Author(s): Clara Bensen
One Dress, Three Weeks, Eight CountriesZero Baggage
Newly recovered from a quarter-life meltdown, Clara Bensen decided to test her comeback by signing up for an online dating account. She never expected to meet Jeff, a wildly energetic university professor with a reputation for bucking convention. They barely know each other s last names when they agree to set out on a risky travel experiment spanning eight countries and three weeks. The catch? No hotel reservations, no plans, and best of all, no baggage.
Clara s story will resonate with adventurers and homebodies alikeit s at once a romance, a travelogue, and a bright modern take on the age-old questions: How do you find the courage to explore beyond your comfort zone? Can you love someone without the need for labels and commitment? Is it possible to truly leave your baggage behind?
Clara Bensen is the author of the Salon.com article entitled "The Craziest OKCupid Date Ever" that went viral in 2013 and was read by more than half a million people. The story of her luggage-less adventure attracted major national and international attention, with coverage in USA Today, and appearances on The View, Fox News. No Baggage has also been optioned by New Line cinemas. Clara and her boyfriend Jeff are still together, and have made two subsequent no-baggage trips, to South America and the Caucuses. They live in Austin, Texas.