laptop------ to bring or not to bring?

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1. Posted by iart (Budding Member 16 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

hi all,

I am going to travel next 2 months, but am considering whether to buy a laptop or not, course I was plan to use it for mailing, phone calling, photo retouching , resizing photo, searching information and doing some design stuffs...but It may brings a problem on being alert all the time on looking at my laptop (for safe and not being stolen), do you have any suggestion or opinion?

2. Posted by andifras (Full Member 55 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I wouldn't bother. You can phone home and email home from internet cafe's etc. There will be a high risk of it being nicked or damaged. Plus do you really want that extra weight with you all that time? That's my opinion anyway!

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I agree with Andifras, and I am attached at the hip to my laptop;)
There are many ways around it..internet cafes, burning photos to CD...:)

4. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

In general, I wouldn't either. But you said that you were using it to retouch images and design certain things, so if it's for work and you need it, go for it. It's a lot more convienient to bring it with you than to travel from internet café to internet café hoping that they have the software on their computers that you need.

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Is all the photo retouching and design stuff for a job? If so, then I would look at bringing the laptop. You can get some pretty rugged laptops (google toughbooks) that can take a lot of abuse. I worked at a cable company for a bit, and all the installers had tough books.

If, however, it is for personal use, then leave the laptop at home. Internet cafes are plentiful around the world.

In fact, I am going to be in Paris for two weeks in October for work, and I will have my laptop with me. I am thinking about taking the 2 weeks after off, and and trying to determine if I want to just Fedex my laptop home so as not to be encumbered by it whilest travelling.

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5503 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I have been travelling with laptop for the last 20 months, and I don't think I could do without. Photography is indeed the biggest usecase. Doing this after the fact... well, it'd simply be impossible. This way I'm managing to get the backlog of unedited pictures to a manageable level, and can constantly free up my memory cards after long shooting sessions. (Two months is right over the edge where I think it'd be too long to do without laptop, though I guess it kinda depends on just how many pictures you'd take.) Same for keeping notes on what you've done / writing weblog entries and the like.
Also having your own browser and bookmarks and preferences and everything is a great goodness. Just plug in at an internet cafe, or use WiFi where available, and you have all your daily tools right there.

Yes, you end up being slightly paranoid, always looking after the damned thing (when I was staying in hostels, I'd have the backpack with laptop with me all the time - even when cooking dinner in the kitchens and such), but it's a small price to pay, really. Laptops have finally reached the point where they're light enough that you can very easily carry them around (2kg or less) and have batteries that last long enough (5+ hours) to be useful. I don't think I've stayed in a hostel this last year where there weren't at least one or two other people who also travelled with laptop.

Of course I guess it also depends on where you're going to travel. I can see it being a lot less useful (and a much more attrective target for thiefs) in say, Africa than in other places.

7. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

i agree with Sander, i couldnt & wouldnt go anywhere without mine either, i travelled for as long as 1yr straight and always had my laptop on me, just make sure you backup your stuff all the time incase of damages or stolen, no way of totally avoiding that to happen

but luckily i've been so good so far, it's worth the risk to me

8. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Laptops are definitely good if you have spare time on your hands whilst travelling.

I agree completely with the idea of using them for photo editting. They can also be good for testing cheap DVD's or CD's you may buy whilst abroad

9. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Bringing laptop for months while backpacking? How would I imagine that from different perspectives? Tell me please.


10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I holidayed in Thailand & The Philippines at the beginning of this year. I was mostly at beach areas, and had plenty of free time. If I had a laptop with me then, I could have easily sorted out pictures from my digital camera. Also made sure DVDs & CDs that I had bought worked OK. If not, I could exchange them immediately.

I'll be travelling in Hong kong, Australia & China during July & August. I plan to take my laptop this time. Saves a backlog of computer work after the vacation is over.