Steve Asked, What Is The Tipping Point When One Should Change from Suitcase to Backpack


I first thought of this question a while ago when I watched your daredevil-esque video you did while hanging on the back of a motorcycle taxi - having a backpack worked but if you had a suitcase... Then I saw all the walking over the river and through the woods you have been doing in Europe and had to ask. A backpack with wheels, best of both worlds hmmmm.


Yes, I do suppose riding on the back of a motorcycle with a backpack seems like we need to buy a backpack, and ditch the trolley. And, I don't have a wheel bag, so I do not want one. I want the freedom to walk, and not turn my body walking. Walking with my hand pulling something behind is an imbalance.

Yet in the end, there is a part of me that farm boy Indiana, I have ideas of what it is to be a man, that 99 percent of Americans don't. I see using a wheel cart as for the wimps, weak and unhealthy.

Yet I also believe that a person that can speak the local language, talk as the boss, and tell someone to carry their bag as not a wimp. When John Wayne says to another man,
"Grab my bag."
It is not a debate, when I tell someone to help me, I am not debating with them, I am giving them an order. Often though, I must be the person that carries my bag, and the peoples bag around me. The world in general is a wimp, so what an I do? But, even the wimps arrive at their destination, so nothing really matters in the end, they all get the same sense of accomplishment. Yet, why can I travel for over 16 plus years not-stop, it is because the actual travel is a no brainer for me, while others suffer.


It seems I got the question wrong, there is a definite distinction between vacationing and traveling that is to often overlooked. There isn't a tipping point, there is a different best solution for each.

As a vacationer, I think a backpack is silly, it is more efficient to roll it across the airport and hotel lobby - the only two places I will be moving it.

As a traveler, I think a suitcase is silly, it is more efficient to carry on my back and have greater mobility and balance as I navigate point to point - over the river and through the woods... to the motorcycle taxi.

You are very correct about putting thoughts into written words, my thinking seems to become clearer, faster as I send you emails and leave comments. Thanks Andy!


Yes, writing does three major services. 1. Takes abstract thoughts in the brain, and makes them non-abstract. 2. Makes you make a decision when you choose your words. 3. Make you remember what your thinking, because they are not longer abstract, they are owned words.

This is why talking to a friend is good, and often Expats have no friends, so they lose the plot... hehehe


hehehe... of course that assumes those particular Expats ever had the plot to begin with...

Log In or Join to leave a comment

Hobo Members save 1000's of dollars by joining HoboTraveler and asking pro travelers questions on the Hobo Talk Wall.