Working from the road? How to find internet while you’re travelling
Are you planning to take your business on the road and travel long-term? Maybe you’ll be travelling for business and you need to stay connected to the office? It can be tricky to find internet in many different regions around the world, but it is getting easier and easier as technology continues to advance.
Here are some ways you can find internet while you’re travelling:
Get a local SIM
This is why I always buy an unlocked phone. Those data roaming plans are a joke. Rate plans are sometimes updated when you’re not paying attention, and a small oversight can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars if you’re not paying the right amount of attention to your data usage.
One good way to get completely around this? Get a local SIM card when you’re on the ground. If you’re not sure if your phone is unlocked, you can call and ask.
Whether you’ll soon be a frequent traveller or you’ll be on the road for a long time, the golden rule involves checking your hostel or hotel’s wifi before you press the “book” button. Ideally, you want a hotel that provides free in-room wifi. Otherwise, some hotels will provide wifi in the lobby or have options to purchase wifi for your room. Check wifi reviews to see how other travellers have rated the speed and reliability of the wifi.
Get Business Broadband
Talk Talk business has launched some great #BroadbandAndMe options. You can combine business broadband with a phone option, and there are a number of different options depending on your needs.
Cafes with wifi have kept thousands of digital nomads working around the world. Starbucks always has free wifi, while many independent cafes will also offer wifi for paying customers. Check Foursquare for reviews about the wifi before you order a coffee, but if you find great coffee and good wifi you can pretty much move in for the duration of the day as long as you pay for coffee or food.
I’ve only recently started using airplane wifi, and while it’s expensive, it can be well worth it. There’s nothing worse than being stuck on a flight for 11 hours knowing you have a presentation or a report to finish and being unable to access the internet. Working on an airplane can upgrade your productivity since there’s not much else to do other than work. You can usually choose from a variety or wifi packages depending on how long you’ll need to be connected for.
What are your top tips for finding internet while you’re travelling? Leave a comment below and let me know.