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1. Posted by 2020 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Hi,
i will be going to australia on a working holiday visa in october.My question about netbook is,should i buy one to help me find jobs,hostels and comunicate(msn).Im asking this because i am not the computer type and i couldent care less about one exept for what i mentioned above.I am worried that it will be a burden to carry around,even if it weight like 2 pounds...On the other hand i dont want to spend a fotune in internet cafees. I would like to have opinions about this,is it worth it.

My next question is about travel insurance.Should i take one?Im in good health,never go to the hospital,but i guess you can never say never right...So im asking if it is necessary or wise.If yes,which ones are the best and what are the prices like?
Thanks

2. Posted by NewLife (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y

I think having a netbook with me will be essential for the following 6 reasons.

1.) Easily store my photos.
2.) Stay in touch with friends and family using Skype and email etc.
3.) I can get info when I need it for things like applying jobs, buying tickets or information.
4.) Watching movies on long bus trips.
5.) Using it for SatNav when driving. (I'm hoping to get a campervan) ;)
6.) Managing my budget!

As for size you get a range that should pack nicely. I have bought the Vaio P for my travelling a little expensive but perfectly sized.

3. Posted by maddie80 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi there

My boyfriend and I have just started our year long travels and have takena net book with us. It has been invaluable so far for exactly the reasons given by the previous post. Take out good cover and be sensible and I would think it is a benefit more than a pain. Look into the model you would like as you can end up spending a lot of money on high spec stuff which you may not need if its only for searching the web and sending emails. I would reccommend a mat screen though as the gloss one we have is annoying during bright days.

hope that helps

4. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Seems the netbook questions are being answered thoroughly for you.
So what about insurance ?
You are fit and healthy and never go to hospital. That is until a red kangaroo doesnt like the look of what it sees, gets grumpy and lays a right hander on you, or you sit on the loo and a female red back spider takes to liking your flavour ! Not to mention a jellyfish sting or possible food poisoning from all the lovely flies that eat bits of your lunch and then puke it back up for you to put on your fork and munch away on, without even noticing it.
Then you just might need insurance. I was in Darwin a few years back and my friend got stung by some nasty little beast. It put him on his back in hospital for 48 hours where he vomitted and experienced other bits coming out of other holes as well to a very painful crescendo before it finally calmed down. He actually spent 4 days on the ward. He was told by the doctors that had he not had insurance it would have cleaned him out of at least a couple of months spending money. I was only there for a few days while working in Cairns and had a bit of time off. A week to be precise. Out of those 7 days I was in and out of hospital visiting my friend and watching him in a really bad way for most of it.
Oh by the way, he hadn't been in hospital for 30 years since he had his tonsils out as a child !
Insurance ? A definate yes.
The best policy ? Depends on your circumstances. Read the smallprint and then buy it.
Sorry to sound so blunt, but Australia travelling without insurance is like an alcohol free beer.
No sense whatsoever.
Harsh words, but if you'd have seen my friend and the mess he was in then you'd have insurance right up there with things to remember before leaving, along with your passport.

5. Posted by 2020 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Thanks bedoinleo,
Thats exactly what i was thinking,the unexpected usually happens when your not prepared.So i guess ill be looking for insurance now.
Any company in particular i should look for?Ive heard of a company that offers good rates for backpackers but i cant remember the name.
Any suggestions?

6. Posted by 2020 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

As for the netbook,i think ill be getting a acer aspire one.Cheap and light,and i think its more than enough for what i have to do whit it.

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