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Laptop...is it worth bringing??

Travel Forums General Talk Laptop...is it worth bringing??

1. Posted by dv8girl (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

It seems like it would be very useful to bring a laptop, esp with all the free wireless spots popping up, but would it be easier to just use local computers? Here's one for the dumbest question contest: When hostels say they have free internet access, do they mean a connection to hook up your own, or do they actually have computers for your use? Also, I'm guessing it's no problem to use an outlet at your hostel to recharge? Thanks!

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 11y

We had a pretty extensive discussion about this last June:
laptop------ to bring or not to bring?

As for your other questions: Hostels which say free internet use usually have one or two computers (or dumb terminals) set up - although the lines can be pretty long.
Using power outlets to charge anything (laptop, mp3-player, cellphone) is no problem at all, although some hostels have only a very few in decent places (next to couches/chairs), so there might be some 'fierce' competition for those. :)

3. Posted by dv8girl (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Oooppps! It looks like it was covered in detail! Thanks for the link to the previous thread. It definitely gives me an idea of the pros and cons. I enjoy traveling light, so I think I'll start dealing with my separation anxiety...