Planning a Vacation: Ditch the Laptop for a USB Key
The Traveling Forever blog has an article which explains on how to get rid of your laptop when planning a long distance trip; they provide a solution on carrying a USB flash drive which will solve your problems.
The article also provides various alternatives on what you can carry on your vacation -
- Web Browser: Hands down, Portable Firefox is the greatest asset a traveler has when on a long trip and when using slow, third world computers. It's a minimized version of Firefox, the fast and secure browser, and all your bookmarks and personal cookies are stored securely on the usb key.
- Web Mail: I strongly recommend portable Thunderbird with Enigmail and GPG. With this great open source piece of software, you'll be able to send and receive messages in complete security.
All the options provided in this article are good ones, however I would be a little iffy when it comes to security as I have to plug my USB key in one of the computers in a coffee chain in order to access my e-mail. On the other hand if I wanted to avoid the burden of brining a laptop this would be the way to go.
How do you travel? Do you take your laptop with you or do you load all the apps into your USB key?