Well I have survived the first and most dramatic leg of my global mobile journey. I can count it as a success. I was able to stay connected despite Windows 8, the vagaries of hostel WiFi and the challenges of a backpacker lifestyle that has you on ten hour bus rides and requires you to travel tech lite. And in the middle of my trip one of my partners resigned and I had to take over planning a major event – remotely. Even though I had to walk a dirt road in the dark to the internet café in town while in El Ramate, Guatemala I made the weekly planning call. The event was a triumph, and I have photos to prove it.
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There were definitely some tools that made the journey possible.
My ASUS Taichi was light, portable and a fast charger. The battery life was not what was advertised but was a manageable 3 hours. The dual screens was not really relevant on my travels but will be great when making presentations to clients in Europe.
Only Hondorus, Belize and, of course Cuba, did not join in the party. It was with a profound sense of how the world has changed that I received my Welcome to Moscow message at the Moscow airport while we waited for our connecting flight to Vienna for the beginning of my European adventure. TMobile is changing the world of global mobile calling.
This little adapter was the best travel accessory ever. I never would have known about it if Amazon hadn’t sent me a dud computer requiring me to race to Computer Central in San Francisco where the salesman pointed me to the Universal Travel Adapter and Surge Protector
Take a good look at the photo because there are plenty of wantabees on the market and this little beauty doesn’t seem to come from a specific company, but I found it on Ebay and Alibaba.
Talk about technology. This travel vest is a design marvel. I carried everything that was important to us on my body regardless of distance or temperature and it was all good. The vest makes it look like, well, you are just wearing a vest, not ten pounds of cash, passports and technology. It even had a handy key ring in the outside pocket so I didn’t lose your hostal keys.
I can’t forget my Dropbox – the glue that held our virtual team together. I could access files on my phone – and did when we forgot to bring our passports to the bus station for tickets from Boliva to Peru I showed her the PDF from Dropbox. I could work on documents even when I didn’t have internet access and my team would see the results of my brilliance as soon as I connected. Love you Dropbox.
I also have to give a shout out to my three-year old REI rolling backpack. I don’t think they even sell it anymore but it held everything I needed, survived being tossed in buses and rolled down country roads. A real road warrior.