Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Have Bags Will Travel,” by Author, D.G. Kaye

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Title: Have Bags Will Travel – Trips and Tales (Memoirs of an Over-packer)

Amazon Author Page: D. G. Kaye

Publication Date: September 16, 2015

Formats: Paperback Kindle

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travelers & Explorers, Memoirs



D.G. Kaye is back, and as she reflects on some of her more memorable vacations and travel snags, she finds herself constantly struggling to keep one step ahead of the ever-changing guidelines of the airlines–with her overweight luggage in tow. Her stories alert us to some of the pitfalls of being an obsessive shopper, especially when it comes time for D.G. to bring her treasures home, and remind us of the simpler days when traveling was a breeze.
In her quest to keep from tipping the scales, D.G. strives to devise new tricks to fit everything in her suitcases on each trip. Why is she consistently a target for Canada customs on her return journeys?
D.G.’s witty tales take us from airports, to travel escapades with best friends, to reflections on how time can change the places we hold dear in our hearts. Her memories will entertain and have you reminiscing about some of your own most treasured journeys–and perhaps make you contemplate revamping your packing strategies.


Have Bags, Will Travel is a humorous memoir written by the transcendent shopper and traveler, Canadian author, D.G. Kaye. Be prepared for hilarity as she relates her travails with customs agents and international flights, while she bemoans the capacity limits of her baggage.

Her love of shopping is a recurring theme in her writing resulting in some of the funniest pieces in the book. Imagine you and your best friend traipsing all over Paris, literally wearing holes in the soles of your shoes while looking for the best deals. A great excuse to buy more shoes, right? Classic D.G. Kaye!

The author shares her adventures in much the same way she would if you were her best friend laughing over a glass of wine. Her voice is genuine, drawing the reader into her escapades. Numerous times, I found myself wishing that I had been on some of these trips with the author… if you could stand all the laughter.

Preparing for a trip? Include this book in your carry on baggage. You’ll be glad you did!


Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

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Author, D.G. Kaye

About the Author:

D.G. Kaye is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir writer who writes about her own life experiences and about how she learned to overcome emotional abuse and low self-esteem. She writes on topics such as: kindness, forgiveness self-growth, and compassion. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When she isn’t writing books, you can find her on her blog at where you’ll find an eclectic mix of life lessons, rants of injustice, writing tips, book reviews, and featured interviews with guest authors. She’s known to inject humor into her work whenever it’s warranted. D.G.’s motto is: Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe.


How to Connect with the Author:



Amazon Author Page

Twitter (Of course there’s a story to this name!)


Wise Intro




Stumbled Upon www.stumbleupon/stumbler/DGKaye




Conflicted Hearts

MenoWhat? A Memoir

Words We Carry

Have Bags, Will Travel

P.S. I Forgive You

Twenty Years After I do

Magical interludeBeam me up! I’m ready for a vacation. Thanks for stopping by to meet D.G. Kaye and to learn about her fun book, Have Bags, Will Travel. 


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About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on
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  2. OK, yes, I need this book to add to my TBR! Can’t wait to laugh about shopping!

  3. Hope you are having a lovely vacation, Colleen!

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  5. Your review is nearly as hilarious as Deb’s book, Colleen 🙂 Brilliant! Hope you’re having a great time on your trip ❤️

  6. Wow, what a beautiful surprise Colleen. Thank you so much for reading, reviewing, and for sharing this review on your beautiful blog – especially while you’re on vacay! <3 <3

  7. Lovely review Colleen.. Congratulations Debby.. hugs to you both ♥

  8. Great review, dear Colleen… This seems to be a great book by Debbie… with funny twists. We can all relate to the principle “Have bags, will travel”, even if we don’t buy lots of things when we travel… I wonder why this happens?… maybe we don’t even notice how much we have bought at the end 😆 love and best wishes 😘

  9. A great review, Colleen. I really enjoyed this book too.

  10. Oh, I enjoyed this one very much. I felt like I knew Debby by the time I’d finished it.

  11. I’ve read this one and totally agree, although, like Ritu, have a few more in my pile! Great review!

  12. Debby’s books all look amazing.. another on my TBR pile!

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