How Carry-On Luggage Saves Vacation Dollars

By Reyna Gobel | May 24, 2009 AAA

Nowadays, the decision to check luggage is more than just whether you want to have to wait in the baggage claim area until your luggage hits the conveyer belt - it's about money. Limiting your luggage to what you can carry on a plane for weekend trips will save you on ground transportation, checked baggage fees and shopping, and will encourage more adventure on your vacation. How so? (read Drawbacks Of Travel Reward Programs to avoid the downsides of customer loyalty incentives.)

Ground Transportation
If you only have carry-on luggage, you can skip the cab and take public transportation to the hotel, such as subways, trolleys or buses. With the money you save, you can upgrade to a suite when you arrive.

Checked Luggage Fees
Not only can you get charged if your checked-luggage is over the weight limit, but many domestic carriers now charge for even the first piece of luggage that you check. When you decide to go parasailing on a whim, you'll appreciate that you earned the money by saving on your luggage.

Suprisingly, carry-on luggage is not weighed. As long as your bag fits size dimensions, you are good to go. And if you can't get everything you want into one bag, use your personal item wisely. A second piece of carry-on luggage is allowed in the form of a purse, laptop case or backpack. Stuff your purse into your backpack for optimum use of your baggage allowance. (Have fun on a budget, read 7 Ways To Save On Summer Getaways.)

Skipping High-End Dinners
Especially if you're traveling with someone, you may want one of your carry-on bags to be a garment bag to hang your fancier clothes. But with less space to bring extra outfits, you'll have a lighter vacation. You'll spend more time relaxing by the pool and less time emptying your bank account at high-end restaurants.

The overall purpose of a vacation is to relax and get away from stresses in your everyday life. Whether you end up spending the money you would have spent on bringing large suitcases on your vacation - or you just keep the money in your bank account - you won't have the extra baggage of overloaded credit cards from vacation spending when you get home.

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