Apple-‘Mac’ing the choice to keep an ‘i’ on the road

Bec working on laptop at Wolvi Grove

Excuse the poor play on words but I couldn’t resist.

When Bec and I first met, we were very set in our technological ways. We were so anti-Apple, with everything either Android or Windows based, that the thought of ever owning a Mac, iPad or even and iPhone was just laughable.  So much so that when we first started dating Bec said that if I ever owned an Apple device it would be an absolute deal breaker….

Fast forward ten years or so, and I have to say, in the words of George Bernard Shaw, “Those that can’t change their mind, can’t change anything”.

You may have seen mentioned in other stories and posts that we ‘reluctantly’ still both work full time.  Travelling this great country in between work commitments is now made much easier due to our combined devices:

  • 1 x MacBook Pro
  • 3 x iPads (two work and one personal)
  • 3 x iPhones (one work and two personal)

(We also have a Windows Laptop for work, but we won’t talk about that, will we).

Our Apple family

So how do we use all these devices?

iPhones

We have three iPhones between us, and when travelling we take them all.  We each have our personal phones, with one additional work phone that accompanies me on work travel trips.  We use them for communication (phone calls, text messaging, FaceTime, social media and emailing), information gathering (WikiCamps, LPG gas bottle refill’s, fuel and toilet stops, looking for information on towns we pass through) and taking photographs.

Al taking a photo of a drone taking a photo of him, Eulo QLD

Al taking a photo of a drone taking a photo of him, Eulo QLD

Anyone that has travelled in the outback of Australia especially knows that mobile coverage isn’t the best.  We don’t have a signal booster yet (although it is something that we would definitely look at down the track), so there are often large stretches of road with no mobile reception at all.  Our one saviour is that while we are on the Optus network, the work phone is on Telstra, so (for the sake of safety reasons) we get the best of both worlds.  It is amazing how different areas of the outback will only have one or the other available, and something that every traveller needs to consider.

iPads

I have to admit that when we are travelling our iPads rarely get used.  We mainly use the iPads when we are sitting in one place for any length of time.  Emailing and information gathering is much easier on an iPad than a phone.  We also use the iPad as our main entertainment centre, especially when we don’t carry the satellite dish with us.  When we have network access we connect it to the television via an HDMI cable and watch Netflix or stream mainstream TV.  When not in network areas we plan ahead and download a range of movies to the device which keeps us entertained when weather in inclement.

Al working in Roma 2016

Al working in Roma on his iPad

MacBook Pro

This is our newest member of (now to be know henceforth) the Apple family, ha-ha.  We needed to replace our ageing laptop, so we took the opportunity to purchase something that could handle the high resolution video editing that we have started to do.  We wavered between getting another Windows laptop or to spend the (considerable) extra and get a Mac.  In the end, the Mac won (I think we were more curious than anything, to see what all the hype was about).  We purchased the 15” MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM, ample for video editing.  And after another steep learning curve, which is still ongoing) we haven’t looked back.  It fits in seamlessly with our other Apple devices, making technology integration much more enjoyable.

We use the Mac for everything – emailing, social media, information gathering, video and photo editing, and we can also use it for FaceTime or Zoom conferencing when needed.

Bec working on her laptop

Bec working on her Mac laptop at Wolvi Grove Farm Camping, QLD

 

So how do we connect to the Internet?

Internet connection must be one of the most frustrating aspects of travelling.  When you have it, life is good, and when you don’t have it, you invariably need it (I did mention that both Bec and I still work, and work continues when we are not at home). We are fortunate to have a large amount of data on our phone plan, ample for what we need when away from a WiFi connection. This keeps us chugging away at anything we need to accomplish when on the road.

And for those times when there is no internet connection?  We put the devices aside, and it’s all the more time to enjoy being a tourist in our great country.

And how do we charge all these devices?

I won’t deny that keeping all these devices topped up while on the road is a bit of a juggling act.  When we don’t have the luxury of being on 240V power, we try to charge as much as we can during daylight hours while we have solar coming in.  Our aim is to have everything charged by evening and we “try” to turn off any units that are not in use at the time.  And of course, when on the road or driving we keep everything charged 100% via the car as it has solar and a back up battery systems as well. So I suppose you could say ‘We Charge through the Day”.

And when we are at home?

Although we use our Apple devices heavily when at home, I have to say we still have a Windows PC at home. And while I love using the Mac, it is nice to return to the familiarity of Windows.

Al working on logos

Al working on our logo design from our home PC

Yep, we’ll never go “Mac”, or did I say “Back”, because I don’t know that I could do what we do without our Apple devices. Central to our whole connection to the outside world, they are a fixture on every trip.  Oh yeah and work, I did mention work didn’t I?

2 replies
  1. Phil Alder- caravaninglife
    Phil Alder- caravaninglife says:

    Great blog. We were just like you and all windows then went all Mac. Now we are all Mac but changed our phones to Samsung. Especially love Mac’s I movie for doing YouTube videos. Keep the blogs coming cheers Phil

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