A friend of mine, who was a shutterbug, went on a photo trip to Bali last August. He would be bringing along his notebook PC, but I advised him to leave it at home. I thought it was a bad idea to burden himself with extra weight of his PC. After all, his trip would last only 4 days.
These days a lot of photographers travel with their laptops. Their main purpose for doing so is to backup their photos as well as surf Net. Some also photoshop their pictures during the trips.
However, I have been backpacking around Southeast Asia, and haven’t found the need to do so. For a start, I usually stay in family-run guesthouses, which do not have Wifi services anyway. If I want to surf Net, I would walk into one of many ‘Internet shops’; if I want to backup my photos, I would burn a CD/DVD in a camera store. As for editing pictures, I will leave it until I return home.
The chief disadvantage of bringing a laptop is its weight. In theory, I can leave it in the hotel room, but then I would be concerned of theft. High-end hotels do provide safe deposit box, but they are not my choice.
Of course, if I would be driving, I may change my mind. And if I am on business trip, I may have no choice.
So, do you have a habit of bringing along a laptop when you are on a leisure trip?