Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ten Year Guarantee. Not!

Pile of old luggage on the platform.
photo by hilldreamer

If you buy a set of luggage in the United States, it often comes with a 10-year guarantee. This 10-year guarantee is meant for Americans who have an average of two weeks of vacation a year—the least amount of vacation time in the western world.

If you move to Europe, where people have four to six weeks of vacation, the luggage you bought stateside now has more like a three to five-year guarantee. Remember this before you start blaming your beat up bag on Samsonite. Because maybe you should blame yourself.

Travel freak.

Takes one to know one. Last week, while vacuuming her Swiss apartment, Writer Abroad found a zipper handle on her carpet. It was from her luggage whose last and now final resting place will be Swiss Bunker That Is Her Basement.

Yep. Another one bites the dust. But Writer Abroad couldn’t be more pleased.

Writer Abroad thinks that having a dilapidated piece of luggage is one of the best things you can show for your life—especially if you’re a writer. She keeps them piled up in Swiss Bunker That Is Her Basement so that she can be reminded of just how much she’s seen of Europe and learned about the United States as a result.

In that spirit, she’s looking forward to her next bag beating. And what do you know, it’s Easter weekend, a four-day weekend here in Switzerland. So along with her travel journal, she’s getting out her newest travel victim. Let’s see what kind of havoc a bit of Slovenia can create on this little Samsonite.

Do you take pride in your beaten up bags? Will you be treating them to a little Easter pounding? Writer Abroad hopes so. She wishes you, your family, and your luggage a very Happy Easter.


  1. This is such a timely post bc the one wheel on my suitcase has worn itself into a heptagon and makes the most awful, head-turning clicking noise whenever I drag it through the airport. Right now it's sitting in the middle of my bedroom, where I stare at it everyday, knowing our adventures have come to an end, but too sentimental to chuck it in the trash. Love your idea of keeping it as a memento! I'll think I'll do the same.

  2. Hi Erika, yeah, I'm a pack rat like that. And suitcases are a bit big to hold on to. But in Switzerland, nothing is free, not even trash. So I prefer to hold on to them for the memories-and for my budget. (At least for now, until they threaten to take over my entire Swiss Bunker Storage Space.)

  3. Chantal - wishing you a happy Easter as well.

    Not only will the LCM tribe be beating up old bags, they will also be putting a brand new one to the test as we head off to warmer climes tomorrow for two weeks.

    Stay posted for how we - and the new bag - fare!

    LCM x

  4. Haha, the handle on my suitcase broke just as I was checking into my hostel when I first got to Sydney. It's a pain, but I kind of feel like it gives it character.

  5. Excellent. Happy Easter and happy travels to all.

  6. Got a Victorinox bag about 6 years ago. It's been through two cross-country US moves, the move to Switzerland, about 2-3 weeks of travel a year for five years and much more travel during the past year in CH, when we hit the road several times a month. YTD: 4 weeks on the road. The bag is still rolling. When traveling like a Swiss, buy Swiss :)

  7. Oh.But buy it (the Swiss Army bag) outside of the CH, where it will cost less. We got ours on sale in the US :)

  8. I've got a Victorinox laptop bag that is still going after 4 years. And yes, I bought it in the States where it was half the price :)

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