Luggage is a drag!
Traveling is fun, but walking with suitcases is a drag! Luggage is especially challenging in historic European cities with narrow cobblestone alleys (such as the one you see below.) Who wants to drag a roller bag through THAT?
Sometimes you don’t have a choice.
My husband, Larry, and I have been traveling round-the-world since January. We tried to pack light, but we had everything from glaciers to tropical beaches to consider. That’s why our luggage includes thermal underwear, jackets, and scarves, as well as swimsuits, shorts, and sunscreen.
And, of course, all the souvenirs we’ve picked up along the way.
At the end of this month our cruise ship lands in Venice. Venice is one of my favorite cities in the world, but I dread our arrival. Why? Because it means maneuvering our ever-expanding luggage over bumpy cobblestones and bridges, winding our way through cramped pedestrian streets until we find our hotel.
Adding to my worries, the wheels on our main roller bag have broken. I can’t imagine how we will make it to our hotel, especially since Venice is a pedestrian city. There are NO cars, only water taxis. Even with a water taxi, there’s still quite a walk we will have to make.
What should I do?!?
Bag Express to the Rescue!
I’ve found an answer! *fingers crossed* I heard from someone on our cruise ship about a company called Bag Express that delivers your bags from your home to your hotel and back again. [Full disclosure: In exchange for writing this post and reviewing their service, Bag Express is letting me try them for free.]
Imagine boarding a plane with only a carry-on, then finding your bags waiting for you at your hotel room! No need to worry about paying for checked luggage. For those who ski or have other bulky equipment, this could really be handy.
Please note that Bag Express is only available for European travel. But if you’re planning a big trek from America with several stops in Europe, it could still make things much easier for you.
In our case, I’m sending a couple bags from our cruise ship in Venice to England. We’re visiting family in London for a couple of weeks so it’s the perfect solution. Sending bags ahead of time will let us explore the labyrinthine streets of Venice foot loose and fancy-free from the moment we arrive.
What a relief!
Sounds good, huh? I will let you know how it works out. In the meantime, if you’d like postcards and freebies from me, or you’d simply like to have a more “behind the scenes” glimpse into our round-the-world trip, I invite you to check out my Cruise Diary on Patreon. The public posts are free, but for $1 a month, you can unlock all the private posts, which will be ongoing, even after our return.
I’ve got so much to share with you from this trip! It’s been great research for the 2nd edition of my Understanding Cemetery Symbols book. I’m learning so much. Plus, along the way, I’ve seen penguins, komodo dragons, and koalas. I’ve even cuddled with kangaroos and tigers! (Once again, check out this link if you want to know more.)
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Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in North Texas travel, cemetery symbols, and haunted lore. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!”
Snider’s best-selling books include Paranormal Texas , Understanding Cemetery Symbols, and 100 Things to Do in Dallas - Fort Worth Before You Die.