It’s important to take the time to disconnect yourself from the internet and with what’s going on in the world to truly enjoy your travel experience, but sometimes you need to be able to keep connected to work, or, keep in touch with family and friends back home. Roaming fees can really hit your pocket, but nowadays there are cheaper options to keep connected.
Here are my suggestions on how to stay online while travelling.
Buy a 4G/LTE MiFi
One of my favourite gadgets is the Huawei 4G MiFi, which is unlocked to all networks. When arriving in a new country, simply purchase a data sim card, and depending on the location you’ll experience fast 4G speeds. The device can cope with up to ten devices, including tablets, and laptops.
Purchase a local Sim card
Before you travel buy a cheap smartphone that is unlocked to all networks, then find the cheapest mobile providers, and purchase a local sim card. Look for tourist deals which might include a good package of calls and data, and shop around online beforehand.
The airport is usually a good place to find deals, and if you are in a non-English speaking country, they will register the sim card for you, saving you the hassle.
Free WiFi in public places
Nowadays, free WiFi is available in most well-populated cities and towns, available in cafes, shopping malls, even parks and the beach. While it is free you will more than likely have to register to gain access. Be aware of the security implications of using an open-connection when accessing confidential information, where possible use a VPN to protect yourself.
Search for WiFi-friendly accommodation
When searching for hotels make sure that they have reliable internet, and it is available in your room. Some hotels advertise free Wi-Fi but rooms on higher levels often don’t receive a decent enough signal, or, it’s only available in public spaces within the hotel like the restaurant.
The same applies if you are staying in an apartment on the likes of Airbnb – take a moment to read the reviews because they often give you a good idea of how reliable the internet is. Hopefully, the article has helped you learn how to stay online while travelling the world.