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Preparing to Travel? Bring your Laptop!

A cute little 10-inch netbook computer can be in your hot little hands for less than $200 nowadays. If you stuff one into your backpack before your next trip to anywhere, you will be endlessly thankful.


All of the beautiful photos in this article are from spaces in Luang Prabang, Laos, that have free Wi-fi internet access. Honestly. Isn’t that amazing??

“WHAT?!” you holler, jumping closer to the screen. “You mean I can sip icy Lao tea on the palm-studded banks of the Mekong River, and access Facebook at the same time?

Yes, sir or madam, you can.

“You mean I can watch the graceful bamboo irrigation tubes trickle fresh water into the riverside crops and still have a place to plug in my baby Asus or Acer or Dell?”

Yes, indeed. The Lao cafe manager is also using it to power his computer as we speak.

“You mean I can avoid the dark, sweaty Internet cafes stuffed with German men hollering sweet talk via Skype to their thoughrouly cheated-on girlfriends back in Dresden?”

Yes, thank heavens, you can.

“You mean I can save the $2 a day by avoiding these same Internet cafes and instead spend it on four flaky golden croissants while slurping the free net signal from the air above?”

Amen and yum, yes.

“You mean, if I pick one of the many $10-a-night hotels that provide free Wi-fi, I can chat online with my friends and family in the States, while simulteaneously wearing my pajamas and bunny slippers?”

Yes, but you will be hot in Southeast Asia with bunny slippers.

In short: I was extremely nervous about bringing a fancy electronic abroad, but ultimately a $200 value is a relatively non-stressful liability (especially given how much money, time, and stress it saves you), and when the dreaded day came when my netbook broke, it was easy and hilarious enough to fix it.

If my Asus got stolen (nooo! let’s hope it doesn’t!) I would trot back out an invest in another, because it has been THAT good to me. I am bending down right now to kiss it.

For any journey abroad of longer than two weeks, a baby laptop is a must-have.


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Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Thursday 22nd of December 2011

It's weird. My first trip three big trips abroad I traveled without a laptop and there was something very special about being that disconnected from the world. Nowadays, I can't imagine traveling without my laptop. This may sound sad, but it's the longest and more reliable relationship I've ever had. It's my TV, a place where I can save and look at photos, it's my family with skype, it's my guidebook and nowadays it's even my office. I don't think it's necessary for EVERYONE to bring a laptop on their travels. But I think it's plausible for anyone to bring it.


Thursday 22nd of December 2011

So well said!


Thursday 23rd of December 2010

Loved the post :) I had a little net book I used to bring with me to travel and it is the best idea ever. Also I tend to take zillions of photos and it is good to have a backup copy of them on a lap top / net book. The only thing I don't bring with me are my bunny slippers and sometimes I wish I did.

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Wednesday 26th of May 2010

Dave said... I nominate this for funniest post yet. Fur serious.

November 10, 2009 3:48 AM

Lisa-Marie said... This made me laugh out loud! Parents shot me a funny look, woops :) This is so inspiring I feel like just getting up and going now! :( xxx

April 11, 2010 1:55 AM

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