I want to know if it's overrated or if I'm happier taking, say, 7 pair of shoes for a 4-day trip...
It's slightly off-topic for my blog and all, but what the heck, it IS vacation season...and useful info for any business traveler.
Hope you enjoy my Top 5 Travel Tip Resources:
One Bag: http://www.onebag.com/
Doug Dyment has packing lists and info like crazy about how to travel light, things to be aware of, and where to find some of the supplies he recommends. This site intrigued me for a couple hours! It is rated by PC magazine as a Top 100 Can't Live Without site.
Seat Guru: http://www.seatguru.com/
Found through Doug's site above, this site shows you what seats to pick and which to avoid--and why--plane by plane, for most airlines. It tells you where you'll have more/less legroom, where you might be disturbed by galley or lavatory noise, and where you can find seats with power outlets (and which type). A really great feature is the mobile device friendly page that loads fast so you can check when standing at the ticket counter as you're switching to a new flight.
Country Codes for international calling: http://www.countrycodes.com/
This is a telephone access (global) plan that I have used for at least 5 years. Very reliable and very inexpensive. US to Malaysia, for instance, is 3.5 cents/minute. I just ran a 6-month project with a client in the UK with frequent, long calls and I spent less than $25 on calls over the entire 6 months.
IAN's Shoelace site: http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/knots.htm
Okay, you're thinking that this has little to do with travel. But if you're planning to do lots of walking, I suggest it is worthwhile. Did you know there is probably a better way to tie your shoes? If your laces untie often, check this out.