Interesting posts! A very debatable subject! In my opinion, I wont take my laptop. I have been traveling almost non-stop over the past 2 years and I didnt find a problem to access the internet from about everywhere. Some places like South Africa, Hawaii, are quite expensive. Most places quite cheap. The weight, theft, passing airport security (take out of bag!) - I just dont think its worth the hassle. IF you do it, you'll have to insure it, and constantly update your data on CD so to limit your headache IF it gets stolen. Tough decision!
aagh ! decisions decisions !!
i'm still unsure whether to take one or not... the only thing that's putting me off is having to carry it EVERYWHERE with me.
uploading and editing my photos
backing up my photos cos i know i'll take lots
burning the photos to dvd to send home
writing my blog on ms word
getting connected with wifi to:
- update my travel blog
- sending emails
- online banking
- booking accomodation
- and any other internet stuff...
i'm coming across more hostels online that appear to have wifi.
and what about the hostels that have lockers ? can you not leave it there if they look secure enough ? or if there are no lockers in the hostel.. then what about train stations that have lockers or anywhere else that anyone knows of ??
i'm thinking of getting a sony vaio because they appear to be the smallest and lightest... can anyone recommend anything better that's not going to break the bank balance ?
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 20, 2007, at 6:59 AM by oslaue ]
Please excuse my ignorance people...
But with taking a LapTop abroad, how expensiev is Wi-Fi access, ie in Thailand and Asia. Oz etc. I am a total novice in Wi Fi protocol.
And with Hostel accomodation or shared rooms, are safes provided that you could place a LapTop in, or is it a case of stashing it somewhere good!?
Wifi is free as far as i'm aware, thats the beauty.
I, like mico82 am in the same boat,
I want to take a laptop, I suppose I'm very interested in hearing negatives from experience.
There seems to be a lot of people who are quite keen and have done it and i would quite like to ear the flip side.
Also, if you did take a laptop, what case did you take?
My girlf and i purchased a laptop while we were in New Zealand back in November and its been a real Godsend.
We worked out that we were spending at least $30 per week on Internet time and this was mainly due to re-sizing and uploading pictures onto the internet. We went looking for a laptop and found one for $1800. This included all the software (Microsoft Office, Anti-virus) and worked out at roughly $17 per week each (over the course of the year). While in NZ, we used internet cafes that offered free wi-fi when you bought a drink and now in Australia, we use the free wi-fi in the shared house and we can download music etc and use skype to call home for free. The benefits are endless and its not too much too look after. Saying that, i dont think we will be taking it to S.E Asia with us as i dont want it to get stolen.. it all depends how expensive it will be to post home.
Oh, as for a carry case, we bagged a nice padded belkin one for an extra $20. Protects against minor knocks and looks pretty cool too!
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 5, 2007, at 3:34 PM by aliyoung99 ]
I thought about taking my laptop on my RTW, a 3K+ Dell that i usually can't live without (seriously, i sleep with it :P). Eventually I decided against it and I don't regret it.
I don't trust using my online bank in public computers and I wouldn't put my credit cards numbers in so before I left home i signed a permission for my mother to be able to access my accounts and be in charge of my finances while i was gone. I also showed her how to book hotels and such so if I need to pre book I can tell her what i want via e mail and I'll get the receipt and details sent to my hotmail account.
This of course depends allot on what your situation is but if you have someone you can trust with your money it's worth looking into.
As far a photos are concerned I've been able to upload regulairly in internet cafe's and then I store them in my Photobucket.com account without any problems. If your not gonna be doing some serious editing, just resizing and such, all public computers have Paint which is a drag but hey, it works.
The mp3 player thing, if you have ipod nano or something like that you might get bored with it, with a big video ipod your not likely to run out of music though. An electric charger only cost me about 20$.
Anyway, where I've been in Thailand using the internet has cost about 1 baht a minute, but then again one hotel had it for 40 baht an hour and another had it for 100 baht an hour.
Not sure what it is in other places.
Old thread but maybe it helps someone
I personally wouldn't take a laptop travelling. Blackberry's are great due to the size, or simply get a USB memory stick and visit internet cafe's, there are a lot around and will save you the worry with having your laptop stolen.
Interesting comments all round and well worth mentioning. I have not yet taken a laptop abroad - will do so in a few weeks when I travel Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Phillippines - I think just be sensible with it and reduce the risk of theft. Just one thing though if anyone knows, what about recharging? I mean, do you need to make any special AC-DC power input/output considerations? or will a simple travel adaptor be enough? Anyone help me? thanks.
Question to the computer specialits.
If it were the only factor:
What offers better secuity (for online banking and ticket reservations etc)?
Your laptop or internet cafes?
I believe it would be your laptop am I wrong? If I am wrong, i would leave it at home.