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1. Posted by Benway (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hello all,
firstly i would like to thank all those who have ever posted in this forum. your advice has been invaluable and the confidence it breeds is priceless.
i am setting of to chile/boliva/peru/and costa rica in april and its so close.....
has anybody dragged there laptop through these places?
i was going to , i just dont know if i can be bothered im starting to think that the bad(the worrie...its juts like a good man...) will out weigh the good(storage of photos, writing, mp3s, movies etc) and besides isnt part of the appeal of traveling removeing yourself from the comforts of the west.
but i like my laptop so much........
any thoughts?

2. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I was thinking the same thing and have decided to leave mine at home.
I bought one in canada in june and then spent 6 months travelling around canda,america,new zealand and australia with it and it certainly came to good use especially for photos and for doing my blog amongst other things.
But i always had places to leave it when i was out and about,be it a locker,my friends private room or car if i needed to.
This time seeings as im travelling alone its just not worth the risk.
And if i want to go off and do some trekking for several days up in the mountains a laptop is the last thing you want with you.
I did a 3 day trek at Abel Tasman in New Zealand with a American guy i met and luckily i left most of my things laptop included with my friends and met up with them 3 days later.
If i was alone with the laptop i couldnt of done the trek which turned out to be the best 3 days of the whole trip.

The only thing thats bothering me is i really like to keep a blog with lots of photos up to date so all my friends and family can see where i am.But this time it wont be possible.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Here's some information that may help inform your decision.

There are TONS of internet cafes in South America, and prices are not very expensive. Get yourself a photo site and you can easily upload on the road, or burn your photos onto a CD and mail it home.


4. Posted by jccosta (Full Member 48 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Benway

I did bolivia/peru and chile last year and I could found cyber cafes in all location too easy. My advice is to not bring your computer.

5. Posted by Macachae (Full Member 240 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting jccosta

My advice is to not bring your computer.

I agree, In B.A. 1 hour surfing is $1 (peso)