When we head out on the road to travel one of the first things we think about is how you will stay connected with the world. There are a number of reasons for being wanting to stay online whilst they are abroad; to chat to loved ones, answer important emails, banking, work and a whole host of other reasons.
The last time I had to work out how I was going to stay connected with the world was when I travelled from east to west across Turkey. Staying online is essential for me because I need to keep my blog updated and also earn money to supplement my travels. So before I headed off I did a lot of research into what was available, thankfully I finally managed to find mobile internet in Turkey which meant that I was online wherever I was – perfect!
With all of the research I did in mind I wrote down the options that are available to all of us travellers when we’re on the road. I would love to hear your experiences and what worked best for you, just pop your stories down below this post in the comment section.
Here’s how we stay connected and my thoughts:
This has to be my least favourite option because of the huge costs that you end up paying. There has been talk of capping roaming fees within the EU but that won’t be brought in until at least 2015. The only time I would consider using roaming is in the time of emergencies – I understand if you need to just send one email during your holiday, then roaming is perfect.
The number one option by a country mile! When I was going to Turkey I managed to get pocket wifi rental in Turkey – I couldn’t believe my luck! I was able to rent a 3G mobile device which I was easily able to carry in my pocket, bag or hand. I connected to 3 devices at a time. The best part is that you only pay local charges and the device is free to get delivered to your door. I highly recommend you try and find a device like this where ever you go!
Free wifi networks
Of course free wifi is perfect if you can get it, but it is not something that you can always rely on. I agree that free wifi is getting better around the globe but the more adventurous and far you travel off the beaten track to the less likely you are to find it. The bottom line is that you can find it, it’s free but you can’t rely on it if you have important work to do.