I realise a laptop is a pain in the ass to carry around the world but what about a PDA. Anyone been on an rtw trip with one of these and have any feedback?
I figure I could write my emails, blog, view photos / movies and organise myself from one of those. The newer models are high res with wifi built in so you can also browse the web etc.
I took a PDA with me on a big RTW trip, and it was sort of useful but sort of a pain worrying about it until it was smashed by an over-zealous baggage handler on a Malaysian ferry.
personally, i would say everyone should try minimise the amount of electronic gadgets they bring while they are travelling. because, all of us know that electronic gadgets are premiums that we paid for and you absolutely will not want to get it crashed during your trip. as if worrying about money getting pickpocketed away is not enough! getting pickpocketed is not as serious as losing away your PDA, with all your important stuffs inside.
no worries, many travellers actually pay their bills, contact their loved ones via net. just be careful when it comes to paying your bills. as for PDA, just get a cheap phone! touch wood, but if you really lost your PDA during your travels, it will be much of a hassle. but if you insist on bringing, just do be careful with it.
take care and enjoy.
Having a PDA during travel really is no riskier than having a digital SLR camera. As long as you pay close attention to it you should be fine. It doesn't have the bulk (hassle) of a laptop and is quite useful. If I had one, I'd take it with me Especially if I HAD to do things such as online bank account management, etc.
I think Huishan is right, and Rob's story nicely illustrates why; everything you bring has a very good chance of not going home with you again, either because of theft, unintentional smashing (or intentional, in the case of my old alarm clock), water penetrating your luggage, etc.
I keep saying this: don't take anything along you'd feel sorry parting with that isn't absolutely indispensable.