|I use my phone a lot during travel.|
For the last two years, I have travelled with a new friend, my cell phone. The pink iPhone never leaves me. She sits on the table while I eat in restaurants, she plays BBC podcasts as I fall asleep, directs my steps, records my caloric intake, suggests new restaurants to me and she has entertained me with Netflix sessions of Marie Kondo and Queer Eye, series that I probably would not watch at home for fear of ridicule by my husband. My wifi in the Oaxacan apartment was not strong so I purchased a few "recargadas" of data at the corner store. I change to a Mexican SIM card so the process is cheap and easy.
When I first travelled alone for longer periods of time, I took my MacBook Air. It worked for writing essays, blogs, emails and Skype with my family and friends. It stayed in my apartment and worked on available wifi. Netflix usually worked and I purchased movies from iTunes. There was no extra cost involved and life was simpler.
As years go by, the weight of technology keeps growing heavier. There are chargers for the phone and computer, an extra battery source (with its own charger) in case the phone charge needs backup, head phones (wireless, with charger). I am using a carry-on sized suitcase and my devices almost require a bag of their own. My MacBook will require replacement soon. I'm not sure that I will feel comfortable typing on an iPad. I currently use a 11 inch MacBook Air but the new model starts at 13 inch
|But my computer is my "work horse"|
I have a couple of driving trips planned with Monsieur this year. Both will take us into the United States so roaming charges are an issue. We could change to American Sim cards or pay an extra charge to our service providers. I use VRBO, Booking.com and Airbnb to locate accommodation so some connectivity is essential. We don't have a GPS in the car so we rely on Google maps. We used to just visit the automobile association before a road trip.
I'm not sure about my next computer purchase or the best data plan for travel. Do you change your SIM card? What do you use for international travel? Do you use an iPad with keyboard rather than a notebook? New concerns for 21st century travel!