Every few weeks we ask different long term travellers, digital nomads and others all about the technology they take with them on the road.
This month we interview Lauren Juliff, long term traveller, classic rock enthusiast and blogger at Never Ending Footsteps.
So, Lauren … what’s in your bag?
First off, tell us a little about yourself and your travels.
I’m a twenty-something physicist who is travelling around the world forever and blogging about it. I always seem to get myself in ridiculous and unusual situations on the road – from punching a scammer in Shanghai to being violated during a massage in Bangkok; from having to sit next to a corpse for 6 hours in Laos to getting attacked by monkeys in Bali – it always happens to me!
I’ve now been travelling for a year and during that time I’ve visited 3 continents, 25 countries and eaten approximately 4,712 cheese sandwiches.
What tech gear do you carry with you, and why?
Laptop: My beloved 13″ Macbook Pro that I cuddle every night. I couldn’t live without my baby.
Camera: I travel with a Canon 550D DSLR – with 18-35mm, 55-250mm and 50mm f/1.8 lenses. I also carry a Canon Powershot SX220 for times when I don’t feel comfortable carrying a DSLR in public, which has been, um, never.
Kindle: I adore my Kindle. I love having 3G coverage almost everywhere in the world – it means that I can check Facebook and Twitter on long bus/train journeys – and being able to use Google Maps while lost has saved me on more occasions than I’d like to admit.
External hard drive: A super sexy and super light Seagate 500GB external hard drive.
iPhone: I realised within a week of travelling that I now have absolutely no reason to carry a phone with me anymore. The only reason I still do is because I don’t have an alarm clock!
iPod: It’s over 10 years old and will probably die soon. I carry it because it contains all the music I used to listen to when I was 14 and sometimes I like to listen to Britney.
Of those, what is the one thing you couldn’t live without…
My laptop – I now work online, so without it I can’t earn money and without money, I can’t travel. Sadface.
… and the one thing you would / have happily gotten rid of while travelling?
I got rid of my ridiculously large and super heavy 2TB external hard drive that I originally took with me. One week of lugging that brick around and it was on its way back to England.
I could, and probably should, get rid of my point and shoot camera as I’ve used it approximately three times in the last year. Honestly, I would happily get rid of every single tech thing I travel with and live like a caveman for the rest of my life if it were possible to do so without money. Something like that.
Although, I’d probably only last an hour before the cold sweats brought on the inevitable hunt for wifi.
Have you had any major tech mishaps on your travels?
I’m currently on my 5th Kindle after breaking the previous 4 in the space of around 8 months.
Kindle #1: I was in Dubrovnik on the first week of my travels when I managed to, um, trip and throw my Kindle into the Old Town walls, completely destroying it.
Kindle #2: I was queueing for a flight in Shanghai airport when an elderly Chinese woman rushed past, elbowing me out of her way. My Kindle went flying across the floor and my screen ended up smashed.
Kindle #3: As I was wandering along White Beach in Boracay, The Philippines, I decided to run into the water to take some photos from a different angle. I forgot that my Kindle was in my bag and the seawater killed the screen.
Kindle #4: While on a scooter road trip through Northern Thailand, I somehow managed to smash the screen of my Kindle once more when shoving it to the bottom of my bag.
Fortunately, Amazon is awesome and they’ve replaced every single Kindle for free, without question.
Any travel tech tips you’d like to share?
Buy a case for your Kindle…