Travel with or without a laptop

2 years, 8 months ago

I am soon going to head off travelling for an indefinite amount of time – at least a few months with no plan or agenda. Just wandering.

I do not know whether to take my laptop or not.

The purpose of my journey is one of self discovery. I don’t have expectations of any great epiphany or realisations about myself necessarily, but I do want to break out of my 9-5, evenings on the computer and in front of the tv, routine. I want to shock my system and meet new people and have new experiences and awaken a side of me that I know has been dormant for far too long.

It has always been a given that I would take my laptop, but now I am not so sure. I really enjoy writing, and the plan was to take my laptop to write my journal, thoughts, fiction, and hopefully start a blog.
Yet, mentally it is already burdening me. Both in terms of worrying about the security of such an expensive item, and also spending the time on it.

Which do you think has the greater pay off? Having a connection to the world which would allow me to research destinations, blog, communicate and efficiently manage my trip. Or going without and seeing how a break from technology changes me? I don’t know which option has the greater pay-off.

Any thoughts or experiences would be appreciated.

July 26, 2012 at 6:12 am

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Can you stop using your laptop and watching TV at home? Try that first if you don’t have any important work on it, make a priority list with the things you want to do and figure out what you use your laptop for mostly and how it is helping you or just distracting you. Imagine how it must have been before the internet was invented. If you want a break from people for self-discovery, then don’t take it, your phone is going to do the same job at least for contact – since you are going to be away for month or more. And you could buy a map. Although, if you don’t have a specific destination or plan you better think of some. You just might get lost, you know.

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Profile photo of Dsun Dre Dsun Dre (@dsundre) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

at the very most if i did this i would have an old cheap unlocked smartphone with wifi and google maps + internet access, even without a carrier you can still get wifi from almost anywhere now..

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Profile photo of Kidd Kidd (@kidd) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

I personally say don’t take it.

For one, it’s one more thing to worry about and if you’re wandering around without a plan, you don’t need anything else to worry about, lol. For two, you’ll be too busy for it, save for the end of the day.

If you still want to keep a journal, do it the old fashion way: use paper and pen.

That all being said, the decision is obviously yours.

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Profile photo of KT KT (@kathompson1121) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

I think a laptop would be most useful for researching places and points of interest to explore, then again you could just ask the locals. They would probably be more knowledgeable than the internet anyways.

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