going away for a while - bring laptop?

Travel Forums General Talk going away for a while - bring laptop?

Last Post
11. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I like to travel light (very light*) because most of my trips are rough and I have enough to carry already for my photography hobby. So, I never even thought about bringing my laptop.

Also, I somehow have a feeling that computer represents my boss and my clients (ghost in the 'puter …….brrrrr…….). So, when I go on vacation, I want it to be a real vacation and I want to stay away from anything that represents work.

Anyway, the longest vacation I can be away from work is 2-3 weeks the maximum. I conventionally use pen and real notebook (paper) to do my travel notes, use the external hard drive to transfer and keep photos. Buy and send real postcards to family and friends, etc.

Thereafter, from my written travel note, I gradually work on the blog and finish them long after I come back from the trip…. Well, who cares how long I take to finish them. I don't think anyone is waiting to read my blog.

Anyway, if I have a chance to travel longer (say.. 2 months up).. I will sure bring the laptop because there will be no way for my external hard drive to keep up with number of photos I take.

I think .. to bring laptop or not would depends on the length of your trip as well as how rough it is. Who would bring the laptop to camp at the top of the mountain or for photography trip in the desert….eh?

12. Posted by Scoty-p (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

This is my first trip to Oz and hopefully not my last. i'm planning on a 2 year working holiday but like most of you are wondering whether or not to take my lap-top. it's fairly new and got a stupid amount of memory on it which would be very useful for storing all those photo's and vids, however, its a toshiba and not the lightest. i'm not yet web enabled on it as i haven't got chance but i want to know if i decide to leave it behind, what's the chances of getting to a cybecafe and uploading my photo's there? or if i do take it then whats the chance of it getting broken or stolen? bit of an enigma? any help?

13. Posted by Gemi9bear (Budding Member 86 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My take would be to leave the laptop behind!!
At one point, I thought you (itchyfeet2) could not leave behind your work or something close to that!!
(actually that would be my core point in stressing that I would not take my laptop along....)

I have to admit that it's pretty convenient nowadays that we come across internet cafes that provide services at reasonable price, just about everywhere. (There might be some exceptional cases, but I would say it's rare not to have found one.) Having a portable harddisk with you, you could probably upload online tonnes of pictures easily. Just need to sign up on websites like:

Blogging as one travels can be fun and more interesting especially in cases like a few months' travel because it's quite hard to remember in details of activities done or amazing things seen. And more often than not, passionate travellers choose to capture every wonderful moments of travelling, which is definitely not a bad practice. I would probably choose to make small notes as I go along - simple and convenient (just need to find a spot, spend a few minutes, register in words on things experienced. Or for ardent bloggers, as mentioned, internet cafes arent a bad idea, I am sure one can remember things that happen within a week's time of travelling, thus saving time to go searching for one very now and then...

Some of you had the point there that bringing laptop along is so much a convenience itself - but I would not want to enjoy my swim in the sea or a walk down the beach, having to worry if it is safe to leave my laptop in the room (and for backpackers, you should know it's a common thing that sometimes we do share the dorms with strangers..and not to say the laptop would be gone - more of being able to enjoying the moments without having to worry about these small details of things..:))

For me, it's already a challenge having to keep an eye on my gadgets - camera, mobile phones, external harddisk etc.
Nah, I am not ready to worry for another one - the laptop! It'll be a heartache if I am unfortunately to lose it by any chance....It's worth a reminder here that snatch thefts on broad daylight is quite a common thing especially in SEA, not sure 'bout elsewhere, and it happened many times to travellers. Just be careful if you have finally decide to bring the machine along... ;)

Oh well......just my two cents worth of opinion on this topic.

14. Posted by fuzzypuppy (Budding Member 62 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I would not recommend taking a heavy laptop. In my first year of university I carried around my nice 15" Dell. It was about 9lbs.

No matter how useful it was, I stopped carrying it and just used the campus computers. It was just way too heavy with all my books and nootes and this was just me taking the bus to and from home. I'm now in my 5th year and am once again carrying a laptop. Only this time I have a 12" one that's about 4 lbs. If you're going to carry a laptop I would highly recommend you get one of the smaller ones.

If you do decide to leave your laptop behind for space constraints, maybe look into a custom knoppix bootable CD which will boot an operating system from a CD bypassing any spyware installed on cafe computers or maybe a USB flash drive and PortableApps (software that runs from your flash drive without being installed). Best of all, those solutions are completely free and open source. (meaning if you're so inclined, you can get the source code and modify the program yourself)

15. Posted by itchyfeet2 (Budding Member 58 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Ahhhhh, .... not im double triple confused!
I was set on taking it and now i think about it .... im not so sure. Reason i wanted to take it is because im away for a long time - possibly over a year and it would be great to have the chance to update my pics etc when i want to. but I really dont want to have to worry abt the safety element.

Ho hum ,,,, what to do ? ...

16. Posted by fuzzypuppy (Budding Member 62 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Well, it's all up to you and there are a number of options. You said you already have a laptop? What model is it? How heavy is it?

I listed my laptopless solutions in my last post, but here are some alternate laptop ideas, if you don't mind buying new hardware:

  • Any ultra-mobile pc (go to hardware section in the sidebar to see manufacturers)

  • Palm Lifedrive, it has 4GB of memory and it's fairly small

  • A small laptop, 13" or under. Some of them are fairly affordable

17. Posted by itchyfeet2 (Budding Member 58 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It's a DELL - 15 inch - quite robust and around 6 months old.

I think I'll have to leave her behind!


18. Posted by Zoom (Full Member 131 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Go with the 15 inch MacBook Pro. 15.4 inch screen, 5.4 pounds, 1 inch thick. Very bright screen, battery lasts longer than a PC. Bring along some fav DVD's to play and watch when all those flights are delayed. Don't have to worry about viruses and the thing works like a dream - never have any problem with them (have a 17 inch also) Mac is the way to go, cost more than DELL but then DELL is Crapola (sorry but it is)....... Zoom - telling it like it is....

19. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i know it's shiny... and expensive...

but what about an iPod Touch? it has WiFi built in
it might take a while to learn how to type using one finger, but it's small enough to hide easily in your pocket.
Use in cafes/hotels ...

20. Posted by I-Travel (Budding Member 48 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I was considering the pros and cons of taking a laptop last year at that time I was not sure how long I would be away from my world. Being a very light packer I was not willing to haul about 7 pounds of laptop.....so I bought a samsung ultra mobile computer (seven inch screen with full sized keyboard) ... added all my software...I love this thing and it weights all of 1.5 pounds.

pictures, blog, email, wireless, you name it this bad boy does the job.

it so works for me!