Choosing the best laptop for travel blogging is a decision you don’t want to get wrong.
Travel bloggers rely on their laptops for their income and so getting a laptop which frequently malfunctions or becomes a hassle to take away with you, is a situation you want to avoid!
Therefore, I’ve put together this list of the best laptops for travel bloggers based on recommendations by other travel bloggers (any myself obviously!)
What you can expect from this article...
- 1 My 3 top picks for the best laptops for travelling
- 2 Which are the best laptops for travel bloggers?
- 3 FAQs for buying a laptop for travel blogging
- 3.1 Where to buy your laptop?
- 3.2 How to insure your laptop for travel?
- 3.3 How to keep your laptop safe when you travel?
- 3.4 Which is the cheapest travel laptop?
- 3.5 Which is the lightest laptop for travel?
- 3.6 Which is the most powerful laptop for travel?
- 3.7 Which is the most robust travel laptop?
- 3.8 Which is the best value laptop for travel?
- 3.9 Which is the best laptop for travel for graphic designers and photographers?
- 3.10 Which is the best laptop for travel for bloggers and digital nomads?
- 3.11 Which is the best tablet for travel blogging?
- 3.12 Which is the best laptop for travel bloggers who have an iPhone?
- 3.13 Which is the best laptop for travel bloggers with a Huawei phone?
- 4 Which is the best overall laptop for travel blogging?
My 3 top picks for the best laptops for travelling
If you’re short of time, these are my top 3 picks for the best laptops for travel bloggers:
- The Macbook Air – best for those who do a lot of photo editing but are also looking for something light, compact with great battery life. Also, perfect if you are an iPhone user as the two sync up.
- The Microsoft Surface Pro – best for those on a budget who also want a laptop that converts into a tablet.
- The Macbook Pro – best for travel bloggers who are also videographers, graphic designers and professional photographers.
Why take a laptop travelling?
Whilst for the average holidaymaker, a laptop for travel is not a necessity, for many people who work remotely such as travel bloggers, choosing the right laptop suitable for travel is important.
I have been travelling with a laptop for the past 2.5 years and I couldn’t imagine going abroad without it now! We are stuck at the hip – sad but true!
As well as working remotely from my laptop, I also use it for the following:
- Watching films and Netflix
- Editing and uploading photos on the go
- Playing games on long journeys
- Taking notes about my trips to use later.
- Taking online courses and reading E-books – I’m always taking some course or other to keep my blogging knowledge up to date!
Do I need a laptop for travel?
If you are not a travel blogger, travel photographer, digital nomad or online business owner, then you probably don’t need a laptop for travel.
However, if you need to work or edit many photos on the go, you will likely get frustrated with the limitations of a simple tablet and then you should consider buying a laptop for travel.
What features to look for in the best laptops for travel.
There are certain laptop features that are particularly important for travel bloggers who are often on the go. They need something reliable, robust, small and light but also something powerful enough to keep up with their online business needs.
Here are a few of the most important features to consider. You will need to decide which features are the most important for you and your travel blogging needs;
Whilst blogging can be very profitable, many bloggers when they first start out are on a shoe string budget. Therefore many travel bloggers will be limited by cost when choosing a laptop for work.
Laptops suitable for travel vary between about $300 and $2000 but be aware that if you choose a laptop at the lower price range, it will likely be slower with less storage and will probably weigh considerably more.
You can probably get a laptop with all the features you need at the higher price point but since accidents can happen on the road. Make sure you get it insured.
Size and Weight
For me, the weight and battery power are two of the most important features in a laptop for travel blogging. I am moving between hotels a lot and I need something light and small that can fit in almost any day bag.
I have enough heavy photography equipment to contend with without having a brick for a laptop too!
Battery power is also incredibly important to me.
When I am travelling, I will often take long bus journeys or flights which gives me the perfect opportunity to catch up with some work. I need to know that my laptop has enough juice to keep me occupied the whole journey.
My Macbook Air has 13 hours of battery life! Pretty impressive right?!
Travel bloggers spend a long time editing photos, creating graphics and editing videos. They need a screen which is bright, vivid and clear. If you can, choose a laptop with a retina screen – they are lovely to work with!
Travel bloggers will spend many hours typing long articles on their laptops. They need keys which are robust and can handle the abuse! Cheaper laptops will often have problems with keys falling off which can be a nightmare when you are on the road.
The CPU is the core processor and is arguably the most important factor when considering which laptop to get. It is essentially how powerful your laptop will be which determines how well and how fast it functions.
Often it is a trade off between weight and CPU as laptops which are more powerful are often larger. For example the size of the processor is the main difference between the Macbook Air and Pro. The Pro is more powerful but as a result, it is also heavier and larger and has slightly shorter battery life.
If you are running lots of apps at the same time or doing any photo or video editing, choose a laptop with more RAM which allows for more applications to run simultaneously. 8GB will be sufficient for most travel bloggers.
A travel bloggers laptop is probably going to get knocked around a fair bit whether it be in the luggage hold on a flight or whilst taking long bus journeys. It needs to be robust enough to cope with this without malfunctioning every time it gets a little knock.
I am pretty clumsy and I must confess I have dropped my laptop on the floor more times than I care to remember. Every time, I’ve been worried it will malfunction. Not once has it had a single issue after being dropped.
What phone you are using
On press trips, travel bloggers barely have time for lunch let alone keeping detailed notes. Therefore many bloggers will record voice memos or make quick notes on their phones. They may even use their phones for some photography.
Therefore, having a phone which syncs with your laptop is a lifesaver. therefore if you have an iPhone, I would highly recommend choosing a Mac for a stress-free life!
I recently switched from an iPhone to a Samsung phone and now I cannot wait for my upgrade time so I can switch back to iPhone purely so I can start syncing my tech more easily.
Which are the best laptops for travel bloggers?
My personal favourite laptop for travel blogging
I previously travelled with an Ipad. It was back in the day when Ipads weren’t quite as powerful as now and I certainly found it limiting for getting work done.
These days, tablets are more advanced and come with attached keyboards so I wouldn’t completely rule them out. One of the bloggers I’ve asked to recommend their favourite laptop actually recommended the Ipad Air!
But that said, like many travel bloggers, I do a lot of work with lightroom and photoshop and can type up to 5000 words in a day so I need something a little more powerful. These days my laptop for travel blogging is my trusty Macbook Air.
In fact, I love the Macbook air for travelling so much that I’ve just bought my 2nd after my first has finally worn out! I pick it up tonight – how exciting!
The Macbook Air is super light – at just 1.25kg I barely know it’s in my bag. It’s also extremely thin meaning it can fit into the smallest of spaces – great as my bag is always jampacked with all of my photography gear!
The graphics and retina display means that editing my photos is an absolute pleasure. It’s powerful and I can run many applications at once, jumping between each. Yes, it’s not QUITE as powerful as the Macbook Pro but I’ve never had any issues.
It also has a brilliant battery life – up to 13 hours! It was this which swayed me from the Macbook Pro which has up to 10-11 hours. The additional battery power, weight and size convinced me that the Macbook Air was the way forward again.
I personally chose the 256GB version as I take so many photos so need all the space I can get. I also chose the gold version – my last one was rose gold and people are constantly stopping to admire my laptop when I’m working in cafes!
The best laptops for travel as voted by travel bloggers
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|ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultra Thin & Light Laptop, 4-Way NanoEdge 14” Full HD, Intel Core I5-8265U, 8GB RAM, 256GB Nvme PCIe SSD, Wi-Fi 5, Windows 10, Silver Blue, UX431FA-ES51||Click to buy here|
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As Suggested by Michelle from Travel After Five.
I have the HP Spectre x360 13”, and I am obsessed with it. I bought my HP after using a similar computer while travelling for work, and I highly recommend it as a laptop for travel blogging.
One of the biggest differentiating factors of the HP Spectre x360 is the screen that folds completely back. The screen is a touchscreen as well, so you can use your laptop as a tablet.
This is great for travelling and watching movies in tight aeroplane seats, or even using your laptop as an e-reader.
I purchased my laptop for around $1,000 on sale, but it looks like they start at around $750.
It’s light enough that I don’t mind carrying it in addition to my work laptop and with the smaller screen size its perfect to fit into nearly any backpack.
It also uses a USB C charger, so I only have to bring one charger if I’m travelling with my Switch!
Suggested by Melissa from Nomadlife101.com
Imagine if you could have one of the smallest laptops out there? Asus ZenBook 14 weighs 2.4 lbs and has the size of an A4 page. It’s basically the size of a paper sheet.
Not only the Asus ZenBook is compact, but it also has an elegant look.
One of its features is the ErgoLift hinge which is designed for an optimal typing position.
The battery life is great. I can use it for hours without having to charge it and when I do charge it – it’s pretty quick. On the Asus website, it says the battery life is about 12 hours – but it depends on your activities. I can use it up to 9 hours without any problems which is the perfect amount of time for a digital nomad like me.
This laptop also passed multiple tests when it comes to durability – in fact, it has met the military standards which is a pretty good sign I’d say.
I love the audio, its portability, and its compact design – for me, it is the perfect travel laptop. I can bring my laptop everywhere with me, work from the plane or the train (thanks to its small size, it is very convenient).
Depending on the specs chosen, the cost could vary. I opted for all the best specs since I wanted to have a bigger memory capacity and the fastest version of this laptop.
Suggested by Wendy of The Nomadic Vegan
My current laptop is a Huawei Matebook 13, which I’m very happy with. I had to purchase mine in Italy when my previous laptop was stolen out of my hotel room in Rome, so I paid about 1,100 euros for it. In the US, it goes for significantly less, but that is always the case with electronics.
As a digital nomad and travel blogger, the most important considerations for me when choosing a laptop are weight, storage and price. Since I need to store lots of videos and photos, I chose the model with 512 GB of storage. If storage is not an issue for you, there’s another model with 256 GB that costs a bit less.
Weighing in at only 2.86 pounds, the Huawei is very light and thin.
The screen is 13 inches but feels larger, thanks to the full view touch display. And since my phone is also a Huawei, I can easily transfer files between the laptop and the phone using the Huawei Share technology.
The Macbook Pro
Suggested by Daniel from Layer Culture
As somebody who is on the road traveling most of the time, carrying my work with me is a must. Having a reliable laptop is my biggest priority.
Over the years I have found the MacBook Pro to be my favorite laptop for doing daily work tasks.
A key feature for me is the retina display because I spend most of my time either designing logos or editing photos and video. Hence why the MacBook Pro has become a part of my digital nomad toolkit and one of my most prized possessions.
Before I’d carry the 15inch version and after downsizing to a 13inch, I’ve found it to be the perfect size for my daypack. At 1.37 kg the MacBook Pro 13 is not the lightest laptop in the world, but I sacrifice a bit of weight for the top-notch design aesthetic.
Having said that, the 13 version of the MacBook Pro is still very portable and the glass trackpad makes the gestures very fluid, and the whole experience a delight to work on.
It is wise to take care of the laptop by using a protective cover to prevent any damage to the exterior casing.
Suggested by Richard of RJ on Tour UK
I purchased my Lenovo IdeaPad specifically for blogging on the move. It came with me on my recent Interrail trip with a dog in tow from the UK to Romania and back.
One of the draws was its price at £280, making it something that could easily be replaced. The laptop is very lightweight at 1.85KG and so far has been robust after a few knocks and living in a rucksack for a few months.
The 128 SSD hard drive allows for storage of many photos and is set up to sync with OneDrive so everything is saved on the cloud in case of loss or damage.
The screen is 15.6” which is great for photo editing, watching movies and doing some website editing.
This one has 3 USB ports which many modern laptops don’t seem to have so can charge phone, camera and other devices all at the same time often in my bag while on the move.
The Lenovo S145 battery is not too shabby, I find one charge overnight lasts me all day.
Suggested by Noel from Travel photo Discovery
If you are looking for a nice, compact travel laptop, then I would recommend getting an Asus VivoBook S series.
It is easy to hand carry, very light and the best feature is that it starts up really fast and has over 8-hours battery life which is fantastic for those places that don’t have charging capabilities.
The Asus Vivo is also very affordable and depending on what upgrade features you include, can range from $800 to $1000 and is so easy to travel with.
My Vivobook is fast with and light with a 15.6-inch screen which is perfect for using any apps and software for doing my photography and design work.
It also has 256 SSD and Nvidia Geo-Force graphics for faster processing of imagery and other software needs.
There are also different upgrades and newer features available with this ultra slimline feature of the Asus laptops
Suggested by Amandine from Beaux Voyages
Recently I got to try the brand new Elite dragonfly laptop by HP. Right now it is the lightest laptop on the market with less than 1kg!
It is also a convertible laptop so that you can use it as a tablet. Battery life is 24.5 hours. WOW!!
Those features make it the perfect laptop for travelling. So handy!
It is also a very pretty laptop that comes is an uncommon chic colour. The Dragonfly blue. Who said that business laptops were boring?!
Indeed, HP generally fabrics business laptops but this one is designed for both business people and consumers. Therefore, it has a handful of HP utilities preinstalled but does not come with annoying nagware (like McAfee) that you get on the company’s consumer laptops.
Suggested by Allie from WOC travel
The Microsoft Surface family of laptops are perfect for travel bloggers because they are powerful enough to replace a traditional laptop (for basic computer use), while also being lightweight and compact enough to be treated like a tablet.
The Surface Pro weighs less than 2 pounds so you can pack it in a backpack and barely notice it.
The detachable keyboard is great because you can take it off and easily convert your Surface Pro to a tablet. Additionally, it doubles as a screen cover so you do not need a bulky laptop shell.
The Surface Pro has Bluetooth capability so you can connect your wireless headphones to your computer and listen to music, a book, or a podcast while you are travelling. It has more space than your cellphone so downloading content for your travels is not as taxing on your device’s overall storage.
Possibly the best feature of the Surface Pro is the pen. Smartpen technology has greatly advanced over the last 10 years and the current Surface Pen ink to text functionality is just as easy as typing.
The Surface Pro was made for a person on the go because it offers functionality, versatility, and performance without the ergonomic limitations of a traditional laptop.
Suggested by Sheridan who writes for The Broke Backpacker.
I travelled for years, unsuccessfully going from one laptop to another laptop, trying to find what works with my style of long term and active backpacking.
I finally settled on a system that is lightweight and has enough function that I can be a full-time working digital nomad. I love my Ipad Air!
The past few years Ipads and other tablets have greatly accelerated in capability and performance. Having an Ipad with a small, foldable, wireless keyboard and mouse keeps my pack lightweight on all my travel adventures.
Plus, with the increase in app functionality and connectivity to all my devices, smartphone, drone, and camera, an Ipad is just as powerful as having a regular laptop.
I spend half my day working on my Ipad and the other half wandering or exploring and I am constantly blown away with the work I can achieve whilst still feeling free!
FAQs for buying a laptop for travel blogging
Where to buy your laptop?
I usually buy my laptops from Amazon as in general, I find it has the best deals and I rarely find tech for cheaper anywhere else. I also love using Amazon Prime as it means I can order my new tech and have it delivered the very next day.
On the one occasion that a camera lens I had ordered went missing, they replaced it straight away with no quibbles.
How to insure your laptop for travel?
When choosing your travel insurance, make sure it covers your laptop. Many insurances will only cover up to $1000 for theft or damage of belongings which if you are carrying an expensive laptop for blogging in additional to photography and videography equipment, will not be sufficient.
Instead, you will need to look for insurance which has extended cover for tech. World Nomads Insurance will cover tech up to $3000 with their Explorer plan.
How to keep your laptop safe when you travel?
Keeping your laptop safe when you are on the road is tricky. The travel insurance you have just sorted should put your mind at rest a little but you still don’t want the hassle of having your laptop stolen which might stop you from working whilst its replaced. Therefore, you need to take steps to prevent theft in the first place.
Obviously, you should keep an eye on your belongings at all times and keep it within eyesight at all times in public spaces.
You can also get some great theft proof travel laptop bags which will help keep your belongings safe.
In the hotel, always use the safe if there is that option. If not, you can either take your own lockable bag or safe to use or you can arrange with reception to keep it safe for you.
Which is the cheapest travel laptop?
The cheapest laptop for travel is the Lenovo Ideapad. Perfect if you are on a budget but be prepared it is more of a weighty laptop so not ideal for those travelling light. It is also not as powerful as many laptops on this list which may frustrate travel bloggers when editing photos.
Which is the lightest laptop for travel?
The lightest laptop for travel is the Acer Swift 7. Not listed above but should also be considered if you have the budget for it! It has a core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 14-inch display and weighs just 1.96lb.
The Elite DragonFly is a close 2nd runner but again, comes with a price tag to match!
Which is the most powerful laptop for travel?
Which is the most robust travel laptop?
If you want a super robust laptop which you can drop from a height knowing it’ll bounce (almost) then the Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme does very well in tests. However, have you seen the size of it?!!!
Though it may not look rugged, I can vouch for the fact that the Macbook Air can tolerate a few knocks and drops. Trust me, I am super clumsy…
Which is the best value laptop for travel?
For value for money, I’d say the Microsoft Surface Pro is pretty impressive and a great budget option without compromising on the size or power.
I also think the Macbook Air is pretty good value too. I’ve always thought of Apple as being pricey until I started researching other laptops and realised for the spec, it is a very reasonable price.
Which is the best laptop for travel for graphic designers and photographers?
They are more expensive but worth it if you’ll be using multiple applications at once.
Which is the best laptop for travel for bloggers and digital nomads?
For travel bloggers who just do a bit of light editing work, they won’t go far wrong with the Macbook Air or the Microsoft Surface Pro.
Which is the best tablet for travel blogging?
Which is the best laptop for travel bloggers who have an iPhone?
If you have an iPhone, then you should definitely stick to an Apple model like the Macbook Air or Macbook Pro. They link up so smoothly that you can record a voice memo or write a note on your phone and it’ll be there waiting for you on your laptop.
Which is the best laptop for travel bloggers with a Huawei phone?
Similarly, if you have a Huawei phone, it would be worth considering the Huawei Matebook which will sync your tech up nicely.
Which is the best overall laptop for travel blogging?
For me, the two clear winners are the Macbook Air (my personal favourite) or the Microsoft Surface Pro. These are the two best laptops for travel bloggers. They are strong and light and powerful with good battery power.
However, the Macbook Pro is the best laptop for travel bloggers who do a lot of photo and video editing.
Has this article helped you to decide which is the best travel laptop for your needs?
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