Traveling Light, or Easy?

Seems like they'd be the same thing, but for the casual business/holiday traveler, is it better to travel light (carry-ons only) or easy (checked bags, nothing to carry)? For my recent business and holiday trips, I think the light version of traveling would have better - less to actually lug around, especially on business trips. During this last round, I was taking a late flight home, which meant that I had to leave my checked bag at the hotel when I checked out.

Normally not a big deal, except that I had a meeting in the afternoon in Oakland and my hotel was in San Francisco. Since I was taking BART to the meeting, I could have just taken my carry-on with me to the meeting, then hopped back on an SFO-bound BART train.

It was nice not having to carry around that second piece of luggage (I had my work bag with me, too). But, while I was waiting for my bag to be spit out onto the baggage carousel, I wanted so bad to beat the line to the taxi stand and head home.

I think next time I'll pack lighter, making the trip easier.