Help! 3 weeks in Europe - trains, planes and no idea what luggage to use
Hi, all! I'm a Tom Bihn addict, but thus far Tom has been supplying my every day carry and carry-on needs. When my wife and I have traveled around the US and the Caribbean, I've used a Western Flyer as my carry-on, she's used a random backup she's had forever and we each have a pretty generic American Tourister rolling suitcase (so generic that we've covered ours in different colors of duct tape so that people will stop picking it up thinking it's theirs!).
The AT stuff is really starting to show it's age and isn't holding up well, and we've planned a 3 week trip to Europe; we're flying there, doing some travel around Europe via both train and local (budget!) airlines, and then flying back. We're going to stop over in NYC on the way back for a few days, so it's going to be quite a trip. Within Europe we'll be as far north as London and as far south as Venice, and we're going in the fall.
What I'm trying to figure out is - what do I replace the AT stuff with? I always end up having to check a bag even for a one week trip, so I'm thinking there's no way I'll get down to carry-on-only for a 3 week trip. But all of Tom's bags seem to be aimed at the carry-on size; am I going to have to (sigh) find another brand for the checked bag? Or is there something I'm missing? Any recommendations?