No Baggage – The Book


I read this book written by Clara Bensen.  I think I had high hopes based on the description from her website.

“Newly recovered from a quarter-life meltdown, Clara Bensen decided to test her comeback by signing up for an online dating account. She never expected to meet Jeff, a wildly energetic university professor with a reputation for bucking convention. They barely know each other’s last names when they agree to set out on a risky travel experiment spanning eight countries and three weeks. The catch? No hotel reservations, no plans, and best of all, no baggage.”

I had hoped for an awesome travel story, but instead got short descriptions of some of their adventures and long stories about their life philosophy.  It seemed like for them, travel was a race across countries with the intention of annoying the native population as much as possible.  And what great lovers of travel would actively look to cut their vacation short by actively seeking out a flight that leaves a day earlier than planned?  Travel should be about marvelous experiences that show up unexpectedly, and not about being drug along by one of the most annoying people on the planet.  I think for her next book she should travel alone and enjoy the little things that make other countries full of wonder.

No Baggage


Would you do this?  Clara Bensen from Austin met someone on OKCupid (a story in itself as this dude lived in a dumpster for a year) and then they decided to take a three week summer trip to Europe with the clothes on their back and a few necessities stuffed in pockets and a purse.  On the flight out, a flight attendant asked a great question – “What will you wear when you’re washing your clothes?”  Anyway, she survived and wrote a book about her adventures.  I think I know what I am reading next when I finish the one I am working on now.  If I get a chance to catch them in Austin, I will let you know what happens. For now, I am thinking about planning a trip somewhere.