Things to consider when looking for Internet access abroad

Have you ever tried to access Internet while travelling abroad? If so, you'll know that it's not that simple if you want to avoid spending a fortune in data roaming charges. So what do you do? Many travellers have found success by using free Wi-Fi hotspots, paid WLAN connections or conveniently situated Internet cafes. Some even go to great lengths in buying a local prepaid SIM card. But there are a few things you should consider before purchasing a SIM card or getting otherwise connected to ensure you don't end up with something that doesn't work for you. This post will tell you what you need to know to get online when away and to stay in contact with your customers, business partners and friends with minimum effort, and most importantly safely.

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If you're looking for a reliable and affordable Internet connection while on the move, the best way to ensure you end up with something that lets you for example browse or check your emails with ease is by looking for these things:

  • Ensure your Internet connection supports the latest and also the strictest security protocols. If it doesn't, you may have trouble keeping your confidential information safe.
  • Make sure your Internet provider offers fast and unlimited service so you can stop counting megabytes and avoid interruptions.
  • Any good Internet connection should let you get and stay connected regardless of your location. This is important because you might want to for instance check your emails, make Skype calls, or connect to Spotify wherever you are, or even navigate your way to your hotel after getting lost in an unfamiliar city. Believe me, I've been in a couple of challenging situations myself, where a good mobile connection would have come in handy.
  • Needless to say, wireless connection adds to the usability when you're out and about.

Other helpful extra features of a great Internet connection are excellent customer service, possibility to connect with several devices at the same time, and not needing to swap phones or SIM cards when crossing borders.

Now that you know the things to consider when looking to accessing Internet when travelling abroad, you're ready to start comparing the options. Once you've picked your choice, please do tell me how it worked for you.

-Hanne @Uros