Palm devices are great on the road! I havent left home without my Palm for the last 3 years.
What others said, make sure it is well protected, a hard case is a must. Ensure proper power supply. In this respect, the older Palms were great because they worked on a couple of AAA batteries which were easy to find anywhere. The newer devices are rechargeable so you'll have to take with you a power supply. However one charge can easily last for a week or more.
I take my Palm with me for 3 reasons: read email, record expenses and check the weather where I'm going.
Email: this works out quite well but can be a bit expensive. What you need:
- Palm + keyboard: you dont want to be writing a dozen emails with te pen. If you get one of the newer Palms like the m50x, you can also get a backup cartridge - should you not be able to recharge on time, just restore your data later on.
- Good email software: I use MultiMail from Palm. It supports multiple POP3 accounts.
- GSM phone with IR and built-in data modem: You wont be able to go to an Internet cafe and plugin your Palm somewhere, however with a GSM phone you can establish an internet connection between your Palm and an ISP. Most countries use GSM.
- An international ISP: you'll need an ISP that has PoP's (points of presence) around the world. Maybe Compuserve or IBM global net - check with them. This will minimize your telephone bill.
- For tips on how to configure your Palm to dial your GSM phone see this setup page: http://tinystocks.com/gsm.html
This summer I did a 3-week bike trip around Ireland while continuing to run my business with this Palm-phone combo.
Record expenses and check the weather: being a programmer and a biker I have written a couple of programs that are useful on the road. Highway Manager allows you to keep track of all your expenses, not only gas but also hotels, campings, highway tolls, border crossings, etc. And Weather Manager allows you to download via a GSM phone the weather forecast for over 10,000 cities around the world.
Not wanting to be accused of promoting my own software, I wont post a link to them. But you can easily find them by searching for "Highway Manager" on Google.
If anyone has any questions regarding Palm+email, let me know, I've been doing this for a while.