For us traveling as we do having an acer laptop to store writings to is great as is the light weight. For phone we use the magic jack and we have been shocked on how few travellers know of this.
Why in the heck are all of you paying ATT when after owning a 20 dollar jack to place in any port you can call home for free and they can call you?
Calling for us has been free while hauling a small plug in phone and I told ATT who charges 2 bucks a minute that we were set free from their outragous charges.
Tonight we talked for hours while it cost nothing .
Get rid of your cell phone.
Quoting Cool Paul
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?
Probably its most important use on any journey - and for emergencies of course.
For everything else there's any one of a million internet cafes.
[ Edit: Edited on 31-May-2009, at 08:21 by fabyomama ]
I'm a real dinosaur anyway, as I don't/won't have a cell phone (I've been give two, but it's not something I want to haul around with me.)
I think Trainrider's answer really sums up the whole point of cutting oneself loose when traveling. The travel is the thing, not pulling an umbilical cord with you.
Why carry extra weight or have to fret about getting ripped off? And there are other ways of making space on your camera besides carrying a laptop in order download your photos.
I remembered the good old days when I was travelling / backpacking without either. It was great and fun! And I'd post a postcard to my family from wherever I was just to make sure they're not worried sick (and of course for me to keep the postcards + stamps later as part of my collections) :-) Anyway...those were the days. Nowadays, I carry my mobile phone at the most, but that also will be switched off most of the time, unless when I need to call home for urgent matters. Laptop is too much a hassle, even if you have a small one.
IMO, travel can be better without technology if you find it overburdening but if a subtle balance is struck between technology and common sense...it can be fun enough....
I'm 18 so don't have a huge amount of travel experience...but sometimes think it would be better without internet etc, simply because I find the number of options baffling, and waste hours trying to work out where to go/what to do... I just take a moblie for emergencies - laptop is too bulky and the worry about it being stolen/lost/damaged isn't worth it...internet cafes work fine.
Quoting ellie c
I'm 18 so don't have a huge amount of travel experience...but sometimes think it would be better without internet etc, simply because I find the number of options baffling, and waste hours trying to work out where to go/what to do...
It's tempting to just give up on the planning altogether and just go.
When I travel overseas, I don't have either, but when traveling in the US, it can be a lot of fun to travel with a laptop. My boyfriend and I recently followed the Santa Fe trail from start to finish, and having the laptop with us meant that we didn't need to have a set plan and could find cheap stays the whole way. We'd set a loose trajectory for the day or next couple of days, and use a discount hotel site, usually Priceline, to book a room earlier in the same day. It was great! So relaxing to be able to say I don't feel like driving all the way to this city; let's look for a place here. The person not driving gets online (yay for mobile broadband), books a cheap room, and we're set. It's a good way for those confined to shorter vacations thanks to work commitments to make the most of the time we do have.
Well the answer depends on where and with whom. Always, always have my cell phone no matter where I go. Unfortunately, it has become a necessity for the most part. However, I do at times leave it in the hostel, hotel, cabin, etc. It's there, but away from me.
As for laptops, I would agree with those hwo have taken it so that they don't have to make plans much in advance. It's not easy to do that anymore! My family generally always has a laptop with them. When travelling on my own completely it just depends where I'm going. Beach vacation=no, Europe=absolutely. If I'm staying with friends/family then I know they have one. It really comes down to where you're going and what you want to do! (imho)