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bring a laptop or not?

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if it's a half year trip in Asia?
8 years ago, November 14th 2012 No: 1 Msg: #163098  
well, basically for me a laptop is simply for booking cheap flights and couchsurfing.
i take no camera, neither do i write any journal.
i'm also worried about pilferage. it's unsafe to leave a electronic product in hostels, isn't it?

the only travelling experience i've got is hitchhiking around my own country.
i never took something like a laptop with me since i wouldn't need any flying or tips.
so please give me some advice about it. thx. Reply to this

8 years ago, November 14th 2012 No: 2 Msg: #163100  
If all you need a computer for it flights and couchsurfing, then perhaps leave it at home. Most backpacker places around Asia have access to the internet, so you don't need your own.

As you say, if you take it, there is always a chance that it might get stolen.

An alternative is to take a smart phone and use local sim cards to power it, thus reducing the bill. This would give you internet access and communication with friends and family. Reply to this

8 years ago, November 14th 2012 No: 3 Msg: #163101  
thanks, i'm trying to figure out if my android phone is able to pay flights and e-visas by credit cards. Reply to this

8 years ago, November 14th 2012 No: 4 Msg: #163121  
You should be able to do everything on your android phone, I pay for things on mine with no problem.

Even if you don't get a local SIM to use the data while you are away you can always just use it via wireless, if it's just for booking flights etc then you should be able to do everything you need on that albeit a bit slower than using a laptop. Reply to this

8 years ago, November 18th 2012 No: 5 Msg: #163250  
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I wouldnt bother..you can still find internet cafes and wifi ..just added stress that you will find you dont need. Reply to this

8 years ago, November 19th 2012 No: 6 Msg: #163259  
yes! I think there are such internet cafe. so you can bring your laptop i think. Enjoy! Reply to this

8 years ago, December 7th 2012 No: 7 Msg: #164060  
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laptop is very useful especially when there is an internet connection ... so definitely you have to bring a laptop during a trip

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8 years ago, December 7th 2012 No: 8 Msg: #164064  
I wouldnt bother with a laptop ifyoure staying in backpackers, you'd want something small that you can carry with you so perhaps a netbook or an ipad or a smartphone but really most places will have a computer of some sort or worst case is you have to search out an internet cafe or a 3 or 4 star hotel so you can borrow their pc's. Reply to this

8 years ago, December 9th 2012 No: 9 Msg: #164115  
I'm a big fan of bringing my netbook (instead of the larger laptop), but that is so I can sort my photographs and write my blogs. If I wasn't doing either, then I would favour relying on Internet cafes instead. Reply to this

8 years ago, December 12th 2012 No: 10 Msg: #164225  
We travel with a 13" laptop and an ipad. But, we write our blog on the road, enjoy reading the latest news for ten minutes each morning and staying in touch with family.

It sounds like your needs would be minimal and your needs could be met at an internet cafe.

Your life will be simplified by not having to carry it around and keeping it safe. Reply to this

8 years ago, December 15th 2012 No: 11 Msg: #164311  
yes, you have too.. but if you have handy android phone/gadgets.. better... easy to capture great moments..

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8 years ago, December 17th 2012 No: 12 Msg: #164381  
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yes , i bring it if it is half year.
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8 years ago, December 17th 2012 No: 13 Msg: #164393  
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I always take my netbook - but I agree with other comments that if you're not blogging or checking photos on the road it's probably not necessary. Reply to this

8 years ago, December 18th 2012 No: 14 Msg: #164398  
I wouldn't take it if I were you. to many chances for it get stolen.

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8 years ago, December 20th 2012 No: 15 Msg: #164509  
i carry my Sony notebook it's small and i can always keep it while travelling. Reply to this

8 years ago, December 21st 2012 No: 16 Msg: #164523  
I have with my notebook and I think it's essential for me to keep in touch with the world.
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8 years ago, December 24th 2012 No: 17 Msg: #164585  
I'd be very careful when using Internet cafes and hotel computers for buying tickets or making other purchases. In Asia many computers run without anti-virus programs which, thanks to malware and other dubious viruses, could capture your credit card number and other personal details.

I'd go down the smart phone route. Most decent travel sites now have applications for both Android and iOS. Reply to this

8 years ago, January 8th 2013 No: 18 Msg: #164971  
Netbook is a great solution.
- you can upload your photos
- you can write a blog from your journey (which I highly recommend). Great way of saving memories and also communicate with everyone who's concerned if you're still alive (as long as you update it every couple days)
- battery life in most netbooks is 4-5 hours so it gives you a chance to watch a movie or two when you're in the road.
- free wi-fi gives you free internet access whenever you want - and this might be really helpful. Booking tickets, booking hostels, checking bank account(!) :D checking the weather etc.

I always travel with my netbook and don't think you should be worried of it being stolen. Mine spent with me 6 weeks in Asia (Thailand, Laos, Malaysia). Don't even remember hiding it to much.
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