Whether you are packing for a business trip or going on vacation, it pays to travel light. Minimalists have an edge, both financially and in terms of mobility.
Lately some airlines have given us one more incentive to lighten up, with strict limits for carry-on items, fees for checked baggage, and weight limits for both. Among the harshest: European discount carrier easyJet, which allows only one carry-on piece (a woman's handbag counts), and charges $20 for checked baggage of up to 20 kilograms (44 pounds) with a surcharge if you check at the gate.
Transfers by cab to your hotel can add up too, especially with extra fees tacked on in some cities for airport pickups, late-night fares, and baggage by the piece. Plus, in countries where small cars are prevalent, your behemoth might not even fit in the trunk.