Traveling with your laptop

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by C5dad, May 9, 2017.

  1. arbr0972

    arbr0972 Adventurer

    Apr 21, 2015
    steamboat springs
    I think bringing a laptop on a RTW trip is a great idea. There WILL be situations where having the convenience of a laptop can have huge impact on your day to day and your trip. Having the luxury of a laptop while in a foreign country can allow you to get out of your own head for a bit and connect with others (advrider/facebook) and bring you a sense of not being so alone, which Im sure every long-distance independent traveler will experience at some point or another... Thule Vectros is a great case for the Macbook Pro and is what I use after having tried Speck and Tech21 cases and seeing them both fail. Take w/GOS
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  2. FlatFifthFury

    FlatFifthFury Adventurer

    Jan 23, 2016
    Longmont, Colorado
    As a working photographer who prefers to travel by motorcycle for projects when possible I'm not sure that I'd bother with a laptop on a big trip. Even on my two week trips I don't bring a laptop. If you want net connectivity then you have your phone which is easier to pack, keep charged and harder to destroy. A tiny netbook might be the solution. They are small, cheap and if you are only shooting jpg and not a raw file will be able to crop and upload photos to your blog or whatnot. If you kill the netbook you are only out $150 or so. They will have two usb ports so that you can back up your images to external drives. I do suggest solid state be it a flash drive or an external SSD as they are much more rugged than spinning drives. Another solution would be a small tablet but to me that is essentially just a more expensive option than the netbook. I tried that a while ago and ditched it.

    Now I'm just using my phone with an OTG card reader/hub for end of day backups. Besides, when I'm traveling I want to spend my time enjoying what I rode so far to see and not processing photos and blogging if at all possible.