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How often do you check the internet when your away?

Travel Forums General Talk How often do you check the internet when your away?

1. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

On a 220 day trip I was on there every other day!

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Last trip lasted 3 weeks and we didn't check once. Even shut off the phone except for 3 texts I sent home to say we weren't eaten by lions.

3. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

I think I am addicted to screen burn, upped to a 19" monitor now!

On my Birthday in Key West I spent 2 hours on the net!

In Australia, during...bizarrely 9-5 I spent 7 hours on the web as I was in the Whitsundays, well, rainbow Beach and I had booked a trip and they said I coudl have free internet. So I wrote 3500 words of caught up travel diary! I remembered everything in my head! After 4 hours I headed to the lagoon to cool off for 20 mins and do some chinups!

Being a touch typed means you constantly looka tthe screen as well. (8000 keystrokes in 5 mins).

I also watched 14 films in 4 days in Koh Phi Phi, thailand! Madness!

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

Totally depends.
When I am travelling with my girlfriend, just once a week or so.
Travelling with somebody else probably once every two or three days.
Travelling alone, almost everyday.

But only if it is possible. In North Korea and next month to the Pitcairn Islands: zero days

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Like Michael - it all depends.

If we are visiting our friend in Florida, we take the laptop and check e-mails, TP, etc. a few times a day. (Beats watching him take a nap.)

If we do the "all-inclusive resort" trip - never. We leave contact numbers with family/friends then go diving and drinking (in that order).

If we do a road trip (Panama, Florida [without our best friend because he naps too much)] then it's every couple of days if we can find an internet cafe close by. We'll check e-mails and TP but that's about it. Loved Panama - every cafe was 50 cents an hour and you paid by the half hour. We never spent more than 25 cents. (Plus, Kris' mom thought we'd be slaughtered in our beds every night in Panama so we checked in. She no longer has a computer so no check-ins from now on.)

In Ireland, we never checked because of the TP Meet-Up (so in a pub constantly) and then Pardus traveled with us the rest of the time. Had we been by ourselves, we may have used the different hotel's internet or found a cafe. But given our travel companion, our conversations were more entertaining than cyberspace. ;)

If we're not home then "we're not home" and we don't need to be that connected. Because we're moderators, we let the Overlords know when we'll be away but that's about it. Family has our itinerary and knows not to bother sending e-mails because we just don't check them. We don't take that many days away so when it's vacation time - it's vacation time from everything.

Kris' sister and brother-in-law are spending the month of February in Mexico to get away from the cold. We get an e-mail from them every other day. WTF?? Stop telling us how warm and wonderful the ocean is and go play in it. I got an e-mail asking if I was getting their e-mails because I hadn't replied. I haven't replied because you're somewhere warm with an ocean and I'm in the Middle-Of-Nowhere with snow and a frozen puddle in the driveway. I finally replied with just that. Bad me.

6. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

In fact I only check it but DO check it if its free. Hence walking 40 minutes/3km to the library or freebie place! Kept me fit!

In 220 days in all 12 countries (half of which are developed or commonwealth countries) I found free internet! I wasn't a flash packer.

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting boulderman

In fact I only check it but DO check it if its free. Hence walking 40 minutes/3km to the library or freebie place! Kept me fit!

In 220 days in all 12 countries (half of which are developed or commonwealth countries) I found free internet! I wasn't a flash packer.

Not bad!

Considering where we were in Panama - there were no libraries and finding an internet cafe was a luxury most of the time. We were off the beaten and really beaten paths on that trip. Oh, except for the Las Olas Resort but the ocean was more inviting than their free internet center. We also met a very young friend there (along with her family - missionaries living in Costa Rica who were on vacation) and she took up most of our time. It's amazing the number of questions a 10 year old can come up with, in quick succession, on non-related topics.

8. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

I go off at more tangents then a crumpled ball of paper!

As for the other thread about having no life, according to the BBC News, people who use online message boards

are very sad people

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Feb-2009, at 13:32 by boulderman ]

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting boulderman

I go off at more tangents then a crumpled ball of paper!

As for the other thread about having no life, according to the BBC News, people who use online message boards

are very sad people

Yup - they're right!

But I think there has been a misunderstanding so please check here...