With my trip to Russia rapidly approaching and me going nuts planning the whole thing, I spend a lot of thinking power trying to figure out the biggest dilemma so far – should I take my laptop with me or not?
There are pros and cons to both answers and so far they are pretty equal. What I lack is a few really good reasons to have my laptop with me.
I won’t be doing much computer work during my vacation (my will power has already been tested before). I will have problems with Internet connectivity anyway. And I don’t have a good bag to carry both my digital camera and laptop. Having two bags with me (apart from that huge one with the rest of my non-digital stuff) absolutely sucks.
On the other hand, I’ll have plenty of free time (lots of several hour long plane trips). I could use my laptop to backup photos from the flash cards, and post-process them when I’d have time. Post-processing pictures from two weeks of travelling will require a lot of time and effort, and it would be good to split it in several sessions, rather than do it all at once when I come back.
Although this is still an unsolved dilemma, so far it looks like I won’t be taking my laptop with me, unless I find a good reason to do otherwise. Or until I find a good bag that’ll fit both my camera and laptop. (Hint: something along the lines of Lowepro Computrekker AW or its Plus edition)