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??
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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What size/weight is your laptop? I wouldn't take my laptop, but my netbook - yes, absolutely!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
A lot of hostels do have lockers these days, take your own good lock.
What sort of accomodation are you planning on using?
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.