On a (typically) wet and cloudy Sunday afternoon in February I had the rather ridiculous idea of driving my motorcycle from London to New York going east. This trip would last for 3 months and I would be travelling just under 20,000 miles. Now, this has of course been done before most notably by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, “and if two actors can do it surely it isn’t that difficult” said the naive ‘twenty something’ year old voice. This voice was of course well renowned for other great ideas such as: “yes this hairstyle is very cool” and “wearing odd socks expresses a lifestyle choice, and not clumsy washing”, these are surely topics worthy of their own blogs however.
Now, when one plans to journey around the world there are a number of different factors to consider. Again the voice in my head convinced me that journeying across Siberia by myself, with only bears and pine trees for company, was “adventurous”. Ok, so I’ve got my travel buddy, a friendly East Siberian brown bear, onto the exciting part, buying things! Now there are the obvious things, such as a motorcycle, now bigger is always better so let’s get a nice big BMW.
I would need to try and plan a route as best I could, good old Google maps helped to provide rough mileage so I could work out where I wanted to get to each day. This was the plan for Leg 1 http://goo.gl/maps/PlRst , though this missed out the ferry from Vladivostock in Russia to South Korea. After that I would have to put the bike in a ship bound for Vancouver!
Right so I know which direction I’m going, I’ve got a bike that will take me there what else to buy? Well, I’m going to have this amazing experience but really this is a great excuse to acquire some fancy gadgets. A laptop will be essential; connecting to the internet, putting photos onto a hard drive, oh and I can’t not check Facebook at least once a day!
When looking at an intrepid keyboard companion there are a number of issues to consider:
1) Weight, I will drop the bike at some point therefore everything has to be as light as possible.
2) Size, I’ve got a limited amount of carrying space.
3) Battery life, what if my camera runs out of memory while the battery is dead! How will I be able to take a photo of that town with a peculiar name?
4) Performance, since I’m planning to document everything with a selection of video cameras, I want to be able to edit “on the fly” and not have to spend weeks going through footage when I get back.
5) Connectivity, Wi-Fi is essential, and having the option for an Ethernet port is also vital.
Of course, this is when an Intel powered Ultrabook becomes really exciting! An Ultrabook gives me the ultimate combination of all five of the critical “adventure laptop” needs.
So, although I might be travelling alone; an Intel inspired Ultrabook gives me the ability to stay in contact with loved ones, edit videos to cheesy music, and when I’m camping in deepest darkest Siberia, the birds from Angry Birds will keep me company; which is definitely a far better alternative to Angry Bears...