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11. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 873 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I've been traveling with a Asus its the same as the small Acers. No motherboard,so they can take a beating and still work fine. cheap but no dvd drive, for movies I have mp4 files that i can watch when on a train or plane

12. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I use a PC for about 3 hours per day - at work work and for a few hours a week at home. When I'm away (usually abut 4-5 months a year), a laptop is a definate no-no. There are webshacks everywhere around the world (within reason) and a book keeps me company.

13. Posted by hindu1936 (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

For the most part, and for most travelers, I would say leave the laptop at home. Except for me, of course. There are reasons for my being exceptional other than my good looks though, and one of the reasons I take a laptop is to record just about everything. I used to carry a journal for that purpose, but with a laptop I can write the story, illustrate with photos, dup it out and send it. The other reason is for making extra copies. We have a small laptop printer for the express purpose of avoiding the return trip at a bordert to a place to make extra copies. I also have my IDP, state driver's license, passport, insurance documents loaded and can make instant copies if needed, or if I were unscrupulous, I could alter the dates on my IDP when it expires and just print out the altered copy on the same paper type and weight of which by some miracle, I have several sheets. I don't have to wait in a PC room, agonize over the slow connection, or worry that I will run out of time. Every large hotel in the world, most MacDonald's, Starbucks, and resorts have wi-fi. In Montevideo, the hotels are close enought to the beach that you can rent the lounge chair and umbrella, sit in the shade getting a nice even tan and compose the next chapter using free internet connection.

For hikers, probably not useful. They do add weight. We have pretty secure locking boxes on the scooter and have found places where can safely lock the scooter while we are sightseeing. Weight is not much of a problem for us, but an extra two or three pounds in a backpack can ruin a whole day after a 20 miles hike.

14. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting figurine

...I'm not sure whether it would be worth it to bring a laptop with me...

Hi figurine. You've really answered your own question - but I think you know that.
Save your head and your back and leave it at home. You really won't miss it.

[ Edit: Edited on 14-May-2009, at 11:05 by fabyomama ]

15. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Post #14#.... Great Post and opinion.
A few years ago - laptops didn't even exist. We managed without 'em and holidays were more fun - that's official.

16. Posted by hindu1936 (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

ah come on now. a few years ago we didn't have GPS, email, malorone, medevac insurance, and digital cameras. Would you really like to go back to snail mail, malaria, not knowing exactly where you should turn, and worried about a catastrophic accident putting you a million bucks in the red? A laptop is a matter of choice. Noone should denigrate anyone else's use of it. I like know that at anytime I can safely tuck my photos and thoughts away, and if I really want to, I can a separate hard copy of them. I like being out in the middle of nowhere and being able to raise up the antennae. connect to a satellite and send an email or photos to anyone, anywhere. Because I don't hike much and my wife doesn't hike at all, we are always going to be near the scooter, so there isn't any weight concern. I enjoy the modern tools and wouldn't want to travel without them. I have done that. It was fun. I carried 20 rolls of film, a cannister of maps, and while on the road, was almost 100% out of touch with my family. There were no dehydrated foods. Yes, modernity sucks in some ways, but brother, I enjoy the convenience and ease of travel with today's miracle tools.

17. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Where is that official. I suppose you'd rather go and live in the stoneage and live in a cave somewhere, hunt for your food and die at 30. I will definitely be taking a netbook, they are getting fairly light and compact these days. Some people just aren't into gadgets and don't want to or how to use them. If you think there are things that you would use it for, take it. If you find it is a real burden or your not using it. Post it home or sell it.

18. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Post #17#.... Actually, apart from the "Die at 30" bit, the rest of it sounds OK, especially the time in a cave. You sound like someone who goes on holiday and spends 6 hours in front of the mirror every morning - then just about has enough time to go on the internet, before it's bed time!!

[ Edit: Edited on 16-May-2009, at 02:06 by Redpaddy ]

19. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Yea sure live in a cave for a couple of days, I'm sure it would be a great experience. But the nice thing about the world we live in now, is that when you want a nice comfy bed or a hot shower you can. I would much prefer to live as the locals do, eat as the locals, but with the advantages of modern technology. I suppose when you go away you don't take a phone/camera/mp3 player/debit/credit cards/good quality shoes/clothing/rucksack. All these modern things enhance a trip in my opinion. Theres noting wrong with having a compromise. It's as if the only way you think you can have a good time, is if you camp, build some sort of basic wood shelter and go hunt for your food, and to be quite honest some of your comments are ridiculous.

20. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

  1. s96024#.... Now lets see how much of what you suppose is correct.... A phone, camera, no shoes (just trainers) and clothes of adequate quality - no more than that (I don't need to stand out - as you obviously like to). Debit card - yes to use. Credit card - again yes, but only if needed as a deposit for a rent-a-car, otherwise never use 1 - either at home or abroad. Mp3 player - not at all. I like to listen to the local music, not stuff that's around my place and at work back in my home country. Rucksack?? Just an efficient one. Not something with designer labels all over it (bet you're well into stuff like that - designer sunglasses, the most expensive suncream etc).

So what you suppose is a little bit right - but mostly wrong, cos I need to travel and see things - not go on holiday to be seen.... Ugh.