I have a thing about luggage. From carry-on to hold luggage from backpacks and wheeled duffels to hard-shell suitcases and day packs. I have a cupboard full of packs within, wheelie bags within duffels within suitcases. The luggage version of Russian dolls.
I’m on a constant quest for quality luggage that makes travel easier and when it comes to carry-on luggage I think I’ve found ‘the one’. I’ve been testing out the Farpoint 40 Osprey Rucksack and I absolutely love it. Small but not too small, this perfectly sized pack has room for all my gear and conforms to EU maximum carry-on luggage size. I’m actually feeling rather smug about this backpack.
I thought I’d be well into my seventies before I went on a cruise but, as is often the case, life proved me wrong. I took my first cruise in my forties, to the Mediterranean, and surprised myself by really liking it. I’ve been on another cruise since and enjoyed it just as much. Both were on huge ships so next time I’d like to try cruising on smaller vessels. A river cruise through Europe is on the wish list and a wildlife cruise to the Galapagos islands is another dream. If you’re on the fence about setting sail here are my ten reasons to take a cruise.
Have you ever got to the airport not knowing where you’ll be touching down at the end of the flight? I hadn’t until a few weeks ago when I went on a weekend away with WowTrip who organise surprise city breaks in Europe. For someone who organises corporate group travel months in advance this kind of blew my mind but I rolled with it and had a blast. Our surprise destination was a weekend in Cologne, Germany.