I consider myself a pretty good vacation packer, insofar as I usually manage to plan my vacation wardrobe so that I bring only what I actually end up wearing and using, with a spare gym bag for purchases I might make while away. Still, for any trip over 2 days, I keep that scale handy, because somehow stuff gets heavy when you layer it in a suitcase and overweight penalties on airlines are increasingly expensive. (What a luxury vacations by automobile are — a packer and shopper’s dream. The car as traveling storage space! Imagine the freedom!)
I mention this because every so often guests at A Butler’s Manor surprise us with their luggage…or lack thereof. Sure, I’m impressed when a business traveler arrives with only a rolling computer case that carries his laptop and a change of shirt, tie, and undies for a single night stay. And only today, a woman arrived for a three-night stay with only a small, lightweight case (in which, she assured me, she’d still packed 3 pairs of shoes). But my hat goes off — in fact, I sink into a deep curtsy of awe — to the rare travelers like David and Jane, in the picture here. Look closely, and you’ll see one small rollaway case that could fit in the overhead bin, one medium sized case, and two backpacks. Why am I impressed? Because A Butler’s Manor was the last stop on David and Jane’s TWO MONTH vacation from Sydney, Australia. AND they took home souvenirs. Now THAT’S packing!!!
Quote of the Day: Travel light in life. Take only what you need: A loving family, good friends, simple pleasures, someone to love, and someone to love you; enough to eat, enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink, for thirst is a dangerous thing. —Unknown