I can't help but think, with carry on luggage only, the answer to my question is "tight wad" but no that is not strictly true, you are not only reaping the benefits of hefty baggage charges (which bring budget airline flight prices in line with scheduled flights anyway) but travelling light also means your luggage is with you at all times, your suitcase won't get broken from being thrown around by uncaring baggage handlers and you will no longer be the only person left, biting their nails, at the carousel whilst the rest of your holiday companions wait, rather impatiently for your case to appear.
Hand luggage only, also means that you can buy expensive baggage should you decide to invest in something so luxurious, as it will be sitting above your head at all times and having done it once, I would be more than happy to take up this challenge again. My husband says "hand baggage only, is the way forward" but this of course depends on what type of holiday/flight you book. At this moment in time, flights to Malaga next August are cheaper with BA than with budget airlines and not only do you get free inflight meals and drinks should you book with them, you also get a very generous 23kg baggage allowance. Sadly it is not the easiest thing to be able to book flights this far in advance when your bank balance is still reeling from the cost of this years holiday and the back to school expenses of uniform and in my case, bus passes.
Anyway I digress from my original question and after reading a recent poll where according to Virgin Atlantic, paparazzi shots of celebs arriving at UK Airports with tote bags the size of France, does in fact influence our holiday bag shop with 25% of 16-24 year olds admitting that they would buy a bag based on what their favourite celebrity has been seen carrying at check-in.
One in ten replace luggage when it has worn out (or to make sure it is better than their travelling companions) and a third of women would consider buying new luggage based on their holiday destination.
|My "St George" case by Tripp. Always lent it to my girls and easy to spot on the carousel.|
One thing is for sure, if you have just returned from your holiday and your luggage has taken a beating, its a great time to buy something stylish or that matches your personality with many styles now offering huge reductions, so from bargain buys to high end luxury, shop my top picks for stylish travelling whatever your budget.
Tripp Hawaiian Medium sized case was £140 now £35. Mulberry Leopard print case £850. Jimmy Choo Glitter Case £2,295. Superlite holdall was £50 now £29. Tripp large black suitcase was £150 now £89.
Having had a Tripp suitcase for many years, I can vouch for both the quality and ease of movement.
So when it comes to baggage, are you budget like your airline or first class?