You heard it here from Tina's Hostel first. The new millennium backpacker travels with a lap-top!
As has become the norm, there were quite a few computers in use in the yard today, blogging or catching up on email. Wireless Internet at the hostel attracts the new backpacker & keeps me busy. You can overhear stock trades taking place on those internet head phones while the trader lies in a hammock with his lap-top under the almond tree stareing out at the reef, appearing to be completely cookoo talking to himself.
Most arrive with technology crammed luggage by also carrying an MP3 player, an I-Pod, digital camera & International roam telephone to name a few.

Gone are the days a decade ago when the backpacker would arrive at my hostel with 2 sets of rotting clothes, a tent, little metal pots, pans with dents & burnt marks, a well worn hammock and sometimes a machete or heavy duty switch-blade.
My how survival tools have changed on the road!