Last week I was listening to ABC Radio National’s Life Matters program and there was an interview with Catharine MacIntosh the founder of a new and coming soon concept – Zero Baggage – where you take no luggage, and hire it all before you leave and it’s waiting at your destination for you. The concept is that:
- No luggage = no lost luggage
- Faster travel experience – no waiting in queues at airports to check luggage or pick it up after your flight.
- No luggage means that planes are lighter, therefore fuel costs are reduced, therefore it’s a greener option (less carbon footprint)
- If you have kids you can hire prams/strollers, car seats etc for your destination – if you’ve ever travalled with small kids, you’ll know they have twice the luggage of an adult (if not more!).
These are the up sides – but what I see as the major downside is:
I for one have to try on every piece of clothing before I buy, and many that look like they’ll work for me don’t fit – so not having an easy to fit body would make me very dubious about using a service like this.
When possible I like to travel light, which reduces my carbon footprint, speeds up the travel process as I don’t have to check luggage, so can be in and out of the airport more quickly – and the major upside is by taking my own clothes I know everything fits. Also, by travelling light and taking only carry-on luggage – I don’t have to worry about having my luggage lost in transit.
What do you think about this as an idea? Would it be something you’d use?
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