Travel Tech – How I Learned To Live Without A Computer

Can you live without a computer? A PC or a Mac? A desktop or a laptop? Absolutely! The tablet-only lifestyle may not make sense for everyone, but if you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the following, it may be the right move for you.

  •  You travel all the time (or a lot)
  • You are a minimalist or intentionalist and appreciate a streamlined desk
  • You spend at least 4 hours a day with your face in a tablet (emails, productivity apps, social media, streaming music, tv, or movies)
  • You don’t do a lot of gaming or heavy file processing
  • You love being able to take your digital world with you wherever you go (all your images, documents, files, emails, etc)

I can answer ‘yes’ to all of those and am proving the computer-free concept on a daily basis. Admittedly, it did take some adjustment to get here and it all started with an unfortunate flick of a switch.

I had a gorgeous Lenovo All-In-One, hooked up to my Wacom pen tablet. It was perfect. Fast for editing, browsing, writing; the works. Streamlined with only one cord (once I added the wireless dongle) with a large bright screen. When I traveled, I used my iPad (mini, Air, or Pro) to browse, do light editing, and write blogposts but at home, I used the PC for everything. One morning, I decided to rearrange my office necessitating the powering down of the PC. After the new layout was set, I plugged the computer back in, powered it on, heard a pop and got the blue screen of death! After professional intervention and some soul searching, I made the decision to break my ties with the Lenovo. I borrowed a friends laptop to tide me over while I did a ton of research. I visited the Apple Geniuses a few times, downloaded a lot of apps, bought some accessories, and migrated my eLife to the iPad and the cloud. All told, it took me about 2 weeks to make the switch and it’s been smooth sailing since then.

While your specific needs may differ from mine, the equipment list may get you started.
iPad Pro
Logitech keyboard case
iPad Mini
Apple Pencil
Apple SD card reader
LaCie Fuel air drive

In addition to streaming movies, financial, email, news, social media, and travel apps, I find the following useful for photography, creativity, productivity, information security, and communication and all of them can be found in the App Store.
– SurfEasy VPN
– OneDrive
– Bamboo Paper
– MS Office for iPad
– iAnnotate
– DropBox
– FaceTime
– Skype
– Photoshop Fix
– Splice video

Of course, I have the power cords and outlet adapters for traveling to other countries but still have a few accecories on my wish list:
– BUTTONS Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
– PhotoFast iOS 64GB Video Capture and Storage Kit
– a keyboard case for the iPad Mini

This set-up lets me be productive, mobile, and streamlined and gives me the confidence that if the zombie apocalypse hits, I can pack up in a few seconds and still stay connected! If you’ve been thinking about the move to a tablet-only lifestyle, I hope this gives you some ideas. What do you think? Could you live without a computer? Let me know in the comments!