Traveling with Computers
Here are some resources I've found for us. But I think we can all agree that in the world of our little electronic friends, faster and fancier options are just around the next email.
Please add your experience, advice, and additional resources in the comment section.
See you out there!
So, you're going on a big trip. You plan to do lots of writing. What kind of computer should you take?
- Dana Wireless from AlphaSmart, Cynthia Barnes,travel writer
- Apple iBook, Carla King, tech writer and travel writer Read Carla's gear column for all sorts of on the road tech advice.
- Fujitsu P2000, Mike Pugh,travel website producer
Read Mike's article on the equipmenthe used for his 14-month journey.
"If you don’t need to edit photos, video, etc. from the road I recommend just writing in notebooks, making photocopies of your work from time to time, and sending them home (I always write in notebooks anyway, even at home). But if you wish to develop multimedia or a website on the road, bring a small laptop."
My wife and I will be traveling with our travel trailer on the road for an extended trip - 18 months touring the United States starting from our home in New Mexico. How can we be linked to the internet so that we can send and receive email, and faxes etc to anyone we need to. Our daughter has agreed to scan and send all our incoming snail mail of importance to us. We want to be able to write, and submit all required information for publications, and queries while be parked in a campground in Podunk,XP.. Looking for suggestions and resources..--a WR question from a traveler named Richard
Well Richard, that's a great question. Here are a few ideas that might work for you. It all depends on how podunk you are trying to go. Maybe a super techie can chime in and let us know about a digital-MacGyver kit for you.
- Pay and FREE wireless hotspots across the U.S.: JiWire.com
- $29.99/month T-Mobile Hotspots (in all but nine states)
- Ekit.com:For travelers who want to stay in touch.
- BootsnAll Travel Blogs. Let your friends check in with You
More Online Resources
I've had easy internet access in Australia (with Global Gossip and several indies), Thailand, Amsterdam, easyInternetCafe in London and Munich, and I even found an internet cafe open 22hrs in a small town in Bulgaria. I remember having to hunt around for them in Florence, Italy, but that was in 2001.
I used a Dazzle with my digital camera card to swap my documents between computers at friends and internet cafes. There are also lots of tiny lightweight memory sticks that would be of great use if you want to leave your computer in the security box while you're out humping the pavement.
For security and protective gear for your equipment:
Traveling for business? More and more hotels are going wireless.
In-Room High Speed Internet Access via a wired ethernet cable connection