I will be leaving for Guatemala soon and will spend about 6 weeks studying Spanish at various schools and staying for the most part in homestays. I have an opportunity to purchase a cheap used netbook and am trying to decide whether this would be a good thing to take or if it just would be more of a hassle than it's worth.
I would use it mainly for checking e-mail, online banking and account transfers, skyping home, storing photos and maintaining a trip blog. I realize that most of these things can readily be done in public internet places or at the Spanish schools so I really am unsure whether I would be much further ahead having my own computer. And then there is the possibility of theft!! How do others handle this problem?
I have already downloaded Google Chrome portable on a flash drive which I had intended to use on public computers to prevent leaving any passwords behind.
Any thoughts about this from the many savvy travellers on this forum would be appreciated.