We’re starting a new series where we interview traveling ladies about their suitcases. The first one comes from Heather Cole and is all about her Trip Holiday III luggage.
Hi, I’m Heather. World traveller, amateur photographer, writer, baker of the best chocolate tiffin in the world, and more recently the blogger behind The Conversant Traveller. I haven’t given up my day job to travel the world, and have both a mortgage and a husband to manage, but still spend most of my spare time exploring new countries or planning the next big adventure. We’ve recently snorkelled with sea lions in the Galapagos, been up to our thighs in mud in Borneo, learnt to love mint tea in Morocco, and been in the middle of a drug smuggling shoot-out in Lesotho. Until a few years ago all of this was undertaken with our trusty backpacks in tow. Then I discovered the delights of a suitcase…
Tell us about your suitcase brand, style and price.
The suitcase in question is a Tripp Holiday III. It has a hard case (to protect our haul of souvenirs!) and is teal in colour (to match pretty much all my clothing, since style does matter, even on your travels!!). I have a medium one (£55) which is plenty big enough for checked baggage for a trip of up to a month, and also a small carry-on, in matching teal of course, (£39) which complies with budget airline cabin bag restrictions.
>> The Tripp Holiday III collection has been discontinued, but you can get the Holiday 4 series on the Tripp website. This is a UK brand.
Spinner or roller?
One of the great things about my case is the spinner wheels – it has FOUR of them, which means I don’t even have to pull it behind me. It just trundles along quite happily on all wheels, with just the lightest of touches and direction from me. The metal handle is collapsible and even sturdy enough to perform a few pirouettes on airport forecourts!
What made you choose your brand and style of suitcase?
Making the transition from the much loved backpack (adorned with hundreds of worn flag badges and assorted patches of dirt) to a suitcase was quite traumatic for me. The new luggage had to be a little bit different to all the other boring black cases out there, and had to stand out on the luggage carousel without needing e a pathetic bit of limp pink ribbon attached as an identifier. It also needed to be tough enough to look after all the ridiculous souvenirs we tend to purchase before thinking about how to transport them home (think gongs, delicate 2 foot wooden giraffes, canvas oil paintings, glass water decanters etc.).
What features of this luggage do you love? Are there any you would like to see changed or improved?
The integral combination lock is unique, and means you don’t need to take a padlock to keep things secure. I love the zip pockets in the internal compartment divider, great for keeping all the boarding passes and paperwork together. It’s also really sturdy, and even survived a week of trauma on Rome’s cobbled streets. The only downside is that it’s not particularly light due to having the hard exterior, so this takes up some of your weight allowance on flights.
Can you take it as carry-on luggage?
The small case is just the right size for carry on, just don’t fill it with heavy gear as it already weighs just over 3 kgs.
What sort of traveler and trip is this suitcase perfect for?
The great thing about this case is it’s versatility. Equally perfect for gliding along the side-walks of the Champs Élysées, and for keeping your clothes sand-free in the Sahara, this case can go anywhere!
>> Remember to choose your luggage according to your trip and travel style. A person who loves to bring back unique souvenirs, like Heather here, will probably enjoy the benefits of a hard suitcase. Someone who wants maneuverability will prefer a backpack, and a smaller one at that.
Would you recommend this suitcase to other traveling females?
Definitely! Not only does my case score on a practical level, it also makes me feel stylish, even when rushing to catch a rickety bus in the middle of nowhere having not showered or slept for a couple of days. I wouldn’t travel anywhere without it!
About the author: Heather Cole is the 30-something British blogger behind The Conversant Traveller, featuring her wanderings and wonderings, with travel tips and humorous observational writing from the road. You can follow her adventures on her blog, and also on Facebook.
*All images provided by Heather Cole.