I'm a 37-year old Seattle girl who was bitten by the travel bug on my first tour of Europe in 2004. This personal blog follows my attempts to visit as many countries as I can, as often as my budget will allow. Since starting this blog in 2007, I've also worked as a freelance copywriter for an online travel publication. This only served to add even more must-see locations to my already extended list.
Follow me as I try to balance "real life" with exploring the world, all while trying to conquer a wickedly ironic case of homesickness.


I've gone to the other side

As a diehard pack-light, backpack, low maintenence traveler, I'm almost ashamed to admit the following: I want cute luggage.

I found myself green with envy on my last trip anchored to my 50 pound backpack of - and let's be honest - my own crap. I always run out of room for souvenirs, which inevitably contain some sort of flat thing that can't be bent or crushed. Or perhaps Carlotta, the Venetian mask that suffered damage from 15 hours with Delta Airlines. Or the fact that I simply accept my tourist existence as the most wrinkled person on the earth. And the digging for the one toiletry item that is always - and I mean ALWAYS - at the bottom of the bag...

I couldn't take it any more. Much to the chagrin of my practical sister, I'm a snobby city traveler that wants something pretty and wheeled, and I no longer care about the connotation that comes with it. So I set out to find something dependable, affordable, attractive.

Pictured above are the Nine West roller piece and leather carryon I found for less than $50 total. Now, to maneuver the dang thing down in the Tube...

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