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Welcome to Travel Made Simple. I’m Ali, and I believe packing less stuff gives me more freedom when I travel. And you can do it too.

I’ve been traveling since I was a teenager, and through decades of travel experience, I learned that lugging around a giant suitcase with my entire wardrobe in it really weighed me down. Pun intended.

In my 20s, I decided to try traveling with only carry on luggage. And I LOVED it! No more waiting around for my checked bags when I got off the plane, no more worrying about my suitcase getting lost, no more heavy luggage to drag down cobbled streets and up several flights of stairs.

Now I’ve been traveling this way for more than 15 years. I’ve done everything from a long weekend to a couple of weeks to several months with only carry on bags.

This site is loaded with tips from my travel experience and my expert travel packing advice to help you travel better. Even if you’re not ready to give up your checked bag, you’ll find lots of helpful info for packing and traveling smarter.

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Ali Garland author box detailsAli Garland is a travel packing expert who loves to explore the world. She has 20 years of experience traveling with only carry on bags. On Travel Made Simple, she shares her best tips for packing less, dealing with layovers, and more tips that will help you have the best vacation. Originally from the US, she now lives in Berlin with her husband and their Yorkie. Read more about Ali here.

Ali Garland author box details
Ali Garland is a travel packing expert who loves to explore the world. She has 20 years of experience traveling with only carry on bags. On Travel Made Simple, she shares her best tips for packing less, dealing with layovers, and more tips that will help you have the best vacation. Originally from the US, she now lives in Berlin with her husband and their Yorkie. Read more about Ali here.