The mission, should I choose to accept it (which I did): five European countries, three weeks, a team of three, and full work regalia including a 360-degree camera…
The challenge: With every piece of luggage I own – including my onboard wheelie bag – loaded up and destined for the bowels of our Qatar Airlines flight, I needed to find myself a chic leather duffle bag that I could use as carry-on luggage, but that would be durable enough to last beyond our epic European voyage.
There was only one thing for it: time to hit the worldwide inter-webs…
What Dr Google came up with was Wanderers Travel Co, which is the brainchild of Australian husband and wife duo, Ben and Alissa. Inspired by an anniversary trip to Italy they’ve created a range of the most beautiful soft leather goods designed to accompany globetrotting wanderers on their adventures across the globe.
A few minutes browsing their website and all of a sudden I’d developed an urgent need for a new toiletries bag, a leather passport holder, a bag for keeping all my bits and pieces together – basically an online shopping splurge!
I mixed and matched the colours – black, tan and blush (my unexpected obsession with blush continues) – because they are mix-and-match-able and, quite frankly, I couldn’t choose!
Unlike many travel toilet bags the Wanderers bag is spacious enough to take full sized products so between that, and the bits-and-pieces bags, I managed to seriously over pack.
There was high excitement when the bag delivery arrived. The bags are worth buying just for the beautiful packaging which includes divine tissue paper printed with a map of the world.
The duffle ended up being the most incredible bag I’ve ever owned (whoops-a-daisy I carried 15 kilograms of hand luggage with me on every leg of the trip)! They did the entire journey without a mark on them or a pull in the stitching despite the heavy burden they bore!
I bought a beautiful crystal hammer in Paris (there will be more to come on that shop in a future article). Because it was decorative I decided it would be less likely to get damaged if I packed it my hand luggage.
Guess what??? In a shock development, airport security in Paris wasn’t keen on my carrying a hammer onto the plane with me – crystal or no crystal.
It was such a Griswolds Family Vacation moment. I had one security guard saying: “you have a hammer???” and another saying: “oie, but it is crystal…” and the other saying: “oie, but it is a hammer…” Oh how we laughed!
I had that awful fear of loss moment where I had to decide whether to give up my new-found treasure to them or whether – with 20 minutes to go until take off – to go back to the check in desk, tackle the queue, and check it in. I sweated on it for a few minutes: “do I…don’t I”???
Now I haven’t run since 2016 but before I knew it I was sprinting the wrong way through the airport, traversing the travelers, thinking: “actually, I could take up running again!
I was mortified that I was going to surrender my beautiful blush duffle bag to the vagaries of below-deck travel, but it came out on the conveyer belt the other end in Greece with not a mark on it. I think I’ve found my life-long travel companion.
Now, I have to make it clear that this isn’t a paid or promotional post – I purchased the bags at full price from the Wanderers Travel Co website – I just absolutely love this Australian brand so much I was inspired to write about them. From the packaging to the colour selection to the quality of the manufacturing, they’ve just got it so right.