i was thinking about geting a laptop to travel south america i been throughout aust and south east asia without one and managed to get by. im a bit worried about theift and of course the extra weight, anyone ever travel with one and have any thoughts about it . it would help me alot
I travel all the time with my laptop, as I put a lot of fun trips on the end of work trips, and frankly, I find it a pain in the ass. There are a million internet cafes in South America, so no worries about getting on the net or burning CDs of pictures.
I take mine EVERYWHERE! And always will! I would highly recommend it, just be safe by making sure you are always in well lit areas (at night) and try to make sure your either with people, or that there are at least a few other decent looking people around (yes you have to profile) always around. But those tips i would say go with travel in general.
Anyways, It's so much better with your own laptop to surf the net with, and most internet cafes will allow you to plugin to their networks otherwise lot have wireless, especially Panama City.
I find carrying my laptop to uni everyday a right pain in the ass, and I could never imagine taking it round the world. Just stick to the internet cafes, so much easier, no risk of theft, and cheaper.
I consider my laptop an extension of my arm, so going anywhere without seems......IMPOSSIBLE!
I take mine as little as possible, and mine is only the size of a A4 sheet of paper!!!
Depending on your need, it's another charger battery etc.. weight, size.
Unless you have a great need for itor it's one of these tiny ones about the size of an A5 sheet, leave it at home. There are plenty of internet cafe's etc to get you online nowdays, why carry the weight?
Pack light, pack smart, have a great trip
[ Edit: Edited at May 17, 2006 5:57 AM by 6ULDV8 ]
In my opinion, the slight convenience that it gives, just simply would not be worth the hassle. The extra weight, plus the constant worry of whether it will be stolen/broken.
Can I ask what your reason for wanting to take it is? If you simply want to get on the internet to write e-mails/blog, then there's plenty of internet cafes around to let you do that. However, if you're writing a book or something while travelling, then you might want it.