April 23, 2008

Go topless on your next overnight trip

For the first time in the Internet era, I took an overnight business trip and left my laptop at home.

I've been thinking of going laptopless on a trip for a while because of the extra weight, security hassle, risk, etc. Also, my book is done, so I'm not furiously typing all the time. With all the talk recently in the media about laptopless meetings, I decided to go the extra trip and have a laptopless trip.

On Monday, I flew from LA to Oakland for a talk early Tuesday AM. It's a short flight and a quick trip, so I hatched a simple plan: Bring my suitcase, glasses, a book, my Iphone and a USB stick filled with emergency files (my database, my powerpoints, etc.).

How did it go? I read most of a book (Michael Port's new one on biz-life management), saved $13.00 on hotel internet access and kept up with important email via my Iphone. I sailed through security and even saved enough time to catch an earlier flight home from Oakland.

Now that I've done this, I can carry my baby Martin guitar as my second carry on item. No more boredom on the road!

Will this work for long haul or multi-day trips? Maybe not. After all, I need my files, letter writing capability, etc. However, I'm pretty stuck on the idea of my suitcase replacing my briefcase, so I might choose Guy Kawasaki's solution in the long run.

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Hello Sanders, great post.

I´m trying to carry less my laptop, and deep-think more and work less on urgent stuff.

Thanks a lot, I´m starting to read your blog.

Miguel, from Brazil

PS: I´m a great fun of Love is the killer app for a long time. It´s a great book, I got as a gift from a good friend. And also, I made it one of my "official" gifts to friends, partners and co-workers.


I love it! I did that recently too, but I ALWAYS take the Baby Taylor no matter what! 8 years and 17 different countries but it still sounds great!

When is the new book coming out?

(Kara from CNBC's sister)


Cool thought. Takes some courage to leave the laptop behind...thanks for the insight!

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