For this trip, the cute little red roll-on suitcase pictured above, was all that I took with me along with one small shoulder bag that fit under the seat. It's amazing how quickly you can get through customs when you don't have to claim any luggage.
There was one other new thing I tried on this recent trip. Instead of booking a hotel in London, I tried that relatively new service called Airbnb. It's a service that matches people looking for a short-term place to stay with people who have rooms or apartments to rent. In my case, I booked a room in someone's home. The photo above was taken in my room on the morning I was leaving to return home. The room was comfortable and I had my own bathroom to use. My hosts were very friendly and helpful and I must say, I enjoyed their company while I was there.
Another great thing about traveling light was that when I arrived in London, I got on the underground with my bag, changed lines at one point and got off at my destination station and then followed the directions to place I was staying. No fighting with a huge suitcase and no expensive taxis. It was so easy and had the added benefit of giving me a great feeling of accomplishment.
Another added convenience was my great little Nikon Coolpix camera. I only have to take one camera with me and no extra lenses. It does it all, excellent telephoto, wide angle, macro, and a variety of settings that let me take just about any type of exposure I wanted.
So my new motto when I travel, simplify, simplify!