Should We Bring A Laptop?

VS. BT Keyboard and Smartphone

 

If we want to blog while we are on the road then a laptop would sure make things easier.   It would also let us watch movies and TV shows during relax time.   We have an old (2009?) Acer Aspire 1810T Special Edition that is a great little 11″ ultraportable.  It plays HD movies, still gets about 5 hours battery life and runs Windows 10 Pro without breaking a sweat.  The big problem though, is that with the power adapter it’s 1.7Kg!  Pretty ironic for a carry on round the world blog no?  With a 40L pack and small laptop we’d already be up to 3Kg.  That’s almost 50% of some low cost carriers weight allowance!  So should we bring a laptop??

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Days On The Road

 

Since our one way flights to South East Asia on our open-ended RTW trip.  🙂

Decision Made, Tickets Booked!!

Decision Made!  What? When did this happen?  I know it’s been a while since I took the time to write out something about our plans.  Partially because we have been super busy and some things took much longer then expected so we weren’t sure what was happening.   We also had some changes in the family that had us questioning our decisions.   The quick catch up:

  • June – accepted offer on the house, Paul ruptured his Achilles.

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  • July – sold trailer, truck, passed home inspection.  Paul is in a boot and needed driving around, Helen searches for apartments and packs.

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  • August – moved from larger 3 bedroom home to 1 bedroom apartment.  The movers found Paul’s lost watch in sofa.  Paul still driven to work which was considered in the apartment search.  We needed a place close enough to make the quick walk to and from work for dropping him off and picking him up.  Reminded about Calgary’s tendency to go overboard on summer road construction.  There was no need to have the train tracks and fire hall so close.  Find out Helen’s Dad has lung cancer.  Determined the balcony has a supernatural presence.
  • September – do we go? Meeting with Financial people to see how much this will affect our future?  Do we want to leave family now?  Paul is a Kijiji King and selling things like crazy.  He finally got the boot off and is able to start driving himself after a week!!!  Ironically the construction I had battled through on the roads ended… sigh.  Suspect banshee is living on the balcony.
  • October – finally agree to sell the dining, end and side tables that Paul made… this was a big one for me.  After several long considerations, potential regrets and random musings we decide to continue with our plans.  There are a lot of unknown factors and if we let them stop us now, we may never follow through with our dream.  Still avoiding the haunted balcony.  Families consulted and all approved.

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Planning Our RTW Route


65 countries: Mexico | Costa Rica | Nicaragua | Panama | Argentina | Chile | Colombia | Peru | Kenya | Madagascar | Morocco | Mozambique | South Africa | Tanzania | Albania | Austria | Belgium | Croatia | Czech Republic | Denmark | France | Georgia | Germany | Gibraltar | Greece | Hungary | Iceland | Ireland | Italy | Malta | Montenegro | Netherlands | Norway | Portugal | Russia | Serbia | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | United Kingdom | Vatican | Iran | Israel | Jordan | Turkey | Cambodia | Hong Kong | India | Indonesia | Japan | Kyrgyzstan | Laos | Malaysia | Myanmar | Nepal | Philippines | Singapore | South Korea | Taiwan | Thailand | Vietnam | Australia | Cook Islands | New Zealand | Palau

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Airline Carry On Rules

Airline Carry On Rules

Airline carry on rules can vary wildly.  They each have their own specific guidelines for items that you can bring on-board a flight.  Some even allow for a secondary “personal item” like a purse or laptop bag.  If you do your research you’ll find lots of people saying a 45 L pack is good for carry on.  As you’ll find out, this is not always the case.  If you aren’t exactly within an airline’s requirements it’ll come down to the whim of the staff working on the day of your flight.  Unfortunately people are sometimes unpredictable and inconsistent.  So if someone tells you they were able to carry on a 45 L pack on say Ryanair, it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to do the same the next day.

In 2015 the International Air Transport Association (IATA) attempted to standardize carry on rules for its member airlines with advice from the aircraft manufacturers.  This attempt didn’t last long as all members had their own agenda and so agreement between all proved impossible.

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Definition of Home

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What’s the definition of home?

It sounds simple doesn’t it but I’m not sure that it is.  I was born in Liverpool, England, Helen was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  We both moved to Canada with our families.  Helen at the young age of 4 and myself at 13.  Years later we met in Saskatchewan in 1991 and since then have spent our last 23 years living our adult lives together in Calgary, Alberta.  Also, we’ve spent many months in Thailand since our honeymoon in 2000.  Therefore it would seem that home should probably be one of these places right?

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Traveling With Carry On Only

Helen's Gregory J38
28 days later and we are back!  It wasn’t years on the road but it was a good test of living out of our new Gregory 38 L and 40 L bags (J38 and Z40).  The traveling with carry on only experiment was definitely a success.  It sure was liberating being able to walk off the plane with all our possessions on our backs.  We flew Air Canada, Thai Airways International and the regional Thai Smile.  Absolutely no problems on any of the flights.  Over the years we grew to hate waiting for our luggage to come out on the carousel.  That’s because twice it was lost and was a major hassle.  Eventually it showed up but this worry is no longer a concern.   😀

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Choosing A Travel Pack

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Gregory Jade 38

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Gregory Z40

Expect The Unexpected

Choosing a travel pack is a major decision when traveling.  The wrong choice can have a big impact on a trip.  Dragging a roller through sand to your beach side bungalow, carrying a duffel bag by its single carry strap for half an hour through a city or seeing your backpack come up the luggage carousel ramp with one of its shoulder straps torn off is no fun.  If you know exactly what you’ll be doing on your trip then choosing a travel pack to avoid frustrating scenarios is fairly straight forward.  However the longer the trip, the more likely you’ll be in a situation that you didn’t expect.

For example you planned a month in southern Thailand with your roller suitcase.  You arrive in Krabi or Phuket and the roller is perfect for these highly developed tourist friendly areas.  You then decided to go check out one of the Andaman islands after hearing great stuff about it.  Boarding the speedboat isn’t bad but then you need to go from the speedboat to the off-shore loading platform, then to the long-tail and finally jump off to the beach.  Once you get to the beach, hopefully near your accommodation, you’ll have an extremely uncomfortable drag/carry ahead of you.  For reasons like this, a backpacks flexibility has made them the go to luggage for long-term travelling.  Therefore choosing a travel pack is one of your most important trip decisions.

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Moments of November Oddness

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Is oddness a word?  Since it didn’t come up underlined I can only assume yes, I could confirm that it is.. but where is the fun in that?  I like the start so will just go with it.  November has been full of odd moments.  It all started off when I booked a massage… sounds scary I know!  It appears that the booking of the massage has resulted in me losing my job, being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, my family together for the first time in 17 years, a new hot water tank and swimming lessons.  What?  For real? Why yes, yes indeed I reply.  Let’s start at the beginning…

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The Gear Conundrum

Gear Conundrum

Winter is coming… no really it is supposed to snow.  Thankfully we have restored the garage to its intended use and our vehicles are parked indoors so we won’t need to get our the ice scraper in the morning.  After a recent work trip to Chicago by me, we were able to update our countries with carry on only to include the US.   I have to admit I was somewhat nervous about doing carry on with just me.  Paul measured our bag we bought in Bangkok and it fit the requirements so it was just a matter of me lifting it up and since I was only gone for 3 nights, it wasn’t heavy.

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