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A Great Resource For The Traveler

I mentioned yesterday the happy fact that I was going into “vacation mode” (yay!). I think we can all of us agree that vacations are “good”, and that we like them. I know I sure do.

I think we can also agree that certain aspects of vacations are not so wonderful. What do I mean by that? Well, I don’t think any sane person would say “Montezuma’s revenge” and cross-country bus rides are ‘more fun than a barrel of monkeys!‘.. And then there’s airports. Love those airports.

I’m going to go a step further and posit that the person who said “getting there is half the fun” either 1) was insane, or 2) lived a century or more ago, because the actual traveling part of a vacation, the getting to your get-away destination, just bites.

I don’t think I need to list for you, and itemize, all the various ways that your “travel day” can frustrate, torment, and aggravate.

  • Missed connections & delays.
  • Your travelmates (I refer, specifically, to seatback-kickers, and shrieking babies bent on setting the world’s record for Duration Of Fit and Decibel Level Achieved).
  • Lost/Misrouted luggage.

But before you get to enjoy all that, you have to pack your bags, and that in itself is an adventure in sheer and unmitigated joy. (Not to crow too loudly, but I do pretty good — I typical only forget one vital item per trip.)

chained Tip of the day: Vacationers, particularly fliers, can vastly improve their travel day experience by outsmarting all the traveler’s gotcha’s and traveling with only one bag — an easily carry-able bag.
(Old Tech Paul has sworn off of air travel, but I have heard that the airlines are charging you extra for each item of luggage now..)

The expert one-bag traveler will have learned a great deal about:

  1. What To Pack, avoiding the temptation of lugging around too much stuff;
  2. What To Pack It In, understanding what to look for in efficient & effective luggage; and
  3. How To Pack It, particularly the management of clothing so that it doesn’t get wrinkled.

This being the Age of the Internet, I figured that there must be some website with traveler’s tips for managing your luggage, and getting it down to ‘carry-on’ levels. Well I figured right: there’s only about 32 million of them. But fear not. Old Tech Paul has found for you the number one top banana El Supremo Grandé. (IMHO, of course.)

Today’s free link: Learn how to lighten your load at
There’s no question: overpacking tops the list of biggest travel mistakes. Thus this Web site, offering exhaustive (some might say exhausting!) detail on the art and science of travelling light, going pretty much anywhere, for an indefinite length of time, with nothing more than a single (carry-on-sized) bag.

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July 14, 2009 Posted by | advice, Internet | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment