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32. Posted by jennwtb (Budding Member 35 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting trueblue

You can find internet cafes wherever you go.A laptop to
me is just more unneeded luggage.

Yeah you're right.....

When I go travel I prefer to leave my laptop at home.

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

The bad thing about a lot of the internet cafes is that they often have a virus that can infect your memory stick. Aside from they, they are slow, making it difficult to upload and send photos, journals, etc. An internet cafe might be okay for the casual traveler, but when it is needful to get an article to an editor, it is much better to use your laptop and just get into the vicinity of a a major hotel, most starbucks, an airport, or a university. Wifi is fast and certain. You are not going to pick up a virus using your own laptop. It is also easier to edit your photos in your own time and not when you are near an internet. I value the advantages and conveniences of carrying mine over the inconvenience of the extra weight. The scooter has not once complained about being overloaded.

34. Posted by fuzzypuppy (Budding Member 62 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thank you for pointing this out hindu1936!

I always get annoyed when people say you don't need a laptop because there are internet cafes around.

So these people are perfectly comfortable checking their online banking in a strange cafe where there could be keyloggers or viruses ready to steal your information? Heck, even just having your email address and password stolen to use it as a spam account would cause a lot of disruption.

Or what about booking train tickets or a tour for the next day? At 1am?

And they've never encountered the oppressive internet filtering practices of a less than free country? Australia now makes this exclusive list, along with China and Saudi Arabia. When I want to get around this, all I need to do is vpn into my company's servers and access those sites from there.

Internet cafes are no substitute for your own laptop if you value electronic security.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Jul-2009, at 00:12 by fuzzypuppy ]

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36. Posted by colinmc (Full Member 129 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

i bought myself a little acer note book at only £200 i thought it was a cheap price to pay if it ment keeping my bank details safe.
i also used it every night to email my family back home and upload pictures onto facebook, all in all i would highly recomend taking it, mayb not a full size 15" laptop but pick urself up a small notebook,

37. Posted by rico907 (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I haven't taken a laptop before but this time I will for my journey through Asia. I recently got a HP Mini which i absolutely love. It is small, great battery life, and does everything you will need to accomplish on the road. safe travels.

38. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I take it only when I travel for work/touring stuff, not when I'm travelling for fun. I find I internalise more, exist in my own little world when I have it rather than opening my eyes to what's going on around me. That said, I rarely travel for more than six weeks at a time, so if you're going for like a year, then I would definitely take one.

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