traveling with netbook in SOA
Replies: 31 - Last Post: Nov 18, 2012 4:27 PM Last Post By: Doctornono
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Nov 16, 2012 12:13 AM
5I liked being able to skype home from the deck of the bungalow when it was convenient for as long as I liked without everybody having a listen. Then at night, its much easier to watch a bit of a movie than try and read with the lousy lighting in the room. I'm not the paranoid type so there were a lot of times it sat in the room rather than with me.
Nov 16, 2012 12:16 AM
6^^ I think you're in a different situation to the OP as you have visited Thailand so many times.
For a newbie, I think it's a shame to be living in a virtual world rather than the exciting real one just outside the door.
Nov 16, 2012 1:05 AM
7it would be better not to have the "mental weight/worry" of carrying something so precious for your first trip.
It will be an anchor !!!! all of a sudden you're not so free at the beach, hiking, adventure, etc etc.
but i think we all know that you will take your netbook.
after years of taking my trusty Acer on holidays with me I still get a bit paranoid about leaving it all alone in my bungalow..
buy a another new/cheap netbook, for travel, etc. they're cheap as chips these days!
a good lock
and bobs your uncle.
Nov 16, 2012 1:16 AM
8#4 it's about the place and not spending hours looking at a machine
Don't be silly, it's a few minutes a day. Business and banking, emails, skype, hotel booking. Sitting in a lovely spot, be it veranda oceanside or posh hotel room, it all beats sitting in a grubby, sticky internet cafe. I've carried mine for years and will continue to do so.
However I wouldn't dream of carrying it around with me all day. If your room does not have a safe then maybe reception does. I also have one of those special computer locks where you can tie it to something fixed which has often proven to be useful. You basically need to leave it out of sight and locked up. I find the Pacsafe retractable cable lock is a god send, you can use it in all sorts of ways like locking up lockless wardrobe and cupboard doors.
Nov 16, 2012 1:25 AM
9It won't stop you from experiencing the world! In the past 8 weeks I've toured Israel: swam in the Dead Sea, gone on multiple hikes, spent 2 days walking the streets of Amman, Jordan, rode camels across the pyramids in Egypt, horse trekked in Kashmir, hiked in Manali, swam in the ocean and toured the Kerala backwaters, rode motorcycles through the hills stations of Kerala, and been touring temples in Madurai. I'll spend all of tomorrow touring more temples, then spend 4 days swimming at Mamallapuram. The whole time I've had my macbook with me.
I've traveled over 30 countries with my Macbook and that includes hitch hiking across Siberia and Mongolia. You'll have no problem in Southeast Asia. Keep it in your room buried in your backpack when you aren't using it.
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Nov 16, 2012 5:08 AM
Just what I need when I am diving/climbing/trekking/canoeing/horseriding - a damn computer. How on earth do I manage without? Ok some folks like the things and it's a free world but please do not take up all the available table space in bars, cafe's etc.
They have definitely to some extent killed the banter that you used to encounter when I first started travelling. You OP are worried about whether it will be safe, so already an unnecessary burden of the mind. When I go backpacking I go light, I go for the experience. I do not want to be a mobile office. 5/4 star hotels take the thing, dorms, cheap guesthouses - leave it at home.
Nov 16, 2012 5:57 AM
Nov 16, 2012 6:08 AM
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