Q. Do I risk the laptop?
Q. Dear Sam,
I'm loving reading about your Paris experience, and so glad you finally did it.
So I'm wondering, did you take your laptop with you? Has it been practical? Would it have been easier with a tablet?
I'm struggling with the decision of what to bring with me to India as I want to share my experience and I know I'll almost need to blog while I'm there. But do I risk the laptop? Or do I deal with a tablet? Or do I try to find computer shops?
If you have suggestions, please share :)
Thanks Sam, and happy travels!
A. Dear Namaste, Taking my laptop to Paris (or anywhere else for that matter) was a top priority for me for 3 main reasons:
If you’re anything like me, writing as a means to process and make sense of the world is vital for my wellbeing. Consequently, recording my experiences and the thoughts and the feelings they generated on a daily basis was a necessity.
2. Download Pictures
Every night, without fail, I would download the massive amounts of pictures I took during the day as a means to keep them organized and to keep them safe from myself. For a girl that is on her fourth (I kid you not) camera this year as a result of either drowning them or dropping them, this was a must.
The plan was to Skype with Mr. Green Gold on a regular basis. Turns out that the internet connection in my hotel room was so poor we were not able to do this.
More Fabulous Globetrotting Suggestions:
Write! Write! Write!
Although I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep up with my blogging during my trip, I knew for sure that I would want to write during my trip and share it at a later date.
Whether it’s on a laptop, tablet, iPhone or a piece of paper, I suggest that you write everything, all the time. Not because it’s homework but because it’s delicious!
As much as you tell yourself that “you’ll surely remember this or that”, chances are you won’t or at the very least your feelings will change.
If you find yourself strapped for time, I suggest taking small, point form notes on a daily basis and fill in the blanks later.
A Heavy Purse
At times, I found myself encumbered by the heaviness of my laptop, so I took my iPhone (on airplane mode) to coffee shops and cafes and wrote on it instead. I later emailed my notes to myself. Very convenient.
A Cautionary Tale:
I probably don’t need to say this but I will because it happened to me: Do not put your laptop and power cord in your luggage. In fact, don’t put anything electronic in your luggage. Your stuff might get searched and get stolen. Or your luggage might get lost and you’ll never see your work again.
Back up your computer before you leave. I didn't do this but you should because it's really good advice.
Lock It Up
Had I known that I was not going to be able to lock my computer in a safe in my hotel room, I probably would not have taken my laptop. Well, maybe. I tend to be quite careless that way. But you might be smarter.
Lastly, don't forget the all important international converter. You do not want to be searching for a converter in a foreign country in order to charge your electronics. Shoppers Drug Mart is where I bought mine.
A tablet? What’s a tablet? Is that like an iPad?
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I am living proof.