Please give me your advice, I'm going round Oz for 3 months (am female).
I have a bad shoulder and get migraines if I carry heavy things.
Obviously I don't want to get any migraines while i'm away and ruin my hols, so can anyone tell me if I'd get away with one of those holdalls with wheels? or shall I risk it and get a decent backpack with built in frames?
How comfy are they really if you are a bit rubbish at carrying things?
Will they let me on buses etc with a holdall on wheels, or is that actually going to hinder me in the long run and make me wish i'd picked the backpack?
Cheers in advance for your help!
I think you will be fine with a holdall on wheels. As I'm small and find backpacks difficult, I have travelled quite a lot with a holdall on wheels (including round Australia) and not found them to be a problem at all. As they tend to be quite big though it can be tempting to take too much, so I'd still try and pack as light as you can.
A roll-on suitcase / bag should be fine. Where backpacks are really handy is going up stairs, on cobbled streets, dirt roads and the likes. In Australia, this probably won't be much of an issue for you. Depending on what you plan to do while you're here of course - obviously hiking won't work with a suitcase on wheels Suitcases on wheels are great for comfortably walking around well-paved cities and towns.
I agree with bex too, pack as light as you can. You'll still have to pick up the thing occasionally.
Might pay you to look at how much you are actually taking rather than how you're going to carry it.
There's several 'lightweight travel' sites around for a good starting point. Gets addictive though.
Thanks guys.... great advice!