Tablet vs Laptop: Which One To Take On Your Travels?

As your next travel adventure approaches, you’ll have a lot to think about: from planning your route to learning some of the lingo, from booking the perfect hotels to researching the best spots for scuba diving! Travelling will leave you with some of the best memories ever, especially when you plan intensively before hand! With all the details planned, one question remains- should you take your laptop or your tablet with you on the trip? The decision initially depends on what you’re going to be using it for, so let’s take a closer look.

 

What do you need it for? 

If you are a digital nomad and travel and work in the same time, then you will need to rely on your laptop. If you’re travelling for work, depending on what you do, you’re likely going to need a powerful device with a keyboard. You can get keyboards for your tablet of course, but not many find these as convenient for big projects. If you’re not going to be working while you’re travelling, you are definitely be better off with a tablet. Tablets are lighter, easier to carry and handy for your basic browsing, checking tickets, or a little Netflix downtime. Laptops are heavier than tablets, so you’ll want to consider if you prefer to travel light. Some people prefer to keep it simple when they travel and only go with the basics. For many, just a smartphone will do. If you’re travelling for work if might be a good idea to look into Notepad + + for Mac solutions.

I personally travel with a Samsung Tab, which is a nice hybrid between a light laptop and a tablet. It has a keyboard, decent specs for blogging and I can use it both as a laptop or as a tablet. It doesn’t weight much and it’s good enough to write, surf the web and check my emails on.

 

Security issues 

Sad but true, security is a big issue when travelling. You’re going to have the time of your life, but that’s not to say that theft won’t be an issue to watch out for. Be vigilant with your possessions and yourself at all times to stay safe. Tablets are less expensive than laptops, so you will end up being less out of pocket should your tablet get stolen or take a dip in the pool. Some people even buy a cheaper tablet before they go travelling with this in mind. The decision will all depend on your personal preference, but one thing’s for sure- make sure that you have all your devices backed up. Carrying around either device could make you a target for theft, so keep these out of sight as much as you can.

 

Photography 

You’ll likely have a smartphone or a camera, but even so; tablets can also provide you with some great pictures! Generally speaking, it’s impossible to take pictures on a laptop. If you think you’d like another way of taking snaps on your travels, a tablet could be the way to go, if it’s small, like an Amazon Fire for example, which has a 7″ screen! I wouldn’t see myself taking photos with a tablet bigger than that. Travelling is all about the memories you make and so the more beautiful pictures you get-the better. Plus, you will want to have some decent photos to post on Instagram, right?

Whichever device you travel with it’s always a good idea to get it insured through your travel insurance. Doing so will protect your devices, and your other belongings should the worst happen. Overall, unless you are working as you go- the tablet is probably your best bet. If you are working and you need your laptop, invest in a comprehensive travel insurance that will cover your devices if they get stolen or break down whilst you are on the go. Things that are out of your control can happen all the time, so better be safe than sorry. For someone traveling with a lot of gear for a longer time, I recommend the World Nomads travel insurance where you can customise your policy to your specific needs.

When you’re travelling to the most beautiful countries in the world, you won’t want to take any worries or stress with you!

 

 

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28 Comments

  1. I much prefer to bring my tablet on holidays because it’s lighter and I see it as less valuable than my laptop, where I do all my work from. Therefore, if it becomes damaged it’s less of an issue than if my computer is damaged. That and it’s just a lot handier.

  2. I prefer my laptop. I know tablets are smaller, but I can do things on my laptop much quicker. I usually bring a camera as well, or I use my iPhone. They can actually take some incredible photos.

  3. It’s funny how I stumble upon this gem as I’m deciding between a laptop or a tablet. I’m actually looking for the best (affordable) hybrid options. So if you have a post like that, plz let me know!!

    Thanks again!

  4. I always take both! It’s a little bulkier, but I work from both, and it’s just easier to have them both available.

  5. We take a Surface with us when we travel. It’s the best of both worlds – acts like a laptop, but smaller and able to be transformed into a tablet. Woot!

  6. Trust me I love to work with my laptop a lot as I feel more comfortable but yes as you mentioned security is the biggest issue while traveling and so I sometimes try to carry tablet as easy to carry!!

  7. I have never taken either! So far I have only taken my smartphone when travelling. I think I’d go with tablet if needed.

  8. For travel? A tablet, most definitely, but it really depends on what kind of use you require and what kind of travelling you’re going to do.

    If you’re going to be doing some writing, then a laptop is necessary. If you’re going to be browsing, then a tablet would be fine.

  9. I would like to take my laptop on my travels, but having a tablet is way more convenient and easier to travel with for sure.

  10. I always prefer my laptop, and I am comfortable with it already, but having a tablet as an option could be advantageous too especially when travelling.

  11. I always bring both. I can do so much more on my laptop than my tablet. But if I’m just messing around or reading, then I go for the tablet.

  12. I prefer to take my laptop whenever I travel. I just feel confident that everything I need is in there and I can do anything I want.

  13. I must say that I am attached to my laptop and I don’t go anywhere without it. I must also say that I don’t have a tablet.

  14. Those are some great points. I usually bring my laptop so I can work whenever I travel and since I have my phone to use for other stuff like photography. I just make sure to be extra careful and vigilant on my stuff to avoid trouble.

  15. I usually bring my laptop whenever I travel. I am not a digital nomad but I run a physical business here in our country and most of my transactions/activities, a tablet cannot handle. I try to be extra cautious though when using it as to not attract thieves.

  16. Whenever I travel, I take my smartphone that I usually buy a local Sim card with, for internet access. Then I take my 2-in-1 Asus that is both a tablet and has a keyboard. It gives me enough processing power, and when I use the local sim card on my smartphone for internet, I turn the smartphone into a hotspot and have internet access virtually anywhere.

  17. I take a laptop on my travels because it’s easier for updating my blog. When my laptop crashes, though, I think I’ll look at a tablet that might be able to handle that task while still being lightweight!

  18. I personally like using both, but I prefer my laptop because I like having a full keyboard since it allows me to type faster.

  19. I ask myself this question every time I travel! I often just take my tablet with me as I usually can get away without the added weight and space needs of my laptop. I like to travel light, and I can generally make do with just the tablet, unless it’s a long trip.

  20. For me, it depends on the type of trip I’m taking. If it’s for fun, I leave my laptop at home. If I have to do work, then all my devices come with me. I’ve gotten pretty savvy at taking them in and out of my laptop bag, although it is a pain.

  21. I definitely need a streamlined laptop to take along on trips. I like the capability to edit photos and organize them as I go.

  22. I completely agree with you that if you are going on a work trip you need a laptop. Most of the time I travel with my tablet but soon I’ll need to have a laptop with me

  23. I like to bring along my tiny chromebook bc it folds backwards to resemble a tablet but then I have a keyboard if I want to write!

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