Travelling abroad often means being less connected, or even more connected to our favourite networks via our phones, tablets and other digital toys. While some of us can live with this and take advantage of the digital break, others want or need to stay connected. Here are the different ways to do it.
Use your phone plan
Of course, this is not the cheapest option. Even if the various operators offer kits or “data packages abroad”, these are limited in the volume of usable data, so if you start looking at photos or playing videos without paying attention, the bill will be very high on the return trip. To be taken by having estimated your needs in terms of consumption beforehand. Suitable for very limited use.
Using your hotel
Most hotels now offer Wi-Fi. Sometimes it’s free, sometimes it’s not. Depending on the length of your stay and the importance you place on being connected, it may be a good idea to take this into account when you make your reservation.
Buying prepaid SIM cards Sometimes it’s cheaper to buy a prepaid SIM card at a phone shop once you arrive in the country. If your phone allows it, simply replace your phone with this one and take advantage of local rates that are much cheaper than a Canadian roaming package. Visit www.simoptions.com for more about prepaid SIM cards.
Apple store, Mc-Do, Starbucks
Many shops such as the Apple Store, Starbucks or Mc-Do offer free Wi-Fi. This is very convenient if you have a very short need, such as checking your email.
Share the network
In group travel, some travellers have a connection and can turn their device into a Hot-Spot, i.e. an Internet access point. If they are sharing, it’s worth asking!
Buy a 3G key
You can also rent 3G keys, small boxes that connect to 3G and turn into a private Wi-Fi network accessible by several users. These boxes being quite expensive, it’s ideal for a small group trip, we divide the costs!
The good old cybercafé with its dozens of computers offering you network access is a convenient option. It is billed by the minute very often, or in 10 or 15 minute increments. Convenient for occasional needs.
Airports / train stations
Some train stations and airports offer Wi-Fi access, for one hour or unlimited. Just accept the terms and conditions and off you go. Remember to check the available networks while waiting for your boarding time.
Some companies like Go Go Air offer packages to connect during the flight! Those who are really addicted or need to keep working even thousands of feet off the ground can do it!
Safety When using free and public Wi-Fi networks, you have to be very careful. Some malicious people create fake networks to access your data. Here’s what you need to know about it.