More and more people are taking their laptop abroad with them. Whether on holidays to entertain the kids or on a business trip to keep up to date with emails,it is becoming far more common all the time. But just what are the risks involved? And how easy will it be to use?
The first problem to overcome is usually with laptop chargers. As those who have tried to use British straighteners in the USA will know,their electricity supply does not work with out electrical goods. So if it’s America you are visiting in will be worth checking your laptop power supplies to see if they will work with different voltage.For other European countries you will often only need an adapter to slot onto the end of laptop chargers,although it is always worth checking with the manufacturer to save hassle later.
Using the Internet abroad can also cause problems. Many people recently have thought the best way to overcome the problem is to take their USB dongle with them, but there is often a nasty surprise when the bill comes through. Most providers charge much more for using the service abroad, and this can land you with massive bills.If Internet is a necessity to you it may be worth checking ahead with the hotel to see if they have Wi-Fi.
Finally, another big problem with taking your laptop abroad is the risk of theft. Carrying your laptop in an old, battered case with no visible manufacturer markings can help greatly. The best step to take is to disguise your laptop as much as possible, so don’t use a specific laptop case and make sure the laptop power supplies are not hanging out or any other product that would make it obvious what you are carrying. If taking your laptop abroad is a necessity, a little bit of research can stop these nasty surprises.