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1. Posted by skyef (Full Member 105 posts) 9y

Hey hi,

I figure out my backpacks is going to put on extra weight sooner or later (which i hate ) - because i've come across some very informative and interesting articles, magazine about the food, culture and history while i'm doing my working holiday here in UK. I'm planning to move around different region every 2 or 3 months hopefully.

I do not own a laptop and don't think i want to really spend time typing all the stuff. Has anyone travel around before as in like you have this 'small + lightweight library' with you everywhere you go?
Thanks

2. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

These days you can find internet cafe' almost every where specially in major cities. Therfore carrying a delicate laptop is not be good item to carry.
I reckon, you should carry very essential items. Do not forget our mother earth is getting much closer to a village these days compare to 50 to 70 years ago.
Good luck

3. Posted by marieevans (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hey skyef,

First tip is make sure you make a list with all essential things you need. Then go over it again and reduce it by half. Ignore the urge to add "but what if" things. Second tip - don't pack anything breakable, kombizz is right, no need to carry around delicate laptop. Take some aspirin and painkillers - hopefully you don't need them, but... take travel-sized toiletries, comfortable shoes and easy-care clothes.
And don't forget your good mood ;)

Good luck!

4. Posted by skyef (Full Member 105 posts) 9y

Huh..think i didn't make my question clear... Thanks for the reply.

I be collecting some magazines, any sort of reading materials (a junkie i am ) so it means i'm gonna carry a 'library' with me around at same time it's gonna put burden on me. Think i'm just mad to do that but everytime i read some interesting articles especially on food and dine, restaurants - it's an obsession. I want to collect them.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 9y

I'm a more or less obsessive reader; although I no longer have the time to read a book a day as in my younger years, it's still a rare week in which I don't start in on a new book. And so I collected a lot of weight during my backpacking trip. The solution I chose for this was to send a box of books home every 6-8 weeks. That costs a hefty penny, but less than buying the books anew when home (even with the option of selling the current versions in used bookstores).

6. Posted by skyef (Full Member 105 posts) 9y

Thanks a lot for sharing Sander. I guess that's the only way..might get it send if i've got more of it.

7. Posted by walkitwils (Budding Member 52 posts) 9y

If its just articles within magazines and your not a collector, why dont you just make a scrapbook of the articles you need?

8. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 9y

Couldn't you just rip the articles out of the magazines instead of saving the whole thing? That would be a lot easier to send home in large envelopes and a lot less costly? Then when you return, you could incorporate them into a scrapbook like walkitwils said. Good Luck!

9. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

Some copy-shops/printing outfits can also scan texts and turn them into files, either picture files or text files, often as pdf making it ebook friendly. All you would need to do is find such a place once in a while, have them burn the stuff on CD or DVD and all your weight problems would be solved. You could even email your books home this way.

10. Posted by skyef (Full Member 105 posts) 9y

Guys thanks for the traditional and modern ideas (have never heard of the modern one before)...