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Travelling with a USB key

Travel Forums General Talk Travelling with a USB key

1. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

This started out as a long winded, long distance, discussion with a friend of mine.....Don't ask..........

Anyway, does anyone have experience travelling with a USB key ? I want to know how useful it is in places like cyber cafes, public libraries, etc. around the world. Are most systems now Windows 2000/XP? I need information about "exotic" places like Eastern Europe, China, India, South East Asia, Africa, South America....

2. Posted by kenmc (Full Member 80 posts) 11y

I would imagine it would be very useful. I will be bringing mine for sure.I expect everywhere to have USB to upload my digi camera pictures.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Everywhere I have been have USB connections within easy reach. If they aren't right on the front of the computer, they will usually string a cord around from the back so that it's easy to find. I think it's mainly because so many people have USB devices like cameras and cell phones and the like now.

That covers Europe and Africa. I'll let you know on Asia in a few weeks. When I was down in South America and Central America I didn't have a USB device, but computers were all up to date, so I can't imagine that you would have any issues.

Greg

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

They are excellent and I often wonder why more people don't use them.

I use mine all the time

5. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

Thanks for the info guys. Greg, I really want to know the situation in Asia. Basically, I'm looking at the feasibility of carrying around a small desktop set of programs on my USB key in place of carrying around a laptop while travelling.

6. Posted by crisgold (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

I actually travel a lot with my USB key. The one important thing you need to think about when you are traveling with either a USB key or a laptop is security! Not airport security rather, just whether or not your files are safe or will be safe from prying eyes. -snip-

[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]

7. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Quoting Q_

Thanks for the info guys. Greg, I really want to know the situation in Asia. Basically, I'm looking at the feasibility of carrying around a small desktop set of programs on my USB key in place of carrying around a laptop while travelling.

I have a few basic programmes on mine (browser,wp,spreadsheet) so i can plug it into any usb compat computer.
It avoids carrying around my laptop (even though it's the size of an A4 sheet).
It's advisable to use an encryption software to protect any files too in case you lose it. There are loads of free ones out there.
Have a great trip
Jase