This one might be hard for those of you under 25 to answer since you've grown up with technology, but many here remember the good old days when we traveled without laptops or cell phones. Which way was better?
[ Edit: Edited on 25-May-2009, at 09:48 by Daawgon ]
I can still travel without both - but have to admit, I do like my mobile phone and I'm forever popping into webshacks to check my emails. Oh - and I'm over 25.
We travel without the computer and cellphone. If we're traveling within the US, then the cell goes along but is rarely turned on. I take it for emergency reasons. When visiting Florida, I use it to call our friend to say when we'll be arriving at his home. Usually, I call from his driveway. He earns his living doing home computer repair and set-up so I take the laptop along and he does a thorough PM on it. (It our way of letting him pay us back for our visit since he won't fly or drive to Illinois anymore. Says he's too old and it's too far.)
I like the old way of traveling better but mainly because that's what I'm accustomed to and don't feel the need for change at the moment. It's just more stuff to pack and take out for security and put away again - over and over. We do take the iPod and decks of cards or a pirate travel game we have. The iPod blocks out the screaming kids behind us.
I much prefer travelling without. However, it depends where you go; in 'civilised' Europe, it got so difficult to find public means of communication (esp. phones, but even internet cafés seem less ubiquitous than a few years ago, with every bar offering wireless) that I find myself taking my cell phone along more often these days.
Post#4#.... Definately in 100% agreemement with you about public communications in Europe. Although there still seems to be about as many phone booths, how often did you come across one where the phone didn't work anymore.... Lots?? I find that regularly in Amsterdam and London.
I usually travel without either. Internet Cafes cover me for everything I need, plus my brother in law made a little flash drive for me that has a bunch of security things I don't really understand. But he says if I use them I don't really have to worry about anything.
Last trip I bought a cheapo phone (yes from a guy a friend of a friend of a friend knew, so it probably was stolen) and a SIM card. All it did for me was let my friends find us whenever they wanted. So I forgot to keep charged most of the time.
If I am keeping a journal or something, a notebook is way handier than a laptop. But then again, I don't ever put stuff like that online.
Anyone know of a traveler specific little word processor/ e-machine?
I bought a cheap phone when I went away for 9 months to keep intouch with new friends. works wonders for that.
I don't understand people and their iPhones and stuff like that when travelling or even at home. Is it really neccessary to be able to do anything and everything at any given moment no matter where you are and no matter what time it is?
Definitely take a mobile phone, but I can't think of anything worse than hassling around with a laptop, batteries, cables, wi-fi connections that don't connect, etc.
When I left 12 months ago, one of the best things was turning off my mobile phone. It was symbolic of saying goodbye to all the ties of my life. I haven't turned it on since. I have never carried a laptop. At the mo Im staying somewhere with free internet so I check my emails and surf a bit. When I move on I might check them once a week, just to keep my parents & others happy.
But hey thats just me. Others cant live without them. Perhaps they haven't tried?
When I visit Mongolia in August, I hope to travel out in the Gobi Desert and stay in a Ger. Can you imagine. Sat there with these amazing people. A dying way of life. Under the stars, around a fire..........and I get my laptop out and sign on to facebook!
Thinking about it id have to have a pretty special computer to get a connection, but you get my point, I hope.
I have never taken a laptop with me, and can't imagine the ever doing so as it would be way too much hassle and just another thing to carry. There are few places in the world where internet cafes aren't available, so I don't think I'd ever feel it necessary to carry one.
I normally take a mobile phone travelling, but try not to use it much - it would mainly be so that my family could keep in touch and be assured that I'm ok. When I travelled round SE Asia though for 3 months I didn't have a phone as my NZ one didn't roam - it was great and I didn't miss it at all.