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Have Bags, Will Travel: Trips and Tales - Memoirs of an Over-Packer

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  19 reviews
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 tre ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published September 18th 2015 by D.G. Kaye (first published September 17th 2015)
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Robbie Cheadle
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 por ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read a book that could have been written about you? D.G. Kaye did just that.
Case#1 – She’s a shopaholic. Well, I love to shop, though maybe not as much as she does. Christmas shopping, back to school shopping, birthdays, anniversaries – I could shop for days on end. I love buying gifts for others, furniture for our home, the list is endless. The author loves to buy so much more, in fact shoes are her favorite shopping item. The problem is she shops when she travels and has to have
D. Peach
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have Bags, Will Travel is a cute memoir by a woman who loves to shop while she travels. Kaye provides a humorous look at the travails of international shopping including airline luggage restrictions, security line challenges, and the custom's gauntlet, which seems to snag her every time. I had to chuckle at Kaye's descriptions of the leather shoe line-up in customs, maneuvering inside a plane's tiny restroom, unpacking and repacking to get through security, as well as the lengths she goes to av ...more
Colleen M. Chesebro
Have Bags, Will Travel is a humorous memoir written by the transcendent shopper and traveler, Canadian author, D.G. Kaye. Be prepared for hilarity as she relates her travails with customs agents and international flights, while she bemoans the capacity limits of her baggage. 

Her love of shopping is a recurring theme in her writing resulting in some of the funniest pieces in the book. Imagine you and your best friend traipsing all over Paris, literally wearing holes in the soles of your shoes whi
Terri Schrandt
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I love about this novella-length book beside the fact that it’s a fast, entertaining read, is Kaye’s hilarious look inward at herself and her serious addiction to shopping. Her book reads like a series of fun blog posts, highlighting her signature, conversational style, while sharing useful travel information!
A seasoned traveler (well, except the over-packing part—but life is short, right?), Kaye deftly reminisces her early days of travel when life was simple and “travel was a joy.” (Before
Carol Balawyder
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Be prepared to have your heart chuckling and your lips smiling as you read through D.G. Kaye’s delightful travel adventures. Although the main theme of the book is on her affection for shopping it’s also a memoir like no other as she holds your hand and guides you through her trips to Paris, London, Greece, Venezuela and Vegas. You meet her friends who are almost as zany as she is while she ponders on the good old days of travelling and her sadness to see the old charm of her beloved Vegas fade ...more
Lisa Thomson
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiography
This was a fun, short 'read-along' with D.G. Kaye's travels, in the hey days of glamorous airline service, and an old Vegas that has since lost her innocence. I really enjoy D.G. Kaye's memoir style writing and feel as though she is one of my besties, so it's no surprise that I enjoyed this travel memoir. I only wish it had been longer. I also wish that I could go on her next trip with her, although I'm certain she would insist I pack some of her shopping wares (likely shoes) but it would be wor ...more
Olga Miret
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Therapeutic for travellers as it shows you it could be worse! Although I’ve been travelling more than I used to in recent years, mostly for family reasons, I cannot say I’m a seasoned traveller or one who knows all the tricks of the trade. I get annoyed by the queues at the airport, like most of us, and I always discover I’ve left something in my hand luggage that shouldn’t be there, even after checking.
Reading this book I realised that perhaps I shouldn’t complain. I am not obsessed with germs
Diane McGyver
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The opening sections had me nodding my head and smiling. Germs. While I’m not as obsessive about them as D. G. Kaye, I am a faithful hand-washer. Years ago, I began using my shirt, jacket or the paper towel I dried my hands with to open public washroom doors. I thought I was the only one who did this until I read Johnny Depp also did. And now I read Kaye does the same.

Kaye explains how air travel has changed over the years with new regulations, restrictions and lack of comfort. It’s not for the
John Maberry
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
In reviewing Have Bags, Will Travel I must first confess that I have never been a woman, at least in this lifetime. That, not to put to0 much of a sexist spin on it, means I don’t have the shopping gene. Still, having watched countless movies and TV shows over a lifetime—and read a few books as well, I am familiar with the whole shopping zeitgeist. Then too, I have had the experience of traveling hither and yon. Not having the shopping gene has saved me from some of the travel travails that D.G. ...more
Jena Henry
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author D. G. Kaye begins her “humorous memoir of an over-packer” with this question: “What’s more exciting than going on vacation?”
For me, the answer to that question is- just about everything is more exciting and pleasurable to me than traveling. However, I love to read travel memoirs and this is good one!
D. G. Kaye begins by describing the simpler times when traveling was a joy and she could head to hot, sunny, places with good shopping and prices. You will chuckle and smile as she describes h
Chris The Story Reading Ape
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Germs, shoes, luggage weights, a Red Head and a Blonde in Paris, plus lots of other topics covered in this series of hilarious snippets from the travelling life of the author.

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Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After years of working in the travel industry I can only second many of Kaye's pointed observations and comic descriptions of travels past and present. Much of what we endure to travel these days seems to defy logic and Kaye has a qitty way of putting things as well as a sharp, observing mind.
There are many hilarious moments as the author is stuck in customs at an airport in Venezuela, Canada or out in London and the Champs Elysee. Very enjoyable, pretty accurate and useful, thanks to the many
Nicholas Rossis
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As it happens, I read this in an airplane, so I had to chuckle at the many similarities between my reality and Kaye's pointed remarks. To me, reading it was the equivalent of eavesdropping into a girls' night, listening to their stories and hearing them laugh at silly things they've done. All this in a warm and smiling context that doesn't take itself too seriously.
This is a light easy read with some nice cameos about the places Kaye has travelled.

Well, actually, the cameos are more about the places Kaye has bought shoes from and tried to avoid paying excess baggage and/or duty when she returns home to Canada.

I liked the nostalgia for when travel by air was so much easier. Reminded me of a flight from India to Thailand when you could easily grab five middle seats to yourself and have a good night’s sleep.

Kaye makes some pertinent and salient points about t
Cherryls Books
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This might have been one of the shortest books I’ve read in a while, with some of the chapters being only two pages long, in fact I was really disappointed when I saw how thin it was, but as they say – size isn’t everything, and it was way better than I expected.

If you're team 'never travel light' you'll find a lot of comfort in this book.

This shopaholic author chats away about her travel traumas, random experiences and funny thoughts; it’s as though she’s sitting with you in your living room ha
Sarah Brentyn
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I laughed out loud at many of the author’s experiences of the perils of traveling. Going through security and customs. Aisles too narrow to avoid smacking seated passengers in the face with your carry-on. Her hilarious airplane bathroom “ritual”, which is something a lot of us perform. (Or perhaps it’s just me.) Which brings me to the section on germs. I laughed as much over Kaye’s descriptions as I did over the memory of doing many of these same things. I love her decision to call germaphobic c ...more
Debbie Harris
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book and can relate to some of the issues. I have never been an over-packer of this magnitude as I always ensure I can comfortably carry my own luggage. I do like to shop and understand the difficulties this can create. I liked the personal stories and laughed along with the author. I've never been to many of the places she has written about so I enjoyed her descriptions. A good easy read.
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Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful book is all about travelling!

The author writes with a deft quick-witted skill of her numerous adventures and misadventures whilst travelling with many problems involving her purchases abroad and trying to return them home. Her powers of persuasion should have landed her a job on the diplomatic crop!

Within the light-hearted elements, there are however profound and moving snippets from her various trips, I particularly enjoyed learning how Las Vegas, a popular destination for
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D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

Kaye writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and the lessons that were taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome some of the many obstacles that challenged her. From an emot