My boyfriend and I are in the middle of planning an RTW next year, we have a laptop and were wondering would it be worthwhile taking it with us on our travels?
We thought we could both keep our journals on this and type e-mails to people so we could just plug into a phone socket in an internet cafe and it would be easier. Also it has a DVD player on it which would give us endless entertainment on the nights we couldn't afford to go out!
Has anyone else done this or does anyone else have an opinion?
Ive never come across someone carrying a laptop--who wasnt taking classes that is. If you were taking classes, maybe a different story--i had classes in europe this summer--i fried my laptop even though it should have handled the voltage change. The last thing you want is to fry your computer and then have to drag it around the world until you can get it fixed.
Honestly, I wouldnt carry anything youll be too pissed if you lose or get stolen (insurance or not). Do you really want to leave your $1200 laptop in a room or hostel being cleaned by someone who makes $75 a month?
It is possible to do on-line journals and you can upload your pictures in most internet places. Forget the DVDs--theyll be plenty of non-Hollywood entertainment on the road.
I took my laptop on a 4 month trip this year. Mind you, I took it so I could do some work on this site while on the road. It was pretty handy being able to create emails, resize photos, etc.. on your own computer though. I took a laptop lock with me and locked the computer to something metal when I left hotel rooms (usually the bed frame or something similar). Most laptops should handle the voltage change, but if you're concerned, I guess you could take a power board with surge protection on it to be on the safe side. And of course, you need to make sure your insurance covers it and back up any important data before you leave.
I'm not sure whether I would take my laptop with me on a long trip just for fun, but considering I love the thing, I probably would
My opinion, for what it's worth (which is probably not much), is to leave the rotten thing at home.
You will spend all your time worrying about it getting stolen, worrying about whether the battery is about to go flat, hassling around in internet cafe's trying to plug it into their network, etc, etc, etc.
Personally, I couldn't think of anything worse than stuiffing around with a laptop on my travels.
Thanks for the opinions, I think we will have to consider everything you have said and then come to a decision! As you say we don't want to worry about losing it or having it nicked.