I prefer to travel light. After a frustrating trip to Morocco a few years back, where our checked-in luggage was “lost” for five days at the beginning of our trip, I have vowed to not check my luggage going forward (when possible). So, for my trip to Southeast Asia last month, I decided to travel only with carry-on luggage, and also to also travel as light as possible. This includes choosing smaller lenses to carry with my camera, as well as the other hardware I bring with me. And ultimately I decided that my laptop was going to stay home.
I’ve always found laptops to be ridiculously cumbersome when traveling. They’re heavy, even the smaller 13″ MacBook Pro that I currently own. And, when I bring it along, it is mostly used as an “import into Lightroom and check my email” device, so it doesn’t get that much use. Sometimes my laptop is required, however, such as if I’m going to a conference or photo workshop where I will be giving a photo-editing presentation using software or features that are not available on the iPad. But when traveling on my own with the sole purpose of creating photos, writing, or just relaxing, it’s overkill.
I don’t do a lot of heavy photo or video processing when I’m traveling, so I decided that the new iPad Pro would be a good replacement for these trips. I upgraded my old iPad (a four-year-old iPad Air 2) with a brand-new 12.9″ iPad Pro, and also got the keyboard case and pencil. This is my new laptop replacement when my travels don’t require a full-fledged laptop.
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