Sunday, April 10, 2011

Trip Planning (Part 3 - advice needed)

I need a little assistance from those of you who have been or who are on the road at the moment in regards to technology. I have been researching what and how people stay in touch while on the road as thr last time I did any serious travelling around the world I just took myself and my bacpac and an old fashioned camera. (maybe theres beauty in simplicity)

Below are what I currently have and what I am thinking of doing

1. I have a cheap old cell phone
2. I have just acquired an ipad.
3. I need to get a new camera

Heres what Im thinking -

* Take said cheap cell phone with me (leave sim at home) and buy cheap pre pay sim card in each country so I have access to send texts if needed
* Take said ipad with me so I can check email, update blog and upload photos and video from digital camera from wifi spots, and use same pre pay sim card in ipad for 3g access when I cant find wifi spots.
* Buy new cheap digital camera that can also take short video clips if required ad upload these through ipad (1 not 2)

Any thoughts?

9 comments:

SonjaM said...

I am not a world traveler but think you have narrowed it down to the essentials. I would suggest to make sure that you always carry a valid SIM card in your cell in case of emergency, in case pre-paid is not readily available or just empty when you need it the most.
Besides a cell phone, digi cam and my cheap Acer notebook (iPad is way too expensive, and easy to 'lose') I wouldn't go anywhere without my GPS. I don't use it much on the country side, there I go where the road takes me, but I got to appreciate it when in the city.
Good luck! SonjaM

Geoff James said...

Nick,

The only thing I can help you with is a compact digital camera as I bought a new one last year. Takes reasonable video and the photos are the ones which appear on my blog. It's a Canon Ixus 105 and I bought it at Auckland Airport for about $250 with a 4Gb card. I'd quite like a digital SLR but it would be a pain to lug about on the bike.

kiwionabike said...

Thanks for your input guys. Very much appreciated. :)

bobskoot said...

Nick:

I wouldn't think of leaving home without my dSLR. I want the best photos possible even if I have to lug it around. This is why I have one. the P&S is for 2nd camera backup or for those times a little camera is more inconspicuous.

Other than that I have a small netbook with external drive to transfer photos to, whilst on the road. The Acer netbook is also good for checking emails and posting a short blog entry.

I'm not sure you could use your iPad as a USB host to transfer photos from your camera to external pocket drive.

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

IanC said...

It'd be great if iPad had a USB port so you could download your pics to it cos it is so much easier for carting around than a laptop when you're on the road, but like anything don't let it out of your sight!
For phone I picked up a prepaid sim in each country I went to because I forgot to activate global roaming before I left lol. Global roaming is great as long as you're doing a few texts here and there and nothing else, otherwise prepare for bankruptcy.
in Australia - Free Wifi at places like McDonalds I believe and tons of internet cafes with wifi.
Bali and Thailand? Don't count on it

kiwionabike said...

Hi Ian

Thanks. I have bought a small connection that I connect to the iPad that let's me put in the card from the camera and I can download my photos which is great,. I was thinking the same thing for my phone a local pre pay sim and I'll take my scrappy old phone so if it gets nicked it's ni biggie. Cheers nick.

kiwionabike said...

Hi Ian

Thanks. I have bought a small connection that I connect to the iPad that let's me put in the card from the camera and I can download my photos which is great,. I was thinking the same thing for my phone a local pre pay sim and I'll take my scrappy old phone so if it gets nicked it's ni biggie. Cheers nick.

Brendon said...

Hi Nick, you won't be able to use the same sim in the iPad as that uses a micro sim. However, you can use personal hotspot which shares the phones 3G using wifi or Bluetooth.

Also regarding transferring photos to the iPad, you just need a little adapter from the Apple shop; about $50. I have one that works a treat. iPad > Apple Sync cable > USB Adapter > Camera USB cable > Camera. Otherwise if you buy a camera that uses SD cards, you can pop that out and straight into the iPad SD card adapter.

Otherwise, all good.

kiwionabike said...

Hi brendan. I bought that little connection and it works a treat. I have also downloaded a little application that let's me blog from the iPad. Cheers, nick.