Last week, I wrote a post about why you should never check your bags. It was tongue-in-cheek but also true: traveling lighter is just better. Then we went to Paris and while at various airports I snapped a few pictures and videos of piles of luggage.

A quick caveat here: I obviously have no idea why these people were traveling, or what they were bringing in their bags. Maybe they were relocating and have all their worldly possessions with them. Maybe they were doctors carrying cures for diseases. Maybe they were spies smuggling sensitive documents across borders.


But everyone definitely isn’t a spy so the logical conclusion is that a bunch of travelers are just bringing a lot of stuff with them. And if that’s your style, fine, own it.

Still, we here at Tripping Over the World think carrying all this luggage is the wrong way to go. Especially if, for some strange reason, you’re paying 10 euros to cover your luggage in layer upon layer plastic:

In any case, bringing all this stuff slows you down, puts up numerous barriers between a traveler and a location, and is a constant reminder home, rather than the places you’re visiting. Ultimately it’s hard to experience a place like a local when you have all your stuff from home.

— Jim Dalrymple II


Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.


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