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travel light

Take little baggage; also, be relatively free of responsibilities or deep thoughts, as in I can be ready in half an hour; I always travel light, or I don't want to buy a house and get tied down; I like to travel light, or It's hard to figure out whom they'll attack next, because ideologically they travel light. The literal use dates from the 1920s, the figurative from the mid-1900s.
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  • I can ill afford to leave it, for I travel light in such matters.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • We're riding to win to-night, Dandy and I, and must travel light.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
  • The tent they had discarded at Dyea in order to travel light.

    The Call of the Wild Jack London
  • And I do not complain, for today we travel light, with many things not in our packs.

    At Plattsburg

    Allen French
  • We're riding to win tonight, Dandy and I, and must travel light.

  • But I say we must buy grub, and they say we must travel light and fast.

    Love of Life Jack London
  • As it was impossible to travel light with two bears, isnt it much better the way we arranged it, girls?

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Of course we can easily add anything you want but I remember you wrote me that you wanted to travel light.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • All Nipponese travel light, and tea money is to be judged by outward appearance.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville

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