At the airport
Boingo Hot Spot access is a great option, and if you are subscribed, you can use it virtually around the world. It’s a great fail-safe if you find yourself in an airport that doesn’t have free Wi-Fi. You can also purchase a personal hot spot and carry that with you. When using airport Wi-Fi, make sure you’re connecting to the airport’s public hot spot or perhaps one of the airport’s restaurants if they offer Wi-Fi. However, keep in mind you are connecting to a public Wi-Fi network, your browsing is not encrypted. As a result, travelers should avoid checking their banking accounts or other sensitive information. “If you’re making any online purchases, always make sure the site you’re on starts with https:// to ensure the online payment process will be secure,” says Safi Mojaddidi from Ubiquiti Labs [UBNT], creators of AmpliFi Mesh Wi-Fi. When choosing a seat, pass on sitting on the floor or behind support pillars because your Wi-Fi signal will potentially be weaker. “The more obstructions in between you and the Wi-Fi access point means reduced performance. Instead, choose a high-top seat with the skinny table-top that many of the airports now have near the gates. They’re elevated, providing clearer access to the airport’s Wi-Fi access points, which are usually installed on the ceiling,” says Mojaddidi. Find out 13 secrets the airlines will never tell you.
Personal hot spots
These are a great option if you don’t want to have to mess with your phone provider’s international plan or buy sim cards. Products like Skyroam are available for rental or purchase and even can be found in many airport mall kiosks. Day passes on this hot spot run around $8 a day and it works as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot anywhere in the world—and you can connect up to five devices, meaning you can save a fortune on hotel Wi-Fi rates as well. Another option is a Google Pixel or the Google Fi plan, which allows you to automatically connect the best available signal (either Wi-Fi or a 4G partner). It works out to be around $50 per month. For a frequent traveler, this can truly been a game changer.
While you are planning on staying connected, power is essential. “I carry a Monster Outlets to Go 4 outlet power strip made for travel, and have done so for years. It’s no longer sold, but there are others like it available (including one, also from Monster, that I’ll likely buy for my next trip),” says Andy Abramson, who was named “2015 Business Traveler of The Year” by Business Traveler magazine. “It reduces the number of European and U.K. adapters I need to carry, and with it, I only really need one European and one UK adapter for all my U.S. power plugs.” For his iPhone and iPad, Abramson bought a U.K. and European power kit. “This way, when I’m out all day, I can hand find a plug at the coffee shop or restaurant and charge up. ” Learn 6 more smart solutions to common travel problems.