If one is prone to traveling long distances, spending nights in motels and hotels and log cabins, it is almost essential to bring a laptop, lest an entertainment contingency plan be necessary. Some places are just downright boring, with nothing going on and no tourist attractions to visit and take selfies in front of. It is for these locations a laptop will come in extra handy, providing that entertainment you may very well be desperately seeking as you wait to hit out on the road again once more.
Online Entertainment Avenues
There are a number of options you can go with. The amount of entertainment readily available on the world wide web is enough for most to spend (or waste) hours of time, from information centric sites like Wikipedia to comedy sides like Cracked and to artist communities where people share their own creations. Sites like Newgrounds allow users to upload their own flash animations, many of which have gone viral over the years. Soundcloud allows musicians to upload their music and to listen to others music. But some times, the WIFI internet connection might cut out. You try unplugging the device and plugging it back in, but still no blinking green light – it’s stuck on yellow. Then what are you to do?
Laptops these days have as much power and flexibility as their desktop counterparts. Companies like Alienware manufacture gaming specific laptops, complete with super cool, lit-up keyboard with customizable color screens, to meet the sometimes intense system requirements to properly run modern games at full capacity and quality. Steam is a great resource for games, as well. With weekly sales (and these sales are substantial – 50% – 90% off during the summer!)
Steam allows you to sign into your account from up to a certain amount of devices (you’ll need all kinds of info to ‘unlock’ other devices). The Steam browser will have your entire library of purchased games, so it’s extremely easy to install and uninstall games. I personally boast a pretty healthy Steam collection, with titles such as Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Dead Pixels, the Doom collection (classics!), Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide, Goat Simulator, the horrifying Outlast, and numerous other great titles.
As an avid gamer, it’s imperative you check out ModDb and similar communities. These sites exist to house user made content for games. Some go as far as remapping an entire world, full new stories, tons of new missions…it varies game to game. In any case, Skyrim Super Mario crossover. You needn’t know more!
Movies / TV Shows
Watching movies and TV shows while on the road might be the final thread holding together your insanity from the clutches of boredom. Netflix is what should immediately spring to mind. Having a sleeve of DVDs is also another good practice to go with. Netflix oftentimes hordes some titles, so it’s best to use sites like Instant Watcher to check out ALL movies currently streaming through the service. With a new season of Trailer Park Boys freshly uploaded, I’ll doubt you finding need to seek other entertainment for at least a little while.