I have to agree with the rise of wifi networks especially in some developing countries laptops have become a useful tool. I have never personally traveled with a laptop because of the size issue however they are coming out with smaller inconspicuous models which are quite handy to have. I can see the point of view of some travellers that see a laptops and other electronic devices can be distracting and can takeaway from the experience however when you have a sea of information at your finger tips and the ease of communicating with others its hard not to think of reasons for not taking one..
as for me I only bring my itouch, and mobile fone, it's more handy than netbooks
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Didn't take my notebook on my RTW and found ample cybercafes virtually everywhere, usually at very reasonable prices. My hotels in Seoul actually had free internet computers in the rooms!!
However...there was LOTS of downtime in hotel rooms and many, many hours on airplanes where I would like to have a computer with me. So....next time (later this year on a RTW) I plan to take a netbook with me, but not a notebook.
Oh Better let me not take my laptop unless it is really needed. I don want to increase the risk of monitoring...
Ipod touch is a good compromise as it has wifi, music and video. Carrying a laptop can make you a target for theft and could become a liability
We are glad that we bought ours during our 8 months trip.
Agreed, netbooks are sturdy enough - besides, some ppl spend enough just sending SD cards home to buy a netbook to store their pics and video.
Also it makes it possible to update blog and keep in touch with people.
Always stay on the lookout for an American chain (KFC/McD/Starbucks) - those usually have wifi (and free washrooms)... find the cheapest item on the menu and enjoy hours of both of those guilt-free
I never leave home without my macbook pro but do have security cable and it has a nifty little alarm on it (movement sensor)!
Too much hassle for what it's worth - internet cafe!