I wanted something a little more sophisticated than my old high school backpack for traveling. If I'm flying for shorter trips I prefer backpacks to luggage, especially on budget airlines where you get charged for even a carry-on if it doesn't fit under the seat in front of you. This backpack is big enough to hold everything I need for a long weekend and the pockets, etc. are convenient. The quality of the materials and stitching seems good, time will tell how durable it is but for the price I'm very impressed.