Clara Bensen is a writer living in Austin, Texas. The story of her luggage-less trip began as a Salon.com article entitled, The Craziest OKCupid Date Ever," and attracted international attention. No Baggage is her first book.
"An absorbing and well-told tale...I hope she travels once more, returning with another well-furnished notebook." --The New York Times Book Review "An excellent way to cure wanderlust... Fun, warm, and a little bit dangerous, this true-life rom com is a must read for those that love getting their passport stamped." --Alida Nugent, author of Don't Worry, It Gets Worse "In an intimate tone that is immediately absorbing, Bensen recounts her relationship with her newly found boyfriend Jeff... Readers will be hooked by their free-spirited trip, which serves as a gazetteer to their deepening relationship. Bensen details with finesse the couple's personalities, issues, quirks, and expectations of each other." --Library Journal "Readers intrigued as much by modern romance as by world travel will appreciate this thrilling travelogue of an erratic relationship and the landscape of ancient and modern Europe." --Booklist "Bensen's story of an unexpected--and at times magical--romance that developed from a chance online encounter is charming. Yet it is also insightful for the author's observations about the conflicting desires for freedom and commitment that are the hallmarks of modern romance. An engaging memoir of travel, love, and finding oneself." --Kirkus Reviews