#Bookreview – Have Bags, Will Travel by D.G. Kaye

Have Bags, Will Travel: Trips and Tales — Memoirs of an Over-Packer by [Kaye, D.G.]

What Amazon says

D.G. Kaye is back, and as she reflects on some of her more memorable vacations and travel snags, she finds herself constantly struggling to keep one step ahead of the ever-changing guidelines of the airlines–with her overweight luggage in tow. Her stories alert us to some of the pitfalls of being an obsessive shopper, especially when it comes time for D.G. to bring her treasures home, and remind us of the simpler days when traveling was a breeze.

My review

This amusing memoir by D.G. Kaye is all about the difficulties faced by a shopaholic whose idea of travel centers largely around shopping and getting all her fantastic purchases home without paying excess baggage costs. I could relate to this book really well because I am both of the things the author is; I am a germ fanatic and I love to shop. My shopping also comprises of bulky objects because I collect antique and vintage dolls and books. Have you ever tried to pack three teddy bears, two porcelain dolls, gifts for everyone you know and about twenty vintage books into your return suitcase without it being overweight? I have so I can relate to D.G. Kaye’s weakness for shoes and having to get them back home.

I really laughed at the descriptions of trying to make do with the tiny bathroom facilities on an overnight flight without touching anything. I recently bought my Aunt, who was travelling overnight to Dubai, a pair of soft slippers to wear on the aeroplane so that she would not get dirty socks.

D.G. Kaye has traveled to some interesting places, and it was entertaining to read about some of them and see them through the eyes of a shopper who is focusing mainly on what she can buy. Her reflections on Las Vegas, a city I have never visited, were particularly interesting.

A lovely book which is a light and amusing read.

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54 thoughts on “#Bookreview – Have Bags, Will Travel by D.G. Kaye

  1. We were in a hired car in Italy, visiting Deruta, home town of beautiful pottery. I had the urge to buy dozens of Sunflower covered plates and bowls, till I was reminded we actually had to go home on an aeroplane.
    I would be most interested in the reflections on Las Vegas as we have relatives staying there and are aiming for a visit – I think I will invest in a pair of soft slippers for the flight.

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  2. Enjoyed the review Robbie. Can totally relate to it. Will definitely pick this one up. I always end up buying an extra suitcase in the destination I have traveled to, to pack all that I have managed to pick up. Each time I tell myself that I should pack lesser stuff while going so I can fill my suitcase on the return but it somehow never works:(

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  3. A great review but not a habit I have..I travel light and buy little…I very rarely see anything which really speaks to me and says buy me…I am a really fussy shopper 🙂 But a great review 🙂

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  4. Robbie, what a delightful surprise to scroll through my Twitter feed and find your review. As you know I’m away not reading blogs, but of course I had to pop in to thank you.
    When I return I will feature your review in a post. Thanks again. Hugs! 🙂

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      1. Thanks so much again Robbie. It’s truly paradise here. What I thought would be a quiet relaxing holiday has turned into a relaxing but very social holiday with the many new friends I’ve made. Seems as though margaritas are taking over work time LOL 🙂

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  5. Might have to check this out as a fun non-thinking book as I can relate: I could relate to this book really well because I am both of the things the author is; I am a germ fanatic and I love to shop. !!

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