Booking a hotel, googling restaurants near you or even just checking in with friends on Facebook… these things are easy when you’re at home, but when you’re travelling the world without an internet connection they can get a whole lot harder.
Luckily, we’ve researched some ways to help you find free Wi-Fi wherever you go. So get ready to spend less time banging your keypad in frustration, and more time exploring the awesome spots you’ve researched!
1. Suss out the restaurant chains
Big chains like McDonald’s and Starbucks almost always offer free Wi-Fi, and luckily they’re in pretty much every city around the world. You can also keep your eyes out for local chains in each place you visit.
Some spots might require you to buy a drink or snack to get the password, but a $2 burger or coffee is a pretty cheap price to pay for internet!
2. Book a hotel with Wi-Fi
Make sure your hotels and hostels have free Wi-Fi available when you book. That way, you can do most of your research the night before, and even preload maps and pages that you might need for your adventures.
It’s also a great chance to download music, movies or podcasts – just hit download and leave your computer to work while you sleep. Great for long bus journeys.
3. Use an app
There are a few handy apps out there that can help you find free Wi-Fi spots in each spot you visit. This is great for when you’re out wandering a city and suddenly need to connect to the net.
Try Wi-Fi finder, Avast Wi-Fi Finder or WiFi Map.
4. Libraries and public spaces
Libraries are actually one of the best spots to grab free Wi-Fi. I mean, comfy chairs, ample tables and quiet surrounds? It doesn’t get better than that.
They’re also some of the coolest buildings in many cities so you can do a bit of sightseeing before you sit down to search.
Other public spaces like parks, shopping centres and outdoor areas are also good spots to find a signal. Not quite as secluded as a library, but still a good way to soak up some free Wi-Fi.
5. Transport hubs
Think bus departure lounges, airports and train stations. These spaces usually have public Wi-Fi available without a password.
Unfortunately, it’s not usually the fastest or strongest connection, but it’s better than nothing. Plus, if you’re patient and have time to waste before your flight/drive/ride, then slowly loading pages is better than sitting in silence!
6. Order a coffee
For a last resort, pop into a cute café, ask if they have Wi-Fi. If the answers yes, pull up a chair and order a drink. It’s not exactly free but chances are the signal will be stronger and faster than at a chain restaurant, and you can sit comfortably while you browse.
Sneaky tip: write down or take a snap of the password. If you’re ever in the same area again you can steal some Wi-Fi while pretending to edit your photos near the front of the cafe.
So there you have it! 6 easy ways to find Wi-Fi wherever you’re travelling! For more travel tips, check out our blogs on tips for female backpackers and how to master the art of packing!