I just returned from three weeks in South America, using this pack as my primary luggage. The other pack was a small Osprey ultra light for only my purse type things and daily outings. Fully packed the Fairview 40 weighed 18 pounds and was the perfect carryon for every plane trip taken and one of those was on a very small plane with strict weight restrictions. I could not have asked for a better travel companion than the Osprey Fairview 40 and four packing cubes. I was always organized, always ready and could handle the pack on my back, with a shoulder strap or using the handles. The Osprey was even complimented by a guide. Great pack for any kind of travel!