13 May My Digital Protection Plan
While traveling I am not nearly concerned with my physical stuff than I am my data, pictures, and files. If I loose a camera or it gets stolen it can be replaced, but I cant go back an retake my pictures! I would be devastated if lost them so I have put together my plan to keep everything safe. Here goes ~
Back it up!
We just purchase a portable hard drive that auto backs up everything on my laptop when it is plugged in. It holds 1 TB, which by my calculations is about 100,000+ pictures. That should cover my needs, although I am quick to snap quite a few photos. The only problem I see is that I am still carrying this around, an it still has the potential to get lost or stolen. I will keep my drive in a different bag than the laptop, but I still feel I need to be further backed up.
When there is good WiFi I plan to also dump my important stuff on to a cloud drive. I might consider doing only this, but I can’t always could on WiFi faster than a dial up modem while traveling to remote areas of the world. But when I can, I will upload to a drive like Amazon’s cloud drive.
Insured and protected
Travelers insurance covers the against stolen stuff, but that doesn’t cover the abuse Hannah and I will put on them. For that we are trying to put the equivalent of bike helmets on every device. Bags, boxes, and cases for Everything!
All of our important documents including itineraries, receipts, and home stuff, we can’t exactly strap a file cabinet to our back so… Gotta get it digital. We have scanned everything that we could possibly need and it’s on the laptop, and save in our cloud drive. So no matter what happens to our physical devices our papers should be safe, or at least accessible.
Wireless signals while traveling are notorious for hacking and scamming. We will be using a site back up service, and just not using it for real important stuff. For our banking needs we will be using dedicated bank apps on our smart phones which should be more secure. These are typically more secure because they are bank specific and less likely to be figured out by the bad guys (theoretically). We also have most of our banking being automatically taken care of. Everything else will be handled at home by our parents when we talk to them.
We have arranged our accounts in a way that at any given time we will only have $500 -$1000 available to us (or thieves) at any given time to minimize risk of ATM frauds. Most times we have heard you eventually get your money back but it’s a real hassle we really want to avoid.
We plan to go to the ATM a lot too, we feel if we keep smaller amounts of money on us we will have less risk and won’t lose as much in transfer fees/ exchange rates when moving from country to country. You might be asking yourself, frequent ATM transactions sounds like we will be spend a ton in fees? If you are thinking that, then you clearly haven’t heard of the most awesome ATM card in the world – The Charles Schwab no fee ATM!
What am I missing? What other counter measures do we need? Or am I crazy and now look like the guys from that TV show Dooms Day Prep-ers?