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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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  • travel light, so far as your own personal belongings are concerned, lighter than you've ever imagined you could.

    If Your Baby Must Travel in Wartime United States Department of Labor, Children's Bureau
  • 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
  • I can ill afford to leave it, for I travel light in such matters.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 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
  • And I told Long Jeff that he could keep up with us, or not, as he saw fit; for we were going to travel light and fast.

  • All Nipponese travel light, and tea money is to be judged by outward appearance.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • We had to travel light as we were still regarded as a "flying column."

  • We're going to travel light as possible, so put down two double-roofed ridge tents twelve by ten, with ground-sheets.

    The Blind Lion of the Congo Elliott Whitney
  • And here is a hint if you would attempt the stateliest approaches; travel light, and as much as possible live off the land.

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