Took this pack to Europe for some solo-adventuring. I nearly took my beat up old Ariel and am so happy that I splurged on a new travel bag. It's surprisingly comfortable worn as a pack. I opted out of waiting for the bus on several occasions in both Paris and Bordeaux because walking was so easy and comfortable. It handles well as a duffel too thanks to the thick handle. The day pack is super convenient though only appropriate for light loads. I'm not a particularly light a traveler but this pack was more than adequate for a month of touring. Highly recommended!