[Note: While traveling around the country, I managed to post this to my other blog, Walking Arizona. Oh well, chock it up to whatever]
What if you need to travel? You may be one of the vast members of the
vagabond RV culture or only travel when you absolutely have to do so.
In either case, if you are a genealogist and especially if you are one
who writes, you have to figure out how you can keep contact with your
online world while you are traveling. This is especially true if travel
is part of your participation in the genealogical world (or your work or
Yesterday, due to the convenience of a
remote Internet connection from AT&T, my wife could do Indexing
for FamilySearch while we traveled the freeways of California and
Arizona. We are on our way to the Northern California Family History
Expo in Sacramento, California but since we would do genealogy if we had
a vacation, we do genealogy while we are traveling. So how do we do
First, it takes some investment in preparation
and, of course, money. You have to have a portable device that you can
use to do serious typing. That requires a laptop or other computer that
you feel comfortable with using while traveling in a car or on an
airplane. If you do not want to go to the expense of having a data plan
and either an Internet card or a WiFi card, then you need to plan your
work so that you can write while off-line and then upload or download
what you need, when you find a free WiFi connection. These types of
connections are becoming more and more accessible. Most hotels and
motels have free WiFi as do many restaurants and fast food outlets.
are some data dangers in using insecure Internet sources, but you need
to be careful to only use public connections for public purposes.
so you need a computer you can actually use for work, some kind of
connection to the Internet and you are off and running. You might also
remember to have with you passwords and anything else you need to do
your work. If you are going to a conference to present, you need what
ever outlines, notes and presentations you might need as well as a
projector, if one is required and not provided.
this takes thought and planning. The last time I traveled, I tried to
use my AT&T card, only to find that it had been cancelled for
lack of use. It took a couple of hours and two trips to the AT&T
store to get it functional again. You don't want to find yourself
sitting in an airport somewhere or traveling in the middle of the
Arizona desert and find that your Internet connection doesn't work. Make
sure it is up and operating before you leave home.