If it’s Tuesday, it must be Belgium…

May 06, 2008

I don’t actually travel that much because the writing schedule doesn’t allow it. However, after updating the schedule of appearances on my web site, I sat back and thought, yikes.

I’ve taught myself to travel light. Not out of any particular virtue, but because waiting for checked luggage to appear is too tense for a traveler who has to catch a ferry. Those extra ten (sometimes more) minutes can mean the difference between catching the 8:I0 and the 9:00pm boats. Doesn’t seem like a huge difference, but at the end of a transcontinental journey, trust me, it matters. So my rule is that I have to fit everything for a trip of any length into a carry-on-sized rollaboard, and a largish shoulder bag. This includes my purse and laptop. If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t come. My mother–who has been known to fly from Sydney to Seattle with nothing but a pocketbook–sometimes says, “Bring twice as much money as you think you’ll need, and half the clothes.” She’s right, of course.

Anyway, I would love to meet you! I have upcoming appearances in Bainbridge Island, Washington, Seattle, Los Angeles, Crested Butte, Colorado Ketchikan, Alaska, Sacramento and Cannon Beach, Oregon. Please see http://www.susanwiggs.com/schedule.shtml for details on these and other events.

  • I’m a light packer myself. It’s one of the hardest transitions of having a baby. They need so much stuff (though I keep trying to tell everyone she doesn’t). Worst case, where are we going that I can’t buy new stuff? Why must I pack everything we own? The boy is an over-packer which is bad. I was always raised not to pack more than I can carry. Because I have small, wimpy arms, I can’t carry much. What I can carry must be at least 50% books and 25% shoes so that doesn’t leave much for anything else. 🙂 As long as I have things I can’t buy anywhere else (good pair of jeans, bathing suit, bras), I don’t sweat the small stuff.

    Safe travels! Unfortunately, I live near none of those places, but I wish I did!

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