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Is it wise to travel with my laptop?

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Taking a survey - Should I travel with my laptop?
9 years ago, February 13th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #103591  
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I am going to be traveling for approx. a year and a half, mainly through Southeast Asia. Debating on whether or not to take my laptop with me. I really want to, but will it really be more of a hassle? Some books I have read says not to take it, but I was looking at the JiWire website and there seems to be quite alot of wifi access throughout SE Asia. Should I or shouldn't I??
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9 years ago, February 14th 2010 No: 2 Msg: #103635  
Hello Tracy 😊

I personally wouldnt take one, unless I needed it for more than just blogging and sending emails. It would be another thing that is worth stealing, so needs to be looked after, and I dont like having things like that with me, when I am travelling.

There are plenty of internet cafes in SE Asia and they are not expensive.

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9 years ago, February 15th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #103703  

9 years ago, February 16th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #103821  
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Mell,

Thanks for the links!

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9 years ago, February 18th 2010 No: 5 Msg: #104104  
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Hi Tracy,

Welcome to TravelBlog.

What size/weight is your laptop? I wouldn't take my laptop, but my netbook - yes, absolutely!
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9 years ago, February 18th 2010 No: 6 Msg: #104143  
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I have a MacBook Pro, very light. I am going to take a look at the netbook. I am not familiar with them. Thanks for the tip. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 19th 2010 No: 7 Msg: #104287  
I'd second the netbook! I've travelled with a 13.3" screen laptop before which weighed 1.8kg, but now I have a 10.1" screen netbook which weighs 1.3kg and gives me over 10 hours of battery life. The difference is significant. I would never travel without it as it enables me to store my photos and access the net without sitting in an Internet Cafe. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 21st 2010 No: 8 Msg: #104463  
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I travle with my note book all the time is is small but I could not live with out it. I am doing a rtw trip. Reply to this

9 years ago, March 1st 2010 No: 9 Msg: #105359  
The weight og just one Lonely Planet guide book is already half of your laptop. Download the guide books onto your laptop. In Asia there is a lot of wifi (free) I travel (on my bicycle) for many years with my Macbook. I love it. I hate cybercafés because they are not cafés, they are like offices. Fluorescent lights, no views, no music and no beer. Awful places really. Writing, working on photos, watching films, news, working on website, blog (Macjournal) It is nice to be creative while on the road.

If you worry about theft. Don't. Do you not take a camera because it might get stolen, right? Asia is very safe anyway.



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9 years ago, March 1st 2010 No: 10 Msg: #105415  
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Thanks for the info. What's the best way to keep my computer secure? Do places have lockboxes that I would be able to lock it up when I am away from my room, especially if I go hiking? Reply to this

9 years ago, March 1st 2010 No: 11 Msg: #105433  
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A lot of hostels do have lockers these days, take your own good lock.

What sort of accomodation are you planning on using? Reply to this

9 years ago, March 2nd 2010 No: 12 Msg: #105478  
As well as putting it in a locker, I suggest you carry a small bag separate to your main luggage to put valuables such as laptop, camera... Then it will be easier to take these things to the bathroom etc with you. Reply to this

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