Me and my money: Fionn Davenport
This globetrotter isn't sure about his worst buy but is certain that a travel bag was his best
Published 24/06/2010 | 05:00
TRAVEL writer Fionn Davenport admits he has bought a huge amount of junk over the years.
"I have bought a spectacular amount of useless junk over the years, so it's hard to say which exactly is my biggest spending mistake.
"Is it the mini-disc component for my stereo and portable mini-disc player because I thought that they were definitely going to be the way all music would be listened to in the future?
"Or is it the 1970s Bang & Olufsen turntable I bought in a junk shop in Copenhagen, lovingly wrapped in bubblewrap and transported home in my hands -- paying excess luggage charges at the airport -- only to discover on my arrival that I should have checked if the damn thing actually worked before buying it in the first place?" he said.
"A Tumi shoulder bag was my best ever buy.
"As a travel writer and general consumer of crap, I'm always on the lookout for the 'best' luggage, which doesn't mean the flashiest and most expensive.
"Why would you spend a fortune on a fancy bag that you know will get battered from pillar to post by airport luggage handlers on the way from the airplane to the carousel?
"Tumi luggage is very light, almost impossible to damage and usually black, which means that it can absorb a huge amount of unseen dirt.
"Unfortunately, it's not cheap, so all I've ever been able to afford is a shoulder bag, which has been brilliant: light, waterproof and as durable as old rocks.
"Eating out in restaurants is my biggest ongoing waste of money.
"Having tested this theory extensively over the years, I've come to the conclusion that too much eating out is not just a ridiculous waste of money but it's actually bad for you as it kills that level of enjoyment that comes with going out to eat."
- Fionn Davenport is the presenter of 'Culture Shock' on Newstalk 106-108 and is currently fronting the 'Healthy Travel' campaign advising travellers to seek travel health advice before they go on overseas trips.