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1. Posted by farleyUL (Full Member 125 posts) 9y

I've already posted this in the "Travel Gear" forum but wanted to get as many opinions as I could, so here goes...

I'm doing a study abroad in the The Hague, Netherlands in the fall; however, a friend and I are going over three weeks early to backpack in Spain, France, and Italy. I plan on only taking one suitcase to check and a laptop and backpack as my carry-on luggage. I'd like to backpack for three weeks straight out of my carry-on bag that way, if my luggage is lost, we won't lose any travel time waiting for it. What size bag would you recommend? Would a standard school bookbag be too small, do you think? I'm just not sure how big a bag you can even take as carry-on for an airplane. We figured we would take maybe four or five sets of clothes, a toiletry bag, and comfortable shoes and that would be it. Do you think we're going too slim on the packing?

Secondly - what would you recommend in terms of staying in touch with family/friends back in States? I've heard of Skype phones that you can use if you're in a Wi-Fi hotspot. We're looking for something that will best serve us not only during our travels backpacking but also for the duration of our stay in the Netherlands (which will be one semester).

Any help will be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!

2. Posted by Faldor (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

skype is a programme for voice chat. You can connect to any other computer in the world and talk to up to 9 people in one conversation for as long as you like for free.

you can also buy skype credit, where you pay $10 say and then use that and top up again as needed, you can then call back to a phone in the US at quite a low rate and register a number so your friends in the US could call your computer from a phone at a local rate.

you can use a normal microphone headset which you can pic up for very cheap to quite alot depending on the quality your after.

or you can get a phone to plug into a USB slot, which seems all sorts of pointless to me.

Hmm I should be paid to say this i'm sure.

hope thats of help.

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 9y

Quoting farleyUL

I've already posted this in the "Travel Gear" forum but wanted to get as many opinions as I could, so here goes...

I'm afraid it is against forum policy to post duplicate threads. It creates too much confusion with users reading the same thing twice and having multiple answers in multiple places. I've removed the one in the Travel Gear forum, considering it didn't have any answers yet.