Maybe such travellers are rich enough to afford porters and presume they will always be available. However, reality suggests they may well be living in another era!
As a very simple rule, plan to carry no more than 15 kilos including your carry on luggage when travelling. This is the limit that will be applied should you be flying on light aircraft and believe me, placing that weight restriction on your travel wardrobe will lighten your load in more ways than just how much stuff you will be lugging from place to place.
Whilst this may sound like a very tight baggage restriction, two of us recently managed to travel around Europe for seven weeks imposing this rule on ourselves. Moreover, what we packed needed to cover both winter and summer apparel, from 11 degrees in Yorkshire to over 30 in Turkey.
Personally, I like to leave home with no more than between 10-12 kilos, allowing for a few purchases along the way.
My own hybrid suitcase, has pull up handle and wheels, and a semi-harness. It is made by Berghaus and weighs a mere 2.3 kilos. It is soft, rather than hard. Another prerequisite for light aircraft flights.
I also carry a cheap set of luggage scales, so I can regularly check the weight of my luggage and double check compliance for flights.
Another tip is to cut all labels off your clothes. Weigh them afterwards and you will be surprised at just how many grams they add to your luggage!
For seven weeks away I took the following items:
2 pairs of lightweight black trousers
1 pair black leggings
2 pairs safari pants
2 safari shirts
1 tee shirt
2 silk shirts for dressing up
3 tank top/singlets
1 thermal spencer (posted home after leaving behind cold climates)
3 pairs of quick drying socks
Underpants x 5
2 sports bras plus an aha bra for long haul flight comfort
1 light cotton throwover/for sleep and swimming
1 very light jumper
1 zip fronted fleecy jacket
1 zip fronted gortex jacket
1 raincoat with hood (would just carry a poncho next time)
1 ultralight travel towel
1 pair light weight walking shoes
1 pair light weight walking sandals
1 pair ultralight dress sandals
1 pair lightweight black boots (which I never wore)
1 set ultralight knife fork and spoon
1 plastic mug
Teabags, picking up mini milk sachets where necessary
Toileteries, medications and basic firstaid kit
1 universal plug, to ensure I can handwash in hotel bathrooms
Paded Electrics Bag:
Camera mobile and ipad chargers
Spare camera cards and batteries
Ipad camera card loader
Lens cleaner gear
Double adapters for UK and Europe systems, available at Dick Smith's
In addition to this I carried an ipad, mobile cell phone and two cameras. My large digital Sony with manual overide and powerful zoom and a compact Panasonic suitable for when I don't want to be too obvious, or weighed down by a large camera.
I carried a Travelsafe grey handbag, large enough to fit both cameras, or my small one and the ipad, as well as a Lowe camera backpack, with camera section that zips safely below a 'handbag section. This I used only for flights and trains.
My travelling companion deliberately took old tee shirts which could be replaced by new ones he picked up along the way. He also carried a tripod, which was used once. On most occasions we both improvised tripods on whatever was available. Railings, posts and similar are ideal to steady a camera for night shots and deliberately long exposures.
Both of us picked up more than our share of books and in my case, kitchen items, which we posted home to save the inconvenience of heavy luggage as they accumulated.
With my favourite silk top, black pants and sandals and some costume jewellery, I could even manage sufficient glamour for a fabulous dinner at the Eiffel Tower!
As for my black dress boots; my best advice is to buy such shoes abroad, should you find the occasion to wear them. I was however glad of my flash sandals, as they instantly transformed my "look" into a far more dressy one for evenings!