17 Nov2015

What?! A Backpack?!!

by Marketman

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I am one of those folks that travel with more traditional “hand carry” or “overnight” bags. I don’t like the practical roll-on bags (though I do own one) and would rather hassle with a proper bag filled with proper travel goodies. It’s just a thing. See an old post on the matter, here. Having said that, I admit to having some of the whackiest stuff INSIDE my luggage, here. And perhaps the most I have ever transported/sent from one trip really did go over the top when we reached roughly half a ton of materiel, here. Over the years, readers have reacted to themed sprees like these ones on shoes/sandals from Florence, New York, Marrakech, Madrid, Athens and Barcelona. But recent trips haven’t been about things, but rather, just new experiences. So we are heading out on a little adventure to Bond country. It’s a place neither Mrs. MM nor I have ever been. And we will be there for just a few days, a detour on our way to seeing our daughter and family for Thanksgiving in New York. And yes, I am lugging a backpack, because, well, it just seems more “Bond” at the moment. I just hope they don’t plant any bullets on me in the Manila airport. Hahaha. My current survey to the right gives you 8 possible locations, care to register a guess? :)



  1. Cwid says:


    Nov 17, 2015 | 4:10 pm


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  3. Betchay says:

    So how did you survive the ” tanim bala scam”? I couldn’t help but wrap my bag in plastic wrap with all zippers in duct tape just to be sure :)

    Nov 17, 2015 | 4:13 pm

  4. ami says:

    The first thing I thought of while reading this post was I hope you don’t fall victim to the tanim bala scam.
    Let’s see. If you’re only carrying a backpack for this trip then I would rule out Austria, Italy and Russia from the choices since you need warm clothes for those places at this time of the year. You’ve been to Turkey so that’s out too. Brazil and India seems to be too much of an effort to get to just as a stopover of a couple of days enroute to New York. I don’t think Haiti has recovered from the devastating earthquake that they had some years ago. My guess is Jamaica since your backpack can fit in trunks, flipflops and sunscreen which is basically the essentials for a beach holiday.

    Nov 17, 2015 | 4:26 pm

  5. Karina says:

    Nice choice of backpack!

    Nov 17, 2015 | 5:37 pm

  6. Marketman says:

    ami, I am amazed by your powers of elimination, but I have to say, we have 5 pieces of checked baggage! :)

    Nov 17, 2015 | 6:43 pm

  7. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    Switzerland ?

    Nov 17, 2015 | 11:35 pm

  8. sur says:

    where i just came from: Mexico City aka Distrito Federal. go to Merotoro and Azul and El Pescadito and Rosetta [all YELP-ables]

    Nov 18, 2015 | 1:46 am

  9. Footloose says:

    If you are eventually heading to join family in the US for Thanksgiving, you are most likely detouring to Jamaica, the site of Dr. No, the first of what has now become “the franchise.” Knowing you through this blog alone, you’ve probably booked one of the villas in Goldeneye, the Ian Fleming (and therefore, 007) themed resort.

    I worked for a long time with a Jamaican boss who introduced me to Jamaican cooking which I found awesome, straightforward and piquant although I adore the Jamaican blue mountain coffee beans and (21 year old) Appleton Estate rum that he repeatedly brought back for me even more, the pitiful husky Jamaican mangoes he smuggled through the Canadian customs not quite.

    Nov 18, 2015 | 9:07 pm

  10. Natie says:

    Wow! This site is better than Yelp and trip advisor.. I am just so so glad you’re posting again!

    Nov 18, 2015 | 10:18 pm

  11. ami says:

    I’d still stick with Jamaica as its distance to the US makes sense as a side trip. Stay safe MM and family, heard that ISIS just released a video threatening NYC.

    Nov 19, 2015 | 12:21 pm

  12. marilen says:

    Jamaica, it is !! Safe travels. Happy Thanksgiving.

    Nov 19, 2015 | 12:44 pm

  13. marilen says:

    Enjoyed being directed to your previous posts – hahaha, fresh produce in the maleta one trip, tons of leather shoes the next.

    Nov 19, 2015 | 12:54 pm

  14. diane says:

    that is one handsome backpack MM!

    Nov 20, 2015 | 10:12 am

  15. diane says:

    What are the top features that you look for when choosing a backpack for travel?

    Nov 20, 2015 | 10:13 am

  16. Marketman says:

    diane, lighter than usual but durable material, lots of pockets/compartments for stuff, padding for my laptop, etc. I didn’t know it when I bought the backpack, but apparently this one has a 25 year warranty… ?!? That’s confidence in their product…

    Nov 20, 2015 | 11:23 am

  17. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Nov 20, 2015 | 10:16 pm


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