Well, I've finished my degree, got a good result, and am now doing a gap year. I'm going to get a graduate job for next September and am planning to travel the world for around 4-5 months next summer. In the meantime, I'm working temporarily for 6 months to earn the necessary cash to fund my trip. (Damnit, that iPod is the last purchase I'm making! ) Ok then, do I take my PowerBook with me? There are pros and cons. Obviously, it will be nice to have my Mac to play with from time to time. I could write a blog and have an obvious place to store all my photos on (I'll be taking many digital photos!). It's also a great communication tool - I'm sure I'll stumble upon a few free wi-fi networks and I'll be able to check how things are doing in appleland, not to mention iChat. Plus, there are merits to not have it sitting in a cupboard, ageing and losing value for half a year. Bottom line, I'll miss my Mac if I don't take it. On the other hand, my mum reckons it would be a constant worry and, at times, my PB will be a hindrance. It's obviously worth a lot of money and it could easily be lost, stolen or damaged. I guess I could get some decent insurance for it, turn on FileVault and all security and back up everything I've got before I left. I could even burn photo CDs/DVDs periodically and post them home. But I could also take just my iPod and buy that Belkin photo adaptor for it (and hope the iPod doesn't get nicked either). It may also be nice to escape technology and the internet for a while So.... to take or not to take? (Machine in sig) What do you guys think?