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1. Posted by Cok Facé (Budding Member, 2 posts) 12 Jan '13 13:32

I'm thinking of taking my Macbook Pro travelling with me when I leave in a couple of months. But I'm really not sure. I'm planning on going for just under 2 years on my own, starting in Central America then on to South America, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, S.E Asia, India, China, S. Korea and finally Japan. I'm going to do it on a shoestring so I will be staying in dorms. I've read quite a few forums and had very mixed responses regarding this subject - as you'd imagine! But as I'll be doing a RTW trip on my own and staying in cheap dorms I feel that I need my own thread.

My personal advantages of taking the laptop: I have an old iPhone 3GS that I'll be taking so it'll be nice to add new music, upload photos, write a travel log, do internet banking etc, FaceTime/Skype and play movies (or football manager) when it's raining or I'm lonely.

I'll be upset if I lose it, but it won't be the end of the world. Although, I am a bit of a worrier...

What do you think? Should I take it with me or not?

Thanks.

(People who have had personal experience with this would be greatly appreciated).

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Jan-2013, at 13:39 by Cok Facé ]

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1571 posts) 12 Jan '13 13:47

Even the 13" is a heavy piece of hardware to haul around, but it's up to personal preference. Unless you were doing major stuff with photos/video then I don't see the need for a laptop when you have the iPhone, but it's up to you.

Something like this is handy in dorms, especially in hostels with crappy lockers: http://pacsafe.com/travelsafe-12l-portable-safe (Not to be confused with the giant mesh Pacsafes that cover your entire backpack - in my opinion they're useless - but that's another discussion...)

Cheers,
Terry

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Jan-2013, at 13:49 by CheersT ]