Santo Brasca, a 15th century writer of travel tips for pilgrims
headed to the Holy Land, offered this advice: "The traveler should
carry with him two bags, one right full of patience and the other
containing 200 Venetian ducats."
Europeans bound for the Holy Land five centuries ago invariably
traveled through Venice, the jumping-off point where men became
rich by using their boats to ferry pilgrims and their belongings
across the Adriatic.
Whatever our destination, we 20th century travelers -- almost
21st century -- still should carry one bag "right full of
patience," as we resign ourselves to coping with delayed flights,
lost luggage and carry-on bags that are rejected by gate attendants
just prior to boarding, which is a particularly aggravating
If it is any consolation, the 15th century pilgrims paid
Venetian shipowners by the pound for every bag of food or clothing
they wanted to bring with them. If they didn't have enough ducats,
their belongings were left at the dock.
Maybe the airlines should try that approach.