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Look chic with lightweight travel bags

The message the airlines seem to be sending out, with all their additional baggage charges, is travel light. Travel bags can be very versatile, and if you have mastered the art of packing, you might be able to get everything you need for that city break into your carry-on bag.

Whether you shop online or in store, Debenhams (debenhams.com) has an impressive range of travel bags. Their cabin luggage section has some great offers on stylish but practical luggage.

The Orla Kiely medium trolley bag is the ideal solution for travellers who like to let the wheels do the work. It's a lightweight bag, with a retractable trolley handle, packing straps, internal zip compartments and a combination lock. The capacity is an impressive 40 litres. This comes in a grey-cream design and is marked down to £89.99 from an original price of £154.99, with free UK delivery.

For a nostalgic throwback to the golden era of travel, why not snap up a retro Pan Am travel bag? The airline may be defunct, but that minimalist globe logo still carries a romantic resonance. The air crew may even give you one of those dazzling 1960s smiles when they see you carrying this bag. Amazon (amazon.co.uk) has Pan Am branded travel bags, in a simple shoulder satchel style, at £39.99.

The specialist site at bagsdirect.com offers a wide selection of travel bags. Their Antler Zee Trolley backpack is the clever solution for those weekend hiking or mountaineering breaks. The wheels come into their own when you are heading through a terminal en route to your gate. Out on the trails it reverts to a rugged rucksack format, with adjustable compartments, zippers that won't rust in the rain, and a combination padlock for security. These retail at £79.19.

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