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11. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 7y

I'm torn on this issue. Personally, I don't like when I see other travellers hunched over laptops or listening to iPods instead of experiencing and enjoying the places they travelled to. That being said, given that arranging travel or doing banking is best done on-line or via mobile nowadays, it seems a little silly to ignore it. You can go to Internet cafes, but then you are opening yourself up to a greater potential of identity theft.

I have a laptop (2, actually) that I have brought or not brought with me on various trips since I bought the first one about two years ago. I have never missed it on the trips when I didn't take it, and have found that on some trips I didn't end up using it anyway. However, a laptop has come in handy when trying to arrange travel, clear photos off the camera or just see what the photos you took came out like.

I haven't gone on a long pleasure-only trip (i.e. longer than 3 weeks) since I first got a laptop a year and a half ago, so I don't know how I would fair with one on a longer trip.

As for a mobile phone - they are so small and ubiquitous now, it really costs nothing to take one. Or just buy one when you arrive. The biggest problem I've had with a mobile is the same problem I had when using regular phones - if the person on the other end of the line doesn't speak the same language as you, you are pretty much up the creek.

Greg

12. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

I do feel a bit nostalgic about the pre mobile phone travel days, when everything seemed like a bit more of an adventure. Mind you it does come in rather handy when you end up unexpectedly accomodationless in an unfamiliar city in the middle of the night...

13. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

So true. I still like fiddling for the right change though, then making a call to whoever - wherever. Sometimes for no reason at all - other than just to see if I still know how to use a public phone!! Doesn't happen too often.

14. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

I travel without any means of communication, but I do use internet at my hotel or cyber cafe. One reason I resist taking a cell phone is that I flatly refuse to contribute to the loud voice pollution of public use of mobile devices that seems to be most prevalent right here in the States. I can't imagine ruining the experience for others in a foreign land.

15. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Post#14#.... Do you have 'Quiet' coaches on trains in the USA??

16. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 7y

I'm not a "modern slave"who needs 24/7 conection with home.
Realy,I hate this cell phones,even at home.(dont have a clue where mine is hiding)
Bought one only because my friends think I need one for emergency,never carry it with me,and I give nobody the number.
Sure thing I never take it with me while travelling.
what I do while on my way is I go and send some e-mails to my friends that they know that everything is OK with me.
They have to wait till I'm home to hear my storys like in the old days.

17. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

I couldn't imagine travelling without a cell phone, I mean...what happens when you meet someone you want to hangout with again and you don't have one?

18. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Post#14#.... Do you have 'Quiet' coaches on trains in the USA??

I've heard of this but never experienced it - we have so very few trains in use here (mostly the Northeast and more civilized parts of the Colonies). I object to the chatter when I'm trying to enjoy my dog in the park or shopping in the supermarket.

19. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Quoting Daawgon

Quoting Redpaddy

Post#14#.... Do you have 'Quiet' coaches on trains in the USA??

I've heard of this but never experienced it - we have so very few trains in use here (mostly the Northeast and more civilized parts of the Colonies). I object to the chatter when I'm trying to enjoy my dog in the park or shopping in the supermarket.

colonies?!!! haha you're not that old!

I have never heard of ye olde "quiet carraige" you speak of here in the northeastern of colonies.

20. Posted by WebGuy (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

I have been hassling with this idea for the past few weeks, and just recently I decided to bet a netbook to take with me. I won't have a cell phone, only the portable lappy. One of the deciding factors for me was that my digital camera, the SD cards it takes, only goes as large as 2GBs. I'm starting a 2 year trip in July, and there is just no way 2GB cards will work for this. So after a few weeks of struggling with the idea, I bought a small, lightweight Acer D150.

Another reason why I bought this, is because my profession is a webmaster and I know I'll be doing some work while I'm out... Plus, I need to keep up with my skills somewhat. With that said, most of my lappy time will be sent storing photos and videos and I wont be "hunched" over it while I am outside enjoying the scenery... Defeats the purpose of hiking!

But all in all, if you do need a laptop on your travels, consider the NetBooks. Mine weights about 3LBs so it's not super heavy at all and the battery is a 6cell, so I get almost 7 hours of straight use before it needs to be recharged. It can last a week with minimal usage. And in the end, it depends on if it something you really need. Being that I'm web designer and dev, it's a bit hard to tear away from all that for 2 years, especially in the ever-expanding market that the dub-dub-dub is.