I always remember fondly the time when I bought the Tom Bihn Western Flyer. It was a great time. I was planning a long break from work, and I wanted to travel a country well and go from place to place, without worrying that the trip would be ruined or delayed if my luggage were lost in transit.
I was on the onebag.com website and the promise of travelling light got me well hooked. In the end, I decided on something that had the option of backpack straps. It was what onebag.com called dual purpose.
Looks-wise, I thought the Tom Bihn one suited me the most – business-like without looking too expensive or garish, and not too manly. Also, I figured that I would not be able to carry too much anyway.
By now, you should be able to find many, many reviews of the bag, with photos showing just how much space the interior of the bag contains. The above is a picture I took when I reached my homestay in Sun Moon Lake. The brown bag next to the Western Flyer (upright) is a A4-size bag.
Though I did not manage to fit everything into one bag (because I had my laptop with me, and that meant the cameras had to fit into the smaller bag), I really loved not needing to wait at the baggage carousel, and being able to walk straight out of the airport. I don’t know what I carried with me in those bags, but maybe courage flew in at some point, because on that trip, one good decision was made. :)
I now can’t do a one-bag trip anymore, unless we are doing a staycation or a trip within Southeast Asia. But the Western Flyer did earn the approval of the other half when we first used it on a trip together. (I only managed to have it packed because it could pack flat and yet held the promise of space.) The other half did admit eventually that the Western Flyer was really quite useful.
It is but a quirk of fate that I associate the Western Flyer with such a positive feeling. From time to time, I go back to the Tom Bihn website and wonder if they have something new. Even if they don’t (they don’t), I look at the catalogue and wonder if I could add something to my travel bag collection. Perhaps I can buy something for the other half?