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11. Posted by sarahtea (Budding Member 16 posts) 5y

i know this threads a little old now, but this is a really useful link, it helped me decide to go buy a netbook and im bringing it with me :)

http://workingholidayaustralia.brighterplanet.org/working-holiday-australia/should-you-bring-your-laptop-while-backpacking-australia

12. Posted by stuart_aitken (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

I have a Dell Inspiron 7Z and it's definitely coming travelling with me. You can probably get better ones but I saw it at a reasonable price and decided to take the plunge. The thing that swayed me towards it was that is has some kind of new battery technology, so if you set it right it can last up to 8 hours on a full charge, which I think is pretty good for a laptop? It's pretty tiny and doesn't have a CD drive but I'm certain it will do the job for travelling.

My primary purposes for having my netbook are to do the following:

Have something to transfer and save pictures from my digital camera.
Have a personal computer for connecting to wi-fi and do internet things e.g. bank account, contact people, blog etc

And that's about it!

13. Posted by carriem (Budding Member 11 posts) 5y

I also have an EeePC and am taking it with me on a year trip to New Zealand. I will be keeping a blog while away and just think this would be easiest (I could write blog entries without wifi and then just cut and paste them into the blog when I hit wifi). Also, for checking finances, keeping in touch, skype, unloading pictures, I just trust it more than an internet cafe! And it's so small it would fit in the locked areas most hostels have available.

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15. Posted by Rhicreate (Budding Member 9 posts) 5y

Hmmm, wondering about taking my netbook travelling at the moment, I've taken expensive kit (a video camera) travelling before and although I very much needed it on that occasion, it was something of an awkward burden for 6 weeks... There's no definate "need" with the netbook situation this time... I'm planning 8 months+ backpacking, not all of it in cushy youth hostels with free wifi, a lot of overlanding, some trekking expeditions and some working involved.

I've got an unlocked smartphone which is going to be easy to look after, it's small, fits in a pocket/waist belt, connects to wifi, and can do emails, blog posts and such as well as being a phone...

...But the netbook supports my more geeky obsessions like wanting to FTP pictures to my web server & back them up on the harddrive, play around with photoshop, and maybe even some freelance work. (Web designer by profession, which probably explains why it's so difficult to think about giving up the tech altogether, even though I probably will be too busy to miss it!) But it's going to be harder to look after and although not that heavy, I can imagine it would still be a little annoying to lug around in the hotter climates...

So my question is, lots of people are recommending taking it, but how do you go about looking after netbooks when backpacking? I'm looking for solutions/suggestions for protecting against knocks/weather/theft? I've seen these pacsafe "safes" that are available, but not entirely sure how that would work in practise... and I'm worried about carrying it ALL the time because of knocks, and because I can't really see myself using it whilst "out and about" sightseeing...

help... I'm crap at packing at the best of times...

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