They say a photo is worth a thousand words.
The photo below is certainly worth that.
Some of the most common questions my guests ask after they have decided to come on a group trip with me are: "What should I bring?" and "What type of luggage should I pack my belongings in?"
My answer is always ..... "Pack light!"
We will be moving around to several different accommodations .... traveling by train, private driver, and at times plane. There are weight restrictions on many of the smaller planes and there is nothing worse than hopping onto a train jam packed with travelers if you are lugging and trying to maneuver a ridiculously large suitcase. There will be nowhere to store your bag. It will be in the way. And you will probably be frustrated by the effort and embarassed by the dirty looks folks on the train give you as you hold up traffic for those looking to get situated in their seats on a crowded train.
Additionally .... many of the places we stay are incredibly unique. Authentic spots .... entirely worth the effort to get there .... which often means carrying your belongings up several flights of stairs. Elevators are not a given. And before we even reach the flight of stairs you might need to carry your bags from the point of arrival into the "Pedestrian Only" area of town where we will be staying. Again, totally worth the effort.
Please, please pack light.
The bags in the photo below are the actual bags from my last group trip. Mine is the red duffle. I bring that, and a small day backpack. That is IT! I hand wash and re-wear clothes and if I make purchases, I ship them home. Sometimes I will bring another small and very lightweight empty duffle to use if I make purchases .... I can decide if I want to lug it around and bring it home on the plane, bot more often than not, I ship it home. Traveling light is much, much easier!
Cheers to our adventure!
Karin Mallory Presents: Intimate Trips to Italy is truly a labor of love. Love of a country. Its history and its people. Its landscapes, villages, cities, buildings and art. Its food. Its culture and tradition. Travel with me in very small groups of adventurous, fun and curious travelers. I look forward to sharing some of my favorite spots. And discovering others together!