I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to bring my laptop with me on this six month jaunt around the world. The alternative would be to bring a large jump drive and an SD card reader (to get pictures off my digital camera) and function out of internet cafes… doing sort of a cloud computing thing, where everything that I “need” is done over the internet and stored remotely, backed up on both the jump drive and on a server somewhere.
Pros of Having my Laptop
Cons of Having my Laptop
I can continue my language learning software
I can have a more secure way to deal with finances, I’ve always been uncomfortable doing that in internet cafes.
I have a bunch of books downloaded onto my Kindle-for-Mac for reading.
I will be able to save and edit photos using photoshop.
For both of my treks (Nepal & Ireland), I don’t want to take it with me and will have to find a hotel that will keep it “secure” for me.
It is something I would rather not have stolen.
Pros of Using Cloud
Cons of Using Cloud
I’m not carrying my laptop, it can’t get stolen.
I don’t have to arrange possibly questionably secure storage for it.
Packing more lightly.
I don’t have access to anything listed under “pros of carrying laptop”
Low possibility of high speed internet connection.
Any of you fellow travelers and/or computer nerds, your input on this matter (did I forget any pros and cons?) would be appreciated.