Im leaving for a 3 month trip in Western Europe and I have one memory card that will hold about 300 pics. But I plan to bring my labtop to dump the pics on Facebook or photobucket every week or so. Do you think this is smart. Is Wifi commonly avalible in Western Euorpe or will this be a pain the the neck?
Post by pointofnoreturn on May 7, 2008 14:58:43 GMT -5
Don't bring a laptop with you, esp. for 3 months. Chances are something might happen to it. You should consider investing in a couple of memory cards (2 GB's seem to be the rage now). Not to mention, the 2 GB cards (which are usually sold in packs of twos) definitely hold a LOT more than 300 pictures.
You could also bring a couple of blank CD's with you and burn the pictures on computers available in hostels and internet cafes.
snpr520, I tend to agree with PONR on the topic of travelling with Laptops. So far I've resisted the urge to pack a Laptop, although there have been times when it would have been useful. It's something I might try in future?
However, as you'll be travelling for 3 months (and probably staying in Hostels at least part of the time), the possibility of theft is something that should be considered. As I understood your Post, you would have all your trip photos transferred to the Laptop, so if it was lost, stolen or the hard drive "crashed", you'd lose everything! If your Laptop was equipped with a DVD Burner, the risk would be somewhat less.
Wi-Fi seems to be somewhat more prevalent these days, but of course in many cases this is provided for a charge (usually billed to a credit card). Some Hotels and B&B's offer free Wi-Fi to guests. Also, some Net Cafes provide an EtherNet connection point for those travelling with Laptops (I encountered one of those in Ireland last October).
I also concur with PONR that you might want to pick up a few more Memory Cards for your trip. Memory is very inexpensive right now, so there's no reason not to have several Cards for trips (I'm assuming you live in North America, as I have a general idea what the memory costs are here). Having only one is a bit risky as they do fail on occasion, and while you can buy Memory Cards in Europe, they are often more expensive.
There seemed to be lots of photo shops in most cities in Western Europe, so it shouldn't be a problem getting CD's or DVD's burned (I even noticed several that offered battery charging for Cameras). However, uploading photos to other sites might be a problem, unless you can find a Net Cafe that will allow you to connect a Card Reader (I usually travel with a small Card Reader, in case I need to transfer files, but these don't work with all computer OS, and of course the computer has to be a newer model with USB ports).
Good luck and happy travels!
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