Traveling 8-10 times a year is not much all...but its certainly more than I was doing a few years ago. And it's stressful enough without us worrying about whether or not our luggage will hold together
I got a cheap set of luggage in college right before I left on a two-week trip to Africa. It was a good first set of luggage, and I've used it for every trip since then (Jan '08). But three and a half years later and I'm finally convinced of what E has been telling me for years.
Quality is worth it.
While traveling in Italy every. single. piece of luggage we brought broke (pockets split in my duffel bag, every zipper broken on my suitcase, plus a wheel destroyed). I was paranoid the whole 22 hour trip home that a suitcase would fall apart and I'd lose all my souvenirs!
When I got home, thankfully with all of my belongings safe, I started researching luggage. And got pretty overwhelmed.
E is a big fan of the company Filson (he's a sucker for their tagline "Might as well have the best") and I have to admit that I'm ready to have the best. Here are a few pieces he would probably like:
(he already owns and loves his dispatch bag)
But they're a little too manly for me, especially if I'm traveling for work.
When I asked you guys on Twitter what luggage you'd buy if money was no object, I got a surprising number of responses for Louis Vuitton! It never occurred to me to look at LV luggage, but I was really looking for a workhorse, not a designer label.
Then it seemed like one other brand stood out - Tumi. I was impressed.
May I present, my luggage lusts:
Everett Essential Tote
Bedford Westley Weekender (this is a pipe dream as I know I'll never in good conscience be able to spend $900 on a weekend bag)
Alpha Wheeled expandable
Alpha International Zippered Expandable
Briggs & Riley also had some great options with a great warranty. (Thanks again to Kim for the recommendations!)
So now we're putting pennies in the piggy bank to save up for some really nice luggage.
What do you use when you travel? Do you buy throw-away luggage and replace it every couple years, or buy things to last?