What I learned from my Luggage

  “In each of us dwells a wanderer, a gypsy, a pilgrim. The purpose here is to call forth that spirit. What matters most on your journey is how deeply you see, how attentively you hear, how richly the encounters are felt in your heart and soul”. —Phil Cousineau, The Art of Pilgrimage...more

Where Does Lost Luggage Go?

We’ve all seen it: that one lonely suitcase on the baggage claim track at the airport that goes around and around with no owner in sight. What happens to it if no one shows up? Well, it might end up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. That’s where you can visit a store that takes up an entire city block and find everything from the expected (clothing, toiletries, books) to, well, the unexpected. Here are 10 of the strangest items that have gone unclaimed. -- Mental Floss ...more

I couldn't find my bags while at the Atlanta airport about ten years ago, and I felt instant ...more

On Luggage and Packing

I'm just back from a few days in Arizona where I went to visit my Dad. I have three days at home and then, tomorrow morning, whoosh, I'm off again. I barely had time to unpack my bag, but unpack it I did. It's repacked now, mostly, sitting in the bedroom with my daypack and my plane clothes, ready to go tomorrow morning. I swear, I'm tired just imagining lugging it back to SeaTac -- yes, I WAS just there -- and into yet another overstuffed overhead bin. Ah, the glamor of travel. [One Bag, the essential guide to packing light.] ...more

Traveling Tales: Lost Suitcase in Madrid

My flight from London to Madrid was exciting. I really enjoy the experience of new places and faces. I enjoy it more - along side my husband. He's really the best to travel with and as I shared earlier, I experienced (with this trip) that I needed to become more vigilant. ...more

Guerrillas, Freemasons, Rastafarians and Me: 60 days in Central America

I was just too tired to meet Subcomandante Marcos, masked revolutionary/spokesperson for Mexico's Zapatista movement, (EZLN). Besides, he's notorious for standing people up. My trip was already Jewel of the Nile-meets-Blood Diamond, and I wasn't going to go trekking blindly through the backwoods of Chiapas, after a 24-hour bus ride from Mexico City, to add a documentary to the mix. I needed to catch my flight home and sleep for a very, very long time. ...more

Last Stops For Lost Luggage

For all my gripes about flight delays and airline-service slips this summer, I have to admit that when I book a ticket to Rome, I generally end up in Rome. My suitcase’s final destination, on the other hand, is often quite literally up in the air. And since tighter carry-on restrictions have turned my fellow toiletry fiends and me into reluctant bag checkers, it seems inevitable that we’ll face down empty luggage carousels increasingly often.... Read More at The Window Seat ...more