How to Travel with Carry-ons ONLY

Irene and RIck Butler

Whether travelling for long periods, through several countries, or just going for a week; we only travel with carry-ons. My husband Rick and I travel consecutively for many months annually, visiting a number of countries, hence numerous flights. Regardless of the length of these travel-stints (our last one entailed 25 countries in 9 months) – we take only a carry-on each. Here's how we travel with ... Read Full Article

Packing for Europe: 10 Rules of Thumb

luggage packing for Europe

As usual, I am preparing for my next trip to Europe and I am determined to do a better packing job than in the past. I am following these 10 Rules of Thumb for Packing for Europe. As I think about this trip, I remember all the trips in the past where I took clothes I never wore and lugged an over-packed bag across Europe. Not this time; I am packing light! 10 Rules for Packing for ... Read Full Article

EuropeUpClose Best Travel Secrets

Every traveler has learned from his or her experience. We tapped our EuropeUpClose writing crew to share their best travel secret. We asked them to either tell us their best travel tip or their favorite undiscovered destination. Go Local: By Hannah May It's not a secret as such, but one way I really benefit from my travels is to immerse myself in the local places and culture of the ... Read Full Article

Stress-Free Packing Tips

Packing for a trip can be a pleasurable preliminary to the trip itself, or it can be a rushed, stressful chore. Here are some packing tips from experienced travelers that may reduce your stress. Start Early Take at least two weeks to select what you want to take. Allow enough time to shop for garments that will be needed on the trip (For example if you’re traveling in January from Anchorage ... Read Full Article

Pack Light – Travel Easy

Yes, you could probably cram everything you need for two weeks in Europe into a carry-on and save the fee many airlines now charge for checked luggage. That’s if you wear the same jeans and t-shirt you wore on the plane. Most of us need quite a bit more. However, it’s easy to get by with only one medium-sized checked bag, and in fact you’ll be a happier traveler than those who saddle themselves ... Read Full Article