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Some hotels block certain websites for security reasons or to preserve bandwidth. Which means that you may not be able to access certain instant messaging sites or even YouTube.
To say that we can't imagine our lives without Internet would be the understatement of the year. Any place, anytime, anywhere, it is the Internet we choose to depend on; be it communication or navigation. So, why should things be different while traveling? In fact, aren't we more in need of this one true friend when we don't find ourselves on home turf?
Getting Internet Access While Traveling
Internet cafés are your safest bet while traveling to an unknown destination. They're easy to locate mainly in urban areas, but you may have some trouble finding them in remote locations. Cafés can be a safe, speedy, and secure option, especially as you'll be paying local rates for Internet.
Local SIM Cards
If you're using an unlocked cell phone, you have the option of buying a local prepaid SIM card that lets you surf the net. Charges levied will depend on the plan that the service provider offers.
Portable Wi-Fi hotspots are widely available, and convenient to carry around. The plans offered vary according to the service provider, averaging about USD 50 for 5 GB. The hotspot needs to be purchased separately, and can cost anywhere in the range of USD 120 or beyond, which is a one-time purchase. These are well-suited to those who travel frequently.
International Roaming Facility
And for those of you who don't mind spending a mini fortune on the Internet, or are too unimpressed with these options, there's always the international roaming facility. To avail this, all you need to do is contact your mobile service operator to know about the plans and charges.
Following this, you need to activate your service, and voila! The Internet is at your fingertips. Keep in mind that there could be occasions when the roaming facility falters, so it's better not to be too dependent on it.
The Internet has become an absolute necessity while traveling, thanks to the various translation apps, navigation tools, or for the basic purpose of staying connected while you're on the move. But with these options, there will hardly be a moment when you'll actually feel disconnected while you're away from home.