So I'm heading out to drive down to costa rica the day after thanksgiving and wanted to bounce some ideas around with some people. We're gonna be leaving from Colorado driving through Utah and Arizona and then into Mexico. I've never driven through central america before and I'm really excited. Right now our route is pretty open ended and we only have one definitive place we want to stop in Mexico. The Palenque Mayan Ruins. They look really amazing and I am very much looking forward to exploring them and taking alot of photos. So here's my questions/ideas: 1. Has anyone ever driven through this part of the world? Colorado to Costa Rica. Any suggestions for must see destinations, cool routes, dangerous areas to stay away from, etc. 2. I'm planning on bringing my laptop, 2 portable external drives, and 4 8gb flashcards with me for storage. I figured I could back up to both hard drives and try to keep one hidden somewhere in the car. I tested out zipping the files and uploading them to the web via podmailing, and usendit but the process took way to long. I shoot raw so the files are rather large and winzip doesnt compress them that much (when I ran an 8gb folder through winzip it only compressed it to 6.5gb). It would take me hours of sitting at an internet connection to send the files. Obviously not the ideal situation when I'm traveling like this. I'm also concerned about the hard drives getting stolen and losing all my photos. Any suggestions in this area would be greatly appreciated. 3.Right now I have a nikon D200, an SB800 speedlight, an 18-200mm zoom telefoto lens and a 50mm 1.4 lens. I've been looking into getting a macro lens for a while and I was wondering if I should spring for the macro for this trip or if I should go with something a little bit different. I was also thinking maybe a wideangle, but the 18-200mm lens I have claims to be a super wide angle. Is there any truth to this statement about the 18-200mm being a super wide angle? If so then I'll probably just go with the macro. 4. A few precautions I have taken are as follows: Bought renters insurance which covers all my equipment in case of theft. I am getting malaria pills and a hepatitis vaccine. I am getting either travel medical insurance, or medjet still not sure. Any suggestions for any other precautions I should take? Thanks for your time everyone. I know it was kind of a long post, but I appreciate the help.