I took this backpack to Europe last summer and it got the job done. I would have preferred that the material was a little thicker as I checked the bag and noticed that there was the beginning of a tear on the front. I covered it with tape, but still disappointing. I appreciated how it transferred the weight down my back which made it easier to walk long distances. I also liked the secret pocket at the bottom if the pack which was great for my passport. So overall, it's a good backpack but nothing spectacular.