Travel Light

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Meaning of Idiom 'Travel Light'

To travel light means to take as little baggage as possible when traveling. Also, to try to avoid responsibilities, problems, or serious thought. 1,2


"It won't take me long to pack. I travel light."

"Why don't you settle down and buy a house?" asked Karen. "I'd prefer to keep renting. I like the travel light," said Trent.

"The way the airlines are always losing baggage, I learned to travel light. Just one carry on bag for me!"


The literal use dates from at least the late 1800's. The figurative use from the early 1900's.

1. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
2. Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.

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