I did some touring in my youth with panniers, worked OK, but it was hard on the rear wheel. I have a much lighter, faster recreational bike now, and I sure as shootin' don't want to load it up with panniers; it's a Specialized Sequoia, I don't think it's really even made to accept a rear rack, I can't see any eyelets on the frame and rear dropouts, and I don't want to wrap clamps around the carbon seatstays... and I really don't want to buy another bike for that occasional tour.
Should I consider a BoB Yak trailer? I think it would be useful, I would for sure use it to get groceries and do other shopping.
What are the pluses and minuses compared to panniers? And this is solely for road use, BTW. Thanks.