Just as a high quality rolling carry on this wold be worth it. Add the ability to pick it upand strapit on your back to ride the subway, climb stairs, or negotiate trails and you have a winner. The backpack that zips onto the front is nice so you can have your ipad, book, whatever with you on the plain. Though if you want to leave it zipped on to the rest of the bag it will still fit in overhead bin unless you have the thing absolutely stuffed. If you are organized you can fit a week and a half trip into this bag.