We are off to Cuba (hopefully) and Mexico, is it worth taking the laptop? And probably heaps of other questions...!
We are planning a shortish trip to Cuba and Mexico, probably 3 weeks in each. I know I know, not long enough, but...its all we can manage right now.
We have heaps of questions, none of which I will put in here right now, but one that has been rattling around in our heads recently is about the lap top. Is it worth taking it? We'd mainly use it for downloading our photos then for resizing them ready to add here, and of course for writing the text for our blog. I imagine internet access to be easy enough in Mexico, at least in any more touristy place we end up in, but what about Cuba? I can see us having enough hassle finding decent access without having the added hassle of trying to connect our own laptop. Any thoughts / comments / suggestions? I can pretty much convince myself to leave it at home though. Also anything else you might like to share would be great. The only part of Mexico we plan to visit will be between Cancun and Mexico City ie we plan to fly from Havana to Cancun then overland before flying back home from Mexico City.
Hello Karen and Colin 😊
I heard that internet access is expensive in Cuba. Not sure if they have WLAN or not. It may be worth uploading you blogs and any other accessing of the internet in Mexico and in Cuba you could just write them to be uploaded when you leave Cuba.
I would leave the laptop at home to prevent having to look after it. You can always resize you photos and upload them when you get home.
Hi Karen and Colin,
As long as you can find internet cafes, it is mostly very easy to upload photos to travelblog. Using the "fast upload" application, you do not need to resize the photos first. I am usually able to get photos from my camera onto the PC, choose the ones I want to use and upload them to my blog all within an hour. I have been doing this for the last 10 months in South America. Whilst there are sometimes glitches, the majority of the time it is trouble free and preferable to lugging around a laptop. Also, when a memory card is full, I copy the pics to DVD which is my backup.
As for the text, you could try planning it before hand on paper, then blitz it in one go at an internet cafe. I just tend to pop into internet cafes most days just to check email or lots of hostels have free internet access. When the writing bug hits me, I can usually write most of my blog in one sitting.
Hope this helps!
Thanks all, that was pretty much what we had decided, but now that we have a lap top...the thought was there to actually use it somewhere other than our house! We've done the whole write a blog and upload pics later, and like you Ruth, I can easily sit there and blog for an hour or so. Thanks for confirming that what we have done before is still the best way to go about things! Enjoy your travels.