I take LOTS of images on my travels and carry a pair of 16 Gb cards but regularly download to my laptop. The laptop is fine while travelling in the caravan but is a bit bulky for the upcoming 95 day Round the World trip. So I've invested in a Netbook (10" screen) with a 250 Gb hard drive.
I couldn't imagine trying to upload even a half-full card (8 Gb) over a WiFi connection. I also don't try to select "my best" until I've viewed them on the 21" screen at home. So I keep them all.
As for the possibility of the Netbook being lost or stolen - it could happen but I trust to luck and dilligence to ensure it doesn't happen.
If you worry too much about the potential for thieft or loss, you won't enjoy the travel and for me that is the top priority.
Just my opinion and hope it was helpful. Enjoy your trip.
[ Edit: Edited on 20-Aug-2010, at 00:40 by greynomadm ]
I will look into it a little later, but if I don't work it out before then, is the storage purely for JPEGS?
Reason being, my camera shoots RAW, and I'd like to keep these files safe. So sure I'd be interested in storing my images on here, even at a *competitive* cost, if the UI is easy to navigate and the system works.
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you; had to test some RAW images for myself to find out the answer. Sadly, it's no, the uploader won't be able to handle them Like I mentioned in the last post, considering you have someone at home that can handle dropbox and moving the photos if needed, that's probably the smartest.
why not try a flash drive?
you can get 8gb ones now and they are small and lightweight. When they are full you can send them back home?
We are in Oaxaca Mexico now and for the next month or so. We carry a note book and a remote hard drive for backup. Images that I couldn´t part with I put on CD and mail home. The notebook, remote hard drive, (Lacie 100 gb, size of a deck of cards), and cd storage option gives us confidence in getting our photos home. We are able to save large file size photos on the remote, usually in raw for later processing. We also send some to an agency for sale and keep copies as raw files.
We are following the advice of a book by a travel journalist we recently bought on Amazon. So far we find it useful.
Local stores will burn images to a cd. Just keep a backup in case they screw up. CDs are cumbersome though so we prefer the remote HD. The hard part is finding the time to edit and cull. We can´t seem to kill our darlings.
If we get robbed along the way we will still have our best images on cd that we have mailed home.
The next trip we will have two remote hds one to send home in the mail or by DHL half way through the trip. The other we will continue to work with.
The best way to store photos online is to use Microsoft Live Skydrive http://skydrive.live.com
They offer a whopping 25gigs of free online file storage! File could be any darn format as long as it is smaller than 50 megs each.
Just remember to select the option for a smart uploader that lets you drag and drop files onto it if you are using Internet Explorer. It also gives you an option to reduce the resolution (only if you want to)