Today’s travelers have it so much easier than in the old days. Say, 10 years ago. Our traveling computers were called laptops (my first from the mid-1980s was a 17-pound monster!), and they weighed many pounds.
We used to take our laptop out only on our business trips, because it often turned out to be a hassle. Trying to get an Internet connection was always an adventure. We didn’t travel enough to go to the extremes one intrepid and hardworking reporter of our acquaintance did. She took many different connectors, cables, and some kind of huge precurser to a cell phone.
Only five years ago, we were learning what Wi-Fi was. Saddest lesson? You have to buy a new computer – the old one doesn’t have the capability. We now suspect there was a kluge that would have let us obtain WiFi for our old computers, but we went ahead and got a beautiful Toshiba. It’s still working nicely, but we only take it on car trips.
Why? Because it is too heavy to drag through airports and train stations and subway tunnels. So, for our last trip, we got a tiny little white Toshiba. It weighs around 2-3 lbs. The first place we stopped on our trip last year didn’t have WiFi! We couldn’t believe it. But they did have an Internet connection and a cable that actually worked in the laptop. So, we were in business.
Our next challenge came when we wanted to enter a NYTimes photo contest. Digital camera? check. Laptop w/Internet access? check. Wait! There was no place for the SD card! After checking around (in a place where virtually no English was spoken!), we found a store that sold little converters for all sizes of SD cards. We were more proud of our foreign language usage than actually solving the technical problem.
So, we are set for now. We do have our wall plug converters already. Now all we need is a destination. Hmmm, we’re thinking Switzerland again. We may actually have located a client or two over there this time. Wheeee!
Investment lessons: Never give up the search for what you need. You will either find it or figure out a work-around. Necessity is very educational. And our favorite, from an old ad, “Technology is Always Evolving.”