Greetings from Santorini! Okay, not really, because I'm actually typing this from the comfort of my own bed, a few days before my departure date. But, as you read this, I will be in Greece (unless something goes horribly wrong; touch wood).
I'm actually pretty excited to write this post because I am obsessed with my new underseat carry on. The quest for this bag actually started just a month ago. I had decided to take one of my weekender totes as my main bag for this UK-Greece trip. However, I realized that on the past couple of trips, I basically ruined my shoulders by carrying tote bags. Florida was an especially fragile example because I'd gotten a bit sunburned the day before we were leaving so my shoulders were already raw.
I didn't want to pack my 21" carry on spinner for this trip because it was too big. My sister and I - for the first time in a while - decided not to share luggage on this trip mostly because the 21" spinner was too big even for us to share (which is what we usually do). So, I started looking for smaller rolling bags and ended up falling for a Nicole Miller underseat carry on bag. I had a $10 Amazon credit anyway, so I bought the 'Taylor Collection' model in tan and I am stoked.
The dimensions are about 15" x 15" x 8.5"; it's nice and compact, but that doesn't mean it isn't really spacious. This bag has so many little pockets, which makes it the perfect piece for someone with a neurotic, organization-obsessed personality like me. It's also got wheels and an extendable handle so I can roll it through the airport and through the streets with ease but it has straps so I can perch it onto my arm when needed. It feels pretty sturdy and there's a 2-year warranty, which is comforting. I imagine that this bag could potentially get pretty beat up with daily usage, but since I have a full-time job and I have maybe three or four trips a year, I think it'll hold up v. well for years to come.
Also, apparently the MSRP is $240 so buying this on Amazon for $40 was quite a steal. By the way, I bought this bag for $50 but I had a $10 credit. Since purchasing the bag, the price has gone up to $70 which sucks but I would still recommend it at that price. It's a great bag. And there are also several different styles available at different prices. I actually picked this specific style because it was the cheapest, not for aesthetic reasons. So, I say shop around and buy the cheapest version you can find.