Can one overstate the importance of having internet access? I'm not sure. It's increasingly important. It's been increasingly important for over a decade and we're not sure if it will ever stop increasing in importance onto eternity. It just might.
So you're traveling, and you don't have an international data plan for your phone. You want Wifi. Worry not, my traveling friend, as we'll tell you where you're most likely to find Wifi both traveling and on-the-go.
1. Look for Major International Chain
McDonald's, Starbucks and Apple stores are known to offer free Wifi, meaning you don't even need to buy anything, but you know, it couldn't hurt. Our recommendation is that you buy some fries or a coffee or something. If many people take advantage of free Wifi in a way that's detrimental to their business, it might become a less common business practice, and we don't want that, do we? We want to show appreciation, when we can, and when we can't... well you can't, don't beat yourself up about it.
2. Try the Public Library
Public libraries are usually great places to access the Internet. A lot of times you'll find internet access for free, maybe with time limitations, but free internet access nonetheless.
If you need a library card or something like that to access the internet in that public library, try explaining your situation to the librarian. Tell them you're traveling and don't have a library card but really need to use the internet. They'll be willing to help you out most times.
3. Check with your Hostel or Hotel
Chances are, if you're staying at a hostel or hotel, that they offer Wifi to their guests. It may be included, it may be charged additionally. The way we look at it, either way, it sounds like a thing worth paying for, specially since you can get Wifi at times when all other options aren't available. You won't have Wifi at all times, but you'll have the certainty that you can, at the end of the day, get in touch with your loved ones, send them a picture, let them know you're doing ok. Those kinds of things are important.
4. Buses or Trains
This is a bit of a long shot it really depends on where you are, but there's a trend among buses and trains to offer Wifi to their passengers. It's not true everywhere, but it's true in some places. If you're lucky enough to find yourself somewhere where this applies, take full advantage of it. You need to get around somehow anyway.
5. Ask Around
You might've traveled somewhere remote where there are no evident free Wifi spots that you can identify. Try asking a local: some local business owner or someone that looks like a local that you see is using a smartphone or any internet connected device. Don't ask them to use their network directly but rather ask them if they know any free Wifi spot in the area.
If they can't point you in the right direction, they might feel inclined to help you out anyway.
And that's it. Have a good one. If none of these tips help you find Wifi when you need it, we recommend that you drop to the ground, cry and plead to a stranger for help.
That was a joke.
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