For travelers looking to challenge themselves to pack lighter, traveling with only carry-on luggage provides multiple benefits. While there are a few drawbacks, you may find that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
Traveling with only carry-on luggage saves you from having to wait in a long line to check your bags. Additionally, you will be the first one out of the airport while everyone else waits at the luggage carousel. The only airport experience that may take the light traveler longer are security checks, since everything you bring will have to go through security with you.
Traveling light can also lessen worry. If you check your bags, there is always the chance your bag will be lost or misplaced by the airline, leaving you without your luggage or causing your delay.
Lastly, getting around is much easier with less luggage. While you may be limited in what you can pack, you make up for it in mobility when the time comes to pack up and move to a new destination.