Travel tips: Check your luggage
Buying expensive baggage may be among the most foolhardy things a traveler can do. Not only will your beautiful Louis 14th bag get trashed and dented on its maiden voyage, it earmarks you as a traveler who has something worth stealing. Stick with practical and durable luggage that is much more likely to arrive intact. Spend your savings on an extra day in the sun.
Expandable, softsided luggage is your best bet if you’ll be lugging back a load of souvenirs, while hard side bags offer more protection for delicate items. Many people love the back-saving feature of bags with wheels, but remember that some airlines won’t accept responsibility for wheels broken in transit.