After reading this article from TimesOnline about the “do’s and dont’s of travel blogging,” I realize I should add some more interesting types of media here. I’d like to be able to include videos and more photos from my travels, but right now, all I’ve got to capture those is my Canon G10 camera (and a Polaroid, but that doesn’t count).

I don’t even own a decent laptop (my PowerBook G4 is almost 6 years old already) so I’m definitely going to have to make some investments before starting my trip. I’m considering a netbook because it would be light, cheap and less frightening to lose/have stolen than a $1200 MacBook Pro.

Pros of travelling with a “netbook”

  • light
  • cheap
  • easily replaced
  • small size

Cons of travelling with a “netbook”

  • Most likely wouldn’t be able to run Photoshop
  • Apple hasn’t released one yet, and theirs is likely to be a game changer

I’ve pretty much decided I want to travel with a computer at this point, though I’m open to suggestions. I realize wifi is unlikely to be universally available as I travel, but I think the ease of being able to write posts & upload photos frequently is a huge plus. Plus, it’s likely to make my parents feel more secure.

What do people think? Netbook or a laptop? Or do I wait for the alleged Apple tablet? How did you travel?

Thanks for the feedback.

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  1. Adam

    Yeah, it's hard to imagine a life without Adobe CS! Not sure what I would do…

  2. Sasha

    I've been trying to figure out the same thing after talking to alot of sales ppl. For me the laptop won out because i couldn't find a nett book powerful enough or with a good enough Graphics card to run CS Suite!!! I'm gonna splurge and get a Macbook so i can use iMovie as well i'm gonna have alot of video editing to do!!!

  3. I posted a brief review of the netbook! I really like them. I need to download photoshop soon and install though to see if i need the 2GB of RAM or not.

  4. I posted a brief review of the netbook! I really like them. I need to download photoshop soon and install though to see if i need the 2GB of RAM or not.

  5. Adam

    Thanks Jeremy.

    I'll be curious to see your netbook review. It's nice to find out that there are some really powerful ones out there that could support Photoshop. Now I just need to figure out how to buy a cheap PC-version of Adobe because all I've got is my Mac version.

  6. I bought a netbook in some pre-black friday sales and i think it will be really good to take abroad. I am running it right now how I would normally run my old desktop (which is also 6 years old) and it is running even FASTER. The thing with netbooks is, yes, they're not as powerful as computers, but for people who are upgrading from older models it will be even more powerful. Most netbooks that are in the budget range only have 160GB hard drives and 1GB RAM (upgradable to 2, enough for photoshop). To put that in perspective that is 8x the hard drive space on the tower I bought 8 years ago and the same RAM after I upgraded last year. At this point the only thing it doesnt have that is a downside is a DVD player and the screen is kind of small so you have to scroll around more and it gets cluttered really easily. I definitely recommend a netbook if you are going on the cheap, but i'll have a full review of mine sometime next week on my blog.

  7. Monica

    Hey Adam! I never lugged around a laptop with me when I traveled. But then again, I never traveled around the world. Maybe an iPhone would be a good idea. Everything you do on your computer, you can do on an iPhone. Blog, check emails, take photos, surf the net plus their 100,000 apps should come in handy. Plus if you use an iPhone you could leave the camera behind. That is, of course, unless you prefer the more professional cameras.

    • Adam

      Thanks Monica!
      Yeah, I’ve been considering an iPhone. Especially an unlocked one so I could swap out the SIM card when needed. Free wifi woohoo!

      I’m a bit of a photo geek so I’d want to keep my camera with me, too. I have heard that the iPhone camera takes good photos though… Is that what you use?

  8. Monica

    Hey Adam! I never lugged around a laptop with me when I traveled. But then again, I never traveled around the world. Maybe an iPhone would be a good idea. Everything you do on your computer, you can do on an iPhone. Blog, check emails, take photos, surf the net plus their 100,000 apps should come in handy. Plus if you use an iPhone you could leave the camera behind. That is, of course, unless you prefer the more professional cameras.

    • Adam

      Thanks Monica!
      Yeah, I’ve been considering an iPhone. Especially an unlocked one so I could swap out the SIM card when needed. Free wifi woohoo!

      I’m a bit of a photo geek so I’d want to keep my camera with me, too. I have heard that the iPhone camera takes good photos though… Is that what you use?

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