Now that we don’t have jobs, we finally have time to focus on preparing for our RTW trip proper — including the stuff we’re going to carry on our back.
It turned out that our RTW gear list is a lot longer than I expected. I especially balked at all the electronics we’re planning to take.
I mean, here is what our tech gear list looks like right now:
MacBook Pro 13″
My little baby. A graduation present from my dad.
1 TB external hard drive
The only thing we bought specifically for the trip. This will be our main backup drive.
Our first dSLR camera.
It’s small but packs quite a punch.
Oldie but goodie.
We got this for free by opening an account with Bank of the West during their promo.
Some people would look at this and scoff, ‘Dude, I’ve carried thrice that amount on my around the world trip. What’s the big deal?’
But I look at the list and am horrified.
We have to carry all of this stuff around? Around the world?
I think of all of the different chargers and the paraphernalia that come with them. My shoulders start to ache. My stress level rises thinking about how we’re going to guard them from thefts and our own destructive clumsiness.
One of the questions during the interview with A Dangerous Business was, ‘What is the one thing you wish you could travel without?’
If she had asked us now, our answer would be different.
We wish we could travel without all of these… these… stuff!!
But that’s the thing about wishes right? They almost never come true.
I played around with the idea of leaving my laptop behind. But can you really do an extended travel without a laptop nowadays? How would I do my research? Or answer emails? Or make a reservation?
And no, Jack and I can’t share a laptop. It would not end well.
Maybe I’d leave our heavy dSLR camera behind. Then I look at pictures it has taken and sigh to myself. Our point-and-shoot would not be able to capture those images.
I didn’t care so much about Kindle. Until I sold my books and felt like I sold a piece of myself (the piece that loved trashy romance novels). Kindle helped me gain it back. It’s not the same, but I’ll take what I can get.
Chickybus wrote about what it would be like to travel like we were in the 90’s… no technologies.
Man (and Woman) vs. the World.
We’ll have to depend a lot more on other people.
What, we have to talk to a travel agent to book a flight? Go to the library to do research on attractions? Ask the locals for direction and advices?
Not updating Twitter and Facebook statuses?!
Yet intriguing. And liberating.
What would it be like (other than 20 lb lighter) to travel without the stuff on this list?
Would we ever be able to find a flight out of South America without our own laptop?
Would we die out of boredom without the Itouch?
Would you, our dear readers, get our tweets and status updates sent through telepathy?
Would we make it?