming from abroad with lots of bags.
@divkris (1163)
• India
21 May 09
I love travelling light coz it make it easy to carry when you feel like hiking or walking down. it is also easy to keep your bagagge next to you. Even though i travel light i have all the essential things packed in my travel bag!
@kryzell (921)
• Philippines
20 May 09
That depends on where I am going to travel. Most of the time, I prefer to travel light... this gives me an excuse to shop to the place where I am heading. Aside from that, I need to pack my things with sense. It is important to think about what I should bring. Like if I wan to go to beach, it makes sense if I don't bring a pair of boots, right?
@Porcospino (16435)
• Denmark
20 May 09
I always travel light, I never bring more than one suitcase and one handbag. I am an independant traveller and sometimes I have to walk many miles, if I can't find a hostel or a hotel straight away, and I have learned to bring as few things as possible. It is simply too inconvenient for me to bring a lot of bags. I usually bring some of my old clothes/clothes that I don't want to keep and I throw my clothes away when I have worn them, then there is space for souvenirs and other things in the suitcase.
• Australia
20 May 09
Every time I travel, I vow that I'm going to take only a few things, but when it comes time to leave for the trip, I've got a full suitcase! Most of the time, I only use a quarter of what I've brought with me, so it ends up being silly to lug around a whole heap of things that I'm not even using. My partner and I have actually decided that when we go overseas later this year, we're only going to take carry on luggage with us, and then if we need to, we'll buy a suitcase while we're overseas if we buy things to bring home with us.
• United States
20 May 09
I always try to travel light but I always end up with more luggage than I would like to have. My husband is probably worst than I am because he worries about getting dirty and needing extra clothes. After all there is laundry places that we can do if we need more clothes. Usually when we go on vacation I always buy shirts where we visit also.
@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
20 May 09
When I travel I perfer to pack light. I ussualy carry one light bag and one large suitcase. espiclsy when I fly. but I may carry more if I were traveling my car. I may take three bags with me. but what I take are just the things I need for the trip. I have not flown in three years so I have not had to pay for excess bagage. but I sure I may have to the next time I fly. my partents recely went on a trip and flew there, they had to pay for some extra bagage.
• China
20 May 09
ooo,just as natalia, I liked to carry a big bag with me when i travelled before, but i found that it was very bother, so now when i travelled,i carried a bag as light as possible.
@maximax8 (27048)
20 May 09
I like to travel as lightly as possible but that is a challenge to do. For my last trip I took less clothes than usual and it worked well. It was sunny in Cape Town so drying clothes that I washed was easy to do. I took some snacks to eat although the food in the shops there was great. I didn't take many nappies because again it was easy to buy them there. I traveled with my medium sized backpack for myself and a holdall bag for my son. Last year we went to Latvia on a low cost airline. They charged extra for us to take luggage in the hold. It came to quite a lot of money for them to carry one backpack and a travel cot in a bag. That has been the only time I have been charged for extra luggage. To avoid paying excess charges on my trip around the world I posted some items home and packed the heavy things in my hand bag. I could hardy lift it off the ground. It wasn't weighed so that is why I did that.
20 May 09
I take one suitcase and mix and match my clothes I roll everything up so you have more room and I have learn to take less the more I travel. mgraham 126
@kath_b (116)
• Philippines
20 May 09
I've always known that for travelling you really need to travel light since i don't think you would want to carry around a lot of things and which you couldnt actually carry at all! i like to travel light with bags that i dont even check in but i bring them with me inside the plane. so that you dont have to pay excess baggage and before you go you check how much is allotted for baggage and you try to weigh or estimate what you brought along with you. happy travelling!
@sherissa (20)
• Philippines
20 May 09
I always travel light. I have traveled in a few countries with just a backpack but I always bring squeeze in an extra bag (one that is large yet folds easily) to hold souvenirs or other new purchases. I chose clothes that are easy to pack and do not require ironing. I also carry toiletries in small packages (an estimate of what I would need for the tduration of the trip). I limit the shoes I bring - 1 for walking around and a closed shoes which can be used for more formal destinations. I have just been to aisan countries though, which means the weather doesn't require me to bring bulky cold weather clothing. Cotton tops and capris would suffice a days tour. I have not paid for excess baggage yet. I usually travel with a group and we try to check in together so the weight is distributed among us. =)
@noyida (795)
• Singapore
20 May 09
It depends where, why and how I travel. I travel almost everymonth for leisure and sometime business. If its for a short trip but with an intention of shopping, then I travel as light as possible to my destination. It will be a different issue travelling back to my country. I will have my luggage space more for the shopping items that I bought and since I travel with little things in my suitcase, then I wont have to face problem with excess baggage. Pay extra for excess baggage? Yes I did! On my recent trip to Pekanbaru, Indonesia, I travel light cause I purposedly went there to shop. Thinking that it wont be that heavy for what I intended to buy, eventhough I carried only 2 tops and 1 bottom, it does exceed the required weight. I had extra 12Kg for my excess baggage and had to fork out about US$60 for that. I should have buy the extra luggage weight when booking my flight and save on the $$$. Never expect to shop so much but what to do, paid or left the things there. Huuhuuu...LOL.
@hotsummer (10308)
• Philippines
20 May 09
i prefer to travel with at least to big bags with all y important stuffs and lots of clothings. but it will depend if i have money to buy dress or clothes i will not any more lots of it.