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1. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 9y

Recognize yourself?

2. Posted by Makini (Respected Member 80 posts) 9y

Hilarious!

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Nope!

Now if there were beach chairs, palapas, aquamarine seas, and wiki-wiki drinks with little umbrellas in them... ;)

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 9y

I'm actually fairly surprised at how well that image fit me personally. So my mp3 player and laptop weren't made by Apple, the pants converting to shorts barely lasted out a year (and the rest of my stuff wasn't quick-dry), I didn't have a duffel-backpack but a travelpack, and I skipped on those pills; but still, the overall image of the techno-nomad - complete with Nikon D200 - well, that was me. :)

5. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

I think there's something in that for all of us... don't you?

6. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

I don't see myself quite looking like that ;)

Nothing applies for me except possibly the camera. I'm stuck in between purchasing a Nikon D200 or a Canon EOS 30D in the next week or so

7. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 9y

What would be the reason for backpackers carrying a laptop?

I understand the 'purpose' of a laptop, but won't it be a big burden to carry not only the laptop, but cables, charger, CDs, etc?

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 9y

Quoting NantesFC

Nothing applies for me except possibly the camera. I'm stuck in between purchasing a Nikon D200 or a Canon EOS 30D in the next week or so

Have you handled them in a camera store? That's what originally decided me upon Nikon - their cameras just fit my hands much better (while I was a very happy Canon point 'n shoot user before that) - but of course this is something which can differ a lot from person to person.

Quoting bennnn

What would be the reason for backpackers carrying a laptop?

My reasons were: safe online banking, usable email (I loathe webmail; luckily gmail moved the field ahead a lot, but nothing yet beats a desktop email program) plus the convenience of having all my bookmarks and browser preferences right there, the ability to edit and upload my photos while on the road (very important for any trip lasting longer than a month or two, as the backlog beyond that just gets far too large to deal with in any reasonable amount of time once you return home), and the ability to earn money with the thing, being a web developer. :)
Yes, it was annoying carrying the thing around at times (peripherals are negligible; you can put those in your large backpack without too much worry, too), but overall the benefits far outweighed the annoyance.

9. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

Quoting Sander

Quoting NantesFC

Nothing applies for me except possibly the camera. I'm stuck in between purchasing a Nikon D200 or a Canon EOS 30D in the next week or so

Have you handled them in a camera store? That's what originally decided me upon Nikon - their cameras just fit my hands much better (while I was a very happy Canon point 'n shoot user before that) - but of course this is something which can differ a lot from person to person.

Yes, I have but I'm still stuck on the two. It was quite annoying though, with the salesguy hounding me and all (I have no intention of purchasing from the store) as I've found DSLRs cheaper in other places

10. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 9y

Quoting NantesFC

I'm stuck in between purchasing a Nikon D200 or a Canon EOS 30D in the next week or so

I think you won't go wrong with either choice. I opted for a Nikon (D70s over 350D at the time), for the same reason as Sander; it felt better in my hand. I still love my nikon, but I've built up this jealousy of canon's chip and lenses. Having said that, I still aint giving up me Nikon, nah uh no way!

Quoting Sander

and the ability to earn money with the thing, being a web developer.

How did you find the process of looking for work while travelling? Is it easy? I'm in the web industry myself (front-end dev), but I don't feel confident enough to take my skill internationally... Dont' want to give up my current job, and then only to find I can't get a job elsewhere :(