Travelling today nearly always includes lugging along a range of technological devices. Laptops, iPads, iPhones, Blackberries, digital camera, portable speakers… You name it, someone has taken it with them. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, after all, if it is a work trip we need to stay in touch with the office. Or if you are writing a travel blog, you need to have a computer to write it on. There are smart ways of travelling with technology that you can do to minimise heavy luggage, huge bills and dead batteries.
1. Invest in a proper bag
If you are planning on lugging a laptop around the airport (or airports), it is worthwhile investing in a reasonably comfortable bag. Carrying a heavy bag then sitting in a tiny plane seat for 12 hours can really mess with your neck and back, which can be a real drag when you get to your destination. Backpacks and laptop bags are no longer restricted to the realm of geekdom, you can now get super suave ones just by browsing online. If you don't want to take your laptop but want a computer when you get there, see if there are any companies which will lend you one on an operating lease, like Flexi Commercial does in Australia.
2. Don't double up
As convenient as they are, you probably don't need to take a tablet computer and a laptop. Think about what you will be doing most and then take the one that will be easier to use. If you are strictly a web browser, stick to the tablet. If you are going to be writing, editing or working then a laptop would probably be the way to go. The same goes with cameras – if you are a serious photographer then by all means, take your DSLR, lenses and whatever else you need. But if you are just happy snapping, why not just take your iPhone? The camera quality is high, it is one less thing to lose and you won't need that extra charger.
3. Go to cafes
A huge amount of cafes throughout America and Europe offer free wi-fi to customers. Ordering a coffee or some lunch can get you a solid web session and you get to eat as well! Places like Starbucks and McDonalds often have particular systems set up so make sure you ask about them when ordering. Be careful not to overstay your welcome though, some waitresses don't appreciate you lurking
for hours with just one cup of coffee.
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