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1. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I am travelling around South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and onto Australia.
I have a very expensive laptop at 2k – Sony. Nice and small.

Can I hide my laptop in hotels? In safes when in Thailand? What about mud huts? Or stash it?

I’m OK in South Africa because I stay with friends and in Australia I am OK because I look to rent.

I am travelling in March 2007, and I don’t know when I return……………..I am 25 years old, male, only came back from living in the UK
Myself for nearly 4 years.

I need a laptop for my job and for others to keep in contact with me,

Also, anyone have any idea of how much I need for spending money in Thailand to really REALLY enjoy myself and for South Africa though
I got free accommodation. But in Thailand I don’t or Vietnam or Cambodia.


2. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I met people travelling with laptops (several who got theirs stolen, too), and I got the impression that it really isn't worth the hassle. Better invest in one of them special memorysticks that allow you to run your personal client software directly from them, independent of the terminal you're using. Maybe different for Africa, but in Asia and the Americas, internet cafés abound.

3. Posted by nichoco (Budding Member 22 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You may want to look at a PDA. I like tha palm system ones,less problems than Pocket pc.I have one of the special thumb memory's a 4 gig sandisc U3 system.It's soso.I would look at the Lexar Power to Go system.I've heard good things about it.It's a Lexar thumb drive with softwear built in that allows the thumb drive to work as a seperate machine.

4. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

thanks very much for your helpful advice and replys:)

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5293 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I've actually travelled with laptop for 2+ years, and I couldn't have done without. There's no way I'd trust computers in internet cafes for things like banking (not even with the browser running from a USB-stick; there's things such a setup protects against, but keyloggers aren't amongst it), and it's just a great goodness to have your browser set up the way you want, have all your bookmarks there, etc. Plus it's great for editing photos at night in a hostel, so you won't let them build up over your entire trip and then have too large a backlog to ever get anywhere.

Yes, you have to pay extra attention to the laptop - always bring it with you, never leave it in the room (if you do, sooner or later it will be stolen - the temptation is just too great), and also never flaunt that you're carrying it... But, at least for me, that was a price more than worth paying. (It should be said though that I only travelled in the USA/New Zealand/Australia; a laptop might be more of a target in parts of South East Asia...)

6. Posted by worldwideG (Respected Member 117 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i know this was posted a while back but it could be helpful to others s i'll post my opinion. i'm in agreement with sander on this one. i bought my laptop in hong kong whilst during my trip and it is invaluable for things like editing and storing photos. if you travel with mp3 or i-pod it is also great for downloading new music or podcasts to keep you amused/entertained on long bus rides. you can also keep your diary on your laptop. it is also a more secure way of online banking as no-one else has access to the keystrokes. you'd be surprised by how many wi-fi places there are in asia also. this can save you money by having a wi-fi laptop. admittedly mine didn't cost anywhere near 2k but nevertheless it is a security concern but no more than an expensive camera. your travel insurance should cover it though should it be stolen. thing with insurance companies is - they're happy to insure you and take your money but not so happy to pay out on a claim.

7. Posted by mdancy (Full Member 104 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Here's my two cents

My husband objected, but still I traveled last year from HK thru SE Asia, China, Russia, Europe with my Mac Powerbook (a 2k investment as well). It was a great tool! Used it a lot - like worldwideG said - wi-fi abounds in SE Asia. Did my banking, bill paying, photos, taxes, etc. I'd do it again, but maybe get something smaller and lighter. It got to be quite heavy. I took the risk and left it in hotels - maybe I was just lucky. But then we never stayed in shared rooms.


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9. Posted by koalabear (Full Member 121 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

We travelled with an apple mac, was the best thing we did. Usually we just locked it into our backpacks or hide it in the room and hoped for the best .;)

10. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

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[ Edit: Edited on Feb 13, 2007, at 6:05 PM by Hien ]