Where ever you find me when I travel, you find my favorite ultimate suitcase, the MEI Convertible. It has become my trusty travel companion and I highly recommend it. I have had this bag for over 15 years, with nary a tear or scuff.
It converts to a comfortable backpack with a waist-belt and shoulder pads. I have walked miles with this pack. You can stow the straps away and use the side shoulder strap or handle to change the bag to a standard suitcase.
It is small and malleable – fitting under your seat on nearly any plane or on overhead rack on a bus. It fits smaller adults, such as me, quite well. I recommend it for adventure cruises where space is minimal such as on our Turquoise Coast Odyssey.
The MEI convertible bag is high-quality, USA-made by a small company in California, Genuine Gear. It seems to be impervious to damage even after months and months of non-stop use in the most remote and dirty destinations!
It is easy to organize without too many pockets. I put books in one front pocket and valuable items in the other than secure the pocket with a small combination lock. The smaller pockets are great for papers, cords and small items you would like easy access to.
Finally, the cost is low at $100.
If you are looking for a convenient, quality bag, try MEI. Even my cat likes my bag. She tried to go with me on my last trip to India, but had to stay home.