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11. Posted by AndySN (Budding Member 27 posts) 4y

Because it can happen, I have no idea why you insist on making a point about it. It is just a point to keep in mind.

12. Posted by CheersTerry (Inactive 9 posts) 4y

Actually Andy you're the only person who's making a point about it, over and over.

You appear determined to fulfill a self imposed prophesy that you're going to be robbed. With that crippling attitude I'm sure it'll unfortunately happen.

Good luck.


13. Posted by AndySN (Budding Member 27 posts) 4y

Yes, that is exactly how it works, you think and therefore it happens. Good luck yourself.

14. Posted by airportcarhire (Inactive 3 posts) 4y

You do have a healthy paranoia especially regarding computers. LOL but really, this is just common sense. there are netbooks that are light, you can purchase one or if you have one then bring it. You might want to use a secure bagpack for your stuff. And i agree with all those who replied that flash drives and external HD's would be useful for you. Just send them back home if they are already full.

15. Posted by AndySN (Budding Member 27 posts) 4y

Hi Airport

It is just a precautionary and semi healthy point that I wanted to get some feedback in a thread. Finding the best possible way to start is key, and then being flexible to change if needed is what traveling is all about. If there was a safe, easy and hassle free way to get the photos stored and downloaded from the camera without the need of a computer I think that would be ideal.

However, what I already know and from some of the helpful points here on the thread I think the best way is to take a laptop and just be vigilant. I have a 11" mac air and have actually seen that USB memory sticks are very cheap nowadays, so mailing home those every so often solves the problem of backing up.

Thanks again all for your posts

16. Posted by CheersTerry (Inactive 9 posts) 4y

"... so mailing home those every so often solves the problem of backing up..."

Nope, that's not the case, Andy. The laptop/netbook and the external drive is your primary back-up. That's crucial. You do NOT depend on the USB Drives and the Postal Service from South America - that only comes into play when you confirm that the USB Drive was actually delivered/received back home.

Mailing home the USB Drives is simply additional back-up in case you face catastrophic failure with your laptop/netbook and the external drive. In other words you could lose all your possessions in a mudslide and as your bus goes over the cliff you can at least be happy that at most you're only losing a few weeks worth of photos because the USB Drives covered the rest.

Tranquilo, and have fun.


PS Please excuse me if I'm not explaining myself or understanding you, English is not my first (or second) language and I struggle sometimes.

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18. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 4y

Couldn't have said it better.


19. Posted by AndySN (Budding Member 27 posts) 4y

Lots of posts coming here on the thread, thanks for tips and comments.

I think one of the things I really want to do is NOT have technology with me. That would be the ultimate goal. I intend to write (moleskin notebook and paper) and spend time away from everything to do with technology and the superficial western life that surrounds us every day. However, want the camera with me to take some great shots of the World, but therein lies the rub.

A camera leads to backup issues, memory sticks, laptops and in one way is slowly defeating the purpose of what I really want to do, have a backpack with a few clothes and move easily from place to place without a worry in the World.

Would like to spend time reading too, especially on those notoriously long bus rides everyone takes about, but the easiest way to carry masses of books is with the kindle, yet more technology, haha. So we try to escape but sometimes it is harder than we think.

20. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 4y

Lots and lots of people are travelling the way you describe, but they're not staying in hostels with other foreigners, they're not taking photos that they care about and they're not downloading books and Lonely Planet guides onto Kindles. These travellers are a vanishing breed, but they're still out there in substantial numbers off the beaten path in developing countries, nowhere near the Gringo Trail.