The Benefits of Travelling Hand luggage Only


Travel can be as cheap or as expensive as you make it and when it comes to flying, carrying large suitcases in some cases can easily add up to a third of the cost on top of your flight. Low cost airlines are infamous for doing this. They prey on travellers looking for a good deal by luring them onto their websites with very low flight costs and as soon as you get to the checkout they add on extortionate baggage costs, making a flight that seemed affordable on first glance, not as cheap as you would have imagined. A lot of travellers are getting savvy to this behaviour from airlines and are now adopting to travel with hand luggage only. Many airlines offer a free small suitcase in with the flight price as long as it fits in the overhead lockers. This is particularly common on short haul flights, hence the rise of many cash-strapped millennials grabbing themselves a bargain and checking themselves into destinations all across Europe.

Travelling hand luggage only was something I never thought I would consider. I'm an 'overpacker'- I can't stay one night in a hotel 10 miles away from my house without bringing my entire wardrobe, nevermind going abroad where I don't know what I will be doing from day to day or what the weather would be like. My friends would often tell me how much money I would save if I cut back on some of my luxury items while travelling and I didn't listen until recently. Last month I booked a weekend in Ireland for my husbands birthday and after seeing that it was going to cost nearly £100 for  full sized suitcase, I decided to throw caution to the wind and just take carry on. It was the best decision I have made.

After finally forcing myself to just take carry on luggage on holiday, I noticed how it easy it was to pack, when I got on holiday it made life more simplier - I didn't have to spend forever trying to figure out what to wear because I only had limited clothing with me and the money I would have spent lugging a suitcase of clothes around with only half of the clothes that I would have worn, I was able to convert to Euros and spend more time enjoying myself.

Benefits

It's liberating

Once you have finally taken the plunge and travelled hand luggage only, you will realise how liberating it is. Firstly you do not have to go through baggage reclaim unless you are asked to check your bag and it's easier to carry hand luggage around a big city while trying to find your hotel.

More places to visit

Travelling hand luggage only opens up a lot more places for you to visit because it brings down the cost of many flights, especially in Europe.

You only pack the things you need

When I take a large suitcase on holiday I often pack a lot of unnecessary items and only wear half of the clothes I pack. When travelling hand luggage only you are forced to take only the necessities due to the space available.

You can save money

Last, but definitely not least is that travelling hand luggage only can save you quite a lot of money off your flights, giving you that extra money to spend on a different holiday or some extra holiday cash to enjoy yourself. 

It's always nice to take plenty of home comforts on holiday with you, but the most important thing is enjoying the holiday itself and getting as much out of the travel experience that you can. I'm definitely a 'hand luggage only' convert.


Do you ever travel hand luggage only?






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28 comments

  1. I don't think I ever have, but it's a good idea and you raised some excellent points! x

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  2. I went to Dublin with just hand luggage - unfortunately my boyfriend's bag got put in the hold anyway due to space issues, so we still had to wait to collect it at the end!

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  3. I really want to do this one day, but I can never bring myself to!

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  4. I haven't yet but these are very good points and I am very tempted to do this myself one day :)

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  5. Hands up I would love to be able to do this - but I am awful at packing I always pack way to much so not sure I would actually manage to do this. x

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  6. I've never travelled with just hand luggage I'd love to be able to but as a family I think it be too tricky to do.

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  7. I do it all the time and agree it's very liberating to breeze past the luggage carousel.

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  8. Like you used to - I could never imagine travelling hand luggage only! But there are some good tips here and something I'll keep in mind for future, especially as it saves money x

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  9. I always prefer travelling with hand luggage if I can because it's just so much easier and you don't need to worry about checking stuff in at the airport x

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  10. I haven't before, but I really should. Such good reasons why to aswell!

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  11. It is so much cheaper when you just take hand luggage but I always over pack because I feel like I need a million clothes when I don't lol.

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  12. I can't disagree with you on these points! I love when I can get away with carry on only.

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  13. Every time I fly, I say I will just take hand luggage, but I really struggle to pack light.

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  14. I have done hand luggage only on quite a few trips now and I never usually wear everything I pack anyway x

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  15. My boyfriend always travels hand luggage only whilst I am there lugging a suitcase. It saves you so much money as well as the effort of carrying it around!

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  16. I've done this a few times and I love it - it is so much easier!

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  17. I need to do this the next time I travel! So much easier

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  18. Oh gosh I don't think I could ever do this I need to take the kitchen sink with me too in fear of emergencies I pack for absolutely any situation I may come into!! lol

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  19. I genuinely wish I could always travel with hand luggage only!

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  20. I love traveling with minimal luggage. but unfortunately I likes me bottles of perfume too...

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  21. I can't do it, I just can't do minimal, my suitcase is heavier than the Kardashian's!

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  22. OMG I wish I could travel with just hand luggage, not possible for me just yet though.

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  23. It makes it easier to get on and off the plane.

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  24. My mummy is an overpacker too, it's crazy how much she packs for a weekend break. She must try and use a hold-all at least once to see how she gets on!

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  25. I always travel hand luggage only, I'm way too tight to pay for hold baggage especially as I remember the days when it was free! It's definitely a challenge, fitting everything in a small case, but I find it forces me to be a bit more thoughtful about what I take. x

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  26. I'm a nightmare with parking too much, I need to challenge myself to do hand luggage only next time I go away.

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  27. We travelled to Hungary with just hand luggage earlier in the year - Amazing how much you don't need. I don't know that I'd be brave enough for more than a couple of nights though.

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  28. i always travel with hand luggage if I'm away for a weekend or 5 days. it does help you rethink on what are the necessities!

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