Havng your own network for personal travel, minus the laptop

When you go on a trip, especially a longer one, sometimes it can be beneficial to do so without a laptop, or at least to not be dependent on one.

Why not a laptop?

While they can be helpful and everything for a week long trip or shorter, such as for business, when using for personal you often have other priorities in mind where having the extra baggage isn’t needed.  Adding up a few of these factors, you get:

  • Have to worry about it being stolen, unless of course you carry it around with you literally everywhere you go, which can be an incredible hassle in some places.  This could be going to the beach, longer day trips, hiking, going through the city, etc.
  • It has a higher chance of breaking.  Face it, when traveling, especially for personal, computers and other equipment go through a bit more wear and tear than sitting on an office desk.   They get dropped, go through weather, get stuff spilled on them and anything else you can imagine.
  • Batteries don’t last nearly long enough.  When traveling for work, this probably isn’t a problem as you have outlets everywhere and worst case, can re-charge when you get back to your hotel.  On personal travel, things are different.   You often can be in transit for the day or in other conditions that a laptop isn’t appropriate.  When you get back, you’re tired and more likely to just crash rather than dealing with computer maintenance.
  • Extra baggage.  One of the ongoing aspects of travel is how efficient you can be with your packing.  Travel light as they say, where every single item needs to be considered if it’s really needed or not.   By not bringing a laptop, you’re shedding 5-10 lbs when you add in all the accessories and a decent amount of space, especially considering you’re storing everything in a backpack or other smaller bag when moving around.

What to use instead, accessing your network

While it can be fine for some situations, depending on what you’re doing and the local accommodations, in today’s modern world you also have available thousands upon thousands of local Internet cafés.  Some of these include:

  • Coffee shops: Especially in International locations, often have computers ready to go for no charge, complimentary with your coffee.  Allowing you to stop in and out whenever needed, have a cup and catch up on any communications.
  • Internet Cafes:  Dedicated purely for people needing a computer, have rows of computers with various levels of privacy, can pay a minimal charge for however much time you need.
  • Deluxe Internet Cafes:  Occasionally, you’ll find an Internet café on what you could call a bit more on the higher end of the scale.  Where everyone has their own desk, lights are dimmer, tunes playing with people stopping by for drink orders.  While a bit pricier than other places, can be a decent replication of a more relaxing environment, helpful when longer research or more catching up is needed.
  • Pubs: Many places abroad have Internet connections and computers set up everywhere, including a some bars or pubs, where you can access content online and upload content if needed, all while having a beer or two in the process.

Organizing with an Odysen network

Once connected you can log into your Odysen network, some of the highlights include:

  • It’s private, keep to yourself or invite Travelothers.  You can invite specific people to one network, have multiple networks and create folders in each with different user permissions.  Lots of options to adapt for your different situations.
  • Use in your preferred language with +20 to select from.
  • Organize your network by simply having a different folder or sub-folder for the locations you’re visiting.  Within each folder are applications to store content such as actions, events, notes, photos, documents, videos, websites and more.
  • Use for planning.  This could be storing different resources or notes within appropriate folders, able to later access when needed.
  • Use during your trip.  For quick reference or making updates from your trip, such as uploading photos or videos for backup and sharing with others.

Example of using on a trip

This is starting from the northwestern part of the US and generally moving in an eastward direction.  Click on any of the links for more information about using Odysen from that destination or area.

  • Alaska: Store useful fishing or park websites beforehand, upload photos of your experience while you’re there.
  • Quebec: Going across Canada, stop in Quebec, use your network in French to try using in a local language are access websites of interesting restaurants and cuisines to try out, that you’ve researched and stored in the planning stage.
  • Iceland: Upload and share photos of the unique dishes and amazing scenery.   Add websites of local places you find to easily reference back to at a later time.
  • Ireland: Add websites of all the places to visit, both the larger towns as well as historical sites.  Upload any audio or video recordings you’ve taken to later reference to or share with others, such as from any of the 1,000’s of live music performances on a nightly basis.
  • UK: Besides adding websites of places to visit or stay, add for different transportation options, such as train, bus or car rental if comfortable with slight changes in driving rules.
  • Netherlands: Add sites for boats or planes to get there as well as train services for while there, upload photos of all the ships, canals, architecture, museums, access your network from any of the many coffee shops available.  Use in Dutch to be more aligned with the area.
  • Germany: Where you’ll find no shortage of places to access the Internet and your network while having a beer, especially in Munich or you can try a few of the higher end places available in Berlin.
  • Poland: Add websites for train routes, store notes of different places to visit or upload photos, such as from the scenic city of Krakow.
  • Czech Republic: Use any of the hundreds of Internet cafes in Prague, upload photos taken from your camera of the Vltava River at sunset.  Try out your network in Czech for a more bohemian perspective.
  • France: No shortage of cafes for coffee or Internet access, especially in Paris, Bordeaux or Lyon.  Go on day trips without your laptop or worrying about where you left it but still able to later share or store your experiences for sharing and reference.
  • Spain: Add notes of places to visit, websites of transportation options, access from any of the many places around Barcelona or other cities and towns.
  • Italy: Add websites of places to visit in or around the areas of Venice, Florence and Rome, upload and share photos of the different landscapes and architecture.  By having folders for each location, when you view your photos you can view them in a slideshow just for that folder.  To see a bigger collection of your trip, simply go to a respective parent folder (Italy) and you’ll automatically be able to see the photos from its sub-folders (Venice, Florence, Rome and others).
  • Greece: Add a sub-folder for Athens as well as each island you’re planning to visit, within those include a note of ideas, websites to reference or share photos from what you’ve seen.
  • Turkey: Add websites for different transportation options, such as boats from Greece, trains or buses while there and the airport for leaving.  Lots of places to access the Internet, whether in Izmir or up to coast to Istanbul.
  • Egypt: Create folders for places and appropriate activities, whether scuba diving in Alexandria, information about the pyramids and other historical sites in Cairo or sharing photos from a trip down the Nile to Luxor.  Upload photos for backup from your camera at different stops, keeping things updated while traveling without the extra baggage.
  • Kenya: Have a folder for Kenya, with sub-folders for a different areas and national parks to see.  Access from Internet shops in Nairobi, not having to worry about your property while on off the beaten paths.
  • India: No shortage of Internet cafes to access from, access your network when needed and travel a little lighter through the country, use in English or can even try out your network in Hindi.
  • Nepal: Whether in Kathmandu or Pokhara, you still have Internet shops to connect with, albeit uploading videos will not be as fast as in other places.  Before leaving, add websites of different places to talk with for a trek, check them out for yourself before deciding which one.
  • South Korea: Travel in Seoul and around the country without a laptop, with loads of places to access from in one the most connected areas.
  • Hong Kong: While for a rest over or longer visit, you have Internet cafes in Wan Chai, Central and areas in Kowloon.
  • New Zealand: Create folders for the country as well as sub-folders for stops along the way, such as Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch or Queenstown.
  • Puerto Rico: Access from plenty of places in San Juan, making day trips to other parts of the island.

In summary, when going on a personal trip or vacation, especially the longer ones, doing so without bringing along your laptop can both help for lighter travels as well as not having to worry about it throughout your trip.   There’s tons of places to publicly access the Internet and while doing so, you can use an Odysen network to help organize or reference relevant content.

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Founder and CEO of Odysen, involved with different writing and music freelancing activities, and have previously worked for larger technology businesses in the US, Europe and Asia.