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Mar 12th 2009 12:42PM I've found that I can (and now do) travel with one set of clothing, and one spare t-shirt. This isn't just easier (I'm not a sloppy person, so I can make do for awhile with fewer items), but it has also become a necessity:
my 3 travel bags, packed very tightly, weigh-in at 35, 49 and 65 lbs, respectively.
(The joys of underwater photography....)
Mar 12th 2009 12:30PM As mentioned already, hostels are a great low-cost alternative to wasting (and I do mean wasting) good money on a hotel but there are significant tradeoffs with security.
As an underwater photographer I do not have the option of travelling "light" - even if I only bring the clothes on my back (which is what I do) I still have 3 bags weighing in at 35, 49 & 65 lbs. I cannot leave these things to chance at some revolving-door establishment in a strange country/city, and I cannot carry them around every time I need to find a pharmacy or takeout joint.
That said, I did find and use a pretty nice hostel in San Jose, Costa Rica, where I paid extra for my own room with a closet. It was only one night and I was ill, so I wasn't too worried about security....
Mar 12th 2009 12:00PM Thanx for the detailed review.
I may still buy a second iPod however, instead of a Zune, as:
-I do not listen to radio at all, so have no use for that feature;
-85%+ of the music to which I listen is not available in major resellers, i.e. iTunes store, so I always buy direct from the record labels or Amazon anyway - so I have no use for monthly download plans of any kind;
-I have no use for the Wifi, as I do not share files nor do I need or want to;
-I don't use my iPod for video, though I may from time to time use it for photo storage;
-I don't use the Apple Earbuds, I use Sony & Bose.
So, all in all, the Zune is a competitor and perhaps a worthy one, but offers me nothing over any other player out there.
One thing that would absolutely win my favor however (and there are some folks making this stuff for the iPod) is a stereo digital recorder, a-la Zoom & Tascam, and a mixable lin-in guitar headphone amp....