To travel is better than to arrive, to paraphrase Robert Louise Stevenson, and while on balance I’d probably rather be on a sandy beach in the Seychelles than clock-watching in an airport lounge (unless it’s the luxurious Concorde Room at Heathrow Terminal 5 – I could spend all day there), I can see where he was coming from. It’s all about the anticipation that comes with it – the prospect of a good holiday stretching out in front of you, rather than receding from view in the rear mirror, that apparently makes us the happiest. Which is probably why the sight of a neatly assembled collection of Globe-Trotter luggage in the flagship Albermarle Street boutique just the other week practically made my heart skip a beat. It is that heady mix of heritage, tradition and craftsmanship – the brand was established in 1897 and its client list includes Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Winston Churchill and HM Queen Elizabeth II – that makes it the very definition of hand-crafted, luxury luggage. Put it this way, you wouldn’t want a Globe-Trotter trolley case to go missing on the baggage carousel.
In the next couple of weeks I shall be off on my honeymoon, and while its destination is still a surprise (I have a suspicion it’s Italy but the groom-to-be isn’t letting on), I can’t help getting a little excited about the prospect of packing our cases and heading off. In the meantime, here are some of my picks of the best of British luggage out there to whisk you off to foreign climes in style. Happy travels!
SHOP TRAVEL LUGGAGE
1. Globe-Trotter Safari trolley case, £1,150. Buy now
2. Eddie Harrop Voyager weekend bag, £650. Buy now
3. Liberty London Regent weekend bag, £650. Buy now
4. Mulberry four-wheel trolley, £895. Buy now
5. Globe-Trotter Cruise trolley case, £1,150. Buy now