Hey all! I just found this site yesterday and I can already tell people here have a lot of experience and good sense regarding travelling in different modes, and most of all, everyone seems to be very nice!
This might be a longish post, so I appreciate anyone taking the time to read and post any advice they feel pertinent to my situation. Quick question: should I start a separate thread to present myself to the rest of the forum?
All right...my situation is not urgent or anything, but I want to plan beforehand as much as possible. I was born in Mexico and have lived here for 30 years. My mom is Austrian and I´m in the middle of getting my Austrian citizenship recognized (cross fingers!). I intend to move to Europe next year and study a Masters degree, probably in the Netherlands. I hope I can make the best of the few free weekends I´ll have (that is, if I do have any...) and travel lightly, visiting friends, family and generally backpacking around as much as I can, making the best of the Eurorail, buses, etc. As you can see, my intentions for travelling will not be venturing into the wilderness (I´m a city boy ).
Due to airline restrictions, I can fly with two 62" linear/23 kg(overall) suitcases and a carry on. I have a carry on, which is my laptop backpack by the brand Targus. It´s Ok for everyday use, but it has no fancy features such as an internal frame or durable mesh covers. Suitcases here are expensive and not that good, that´s what got me thinking about military packs/bags. As I mentioned, I have to pack my life in two suitcases/bags and a carry on.
I have been reading a lot online about different options and I´m still overwhelmed by the amount of information and options...I have been interested in the Deuter Quantum travelpack and even replied to another thread. I received some good advice regarding the size of the pack (I thought about the 70/10 L model, but now I´m having second thoughts). I feel I need to mention...there are no good stores carrying internal frame packs, so checking out various models is out for me. Due to this, I´m leaning towards the military bags more and more...
I´ve already gotten rid of a lot of stuff...I have found new homes for my books, CDs, etc. I have few clothes and will need to take as much of them with me, plus buying seasonal stuff over there. I guess I´m trying to find the perfect bags to take as much stuff as I can over there. I doubt I will be getting an internal frame pack as I originally wanted because there are simply none over here to try out.
Ok, this post is more than long enough and I don´t want to bore anyone...any input is highly valued.