Subject: Re: Bags
If it's not possible to change one's situation, then one should go with what has proven to be the most acceptable solution.

But by way of a counter-example, my wife is 5'2", with minor arthritic problems in her fingers, and we normally travel around Europe for a few weeks with only a single carry-on (each). Not a staggeringly heavy thing that could only be dragged on wheels, but a light bag that tucks easily under the seat in front of one on the airplane, and can easily be carried by a short woman on her shoulder (or, for longer walks, like from the railroad station to the B&B, using a proper suspension system). True, it's difficult to find appropriate bags for this, but they're out there.

There are wide-ranging benefits to this style of travel that are too extensive to enumerate here, but it's worthy of note that I average at least one e-mail a day from people expressing their delight in discovering the freedom, flexibility, and cost savings that come from learning to "travel light". So I would encourage anyone not to resign themselves too quickly to dragging a bunch of stuff around with them when they head out to explore the world. Acquisition of the skills necessary to fix this problem are well within the range of most.

Doug San Francisco