Internet Access While Traveling

Most modern travelers like to get online and catchup
with home and what’s going on in the world.  In just about every country
you will find Internet access stores, cafes or shacks.  They vary greatly
and it’s worth looking around.  Here are some tips to get the most from
your money, avoid pulling your hair out, and prevent losing your precious

  • Morning time is best – Almost everywhere gets busier as the day goes on, so visit
    early in the day to get a comfy seat and the best possible speeds.

  • Do it yourself
    – If you want to upload camera photos, use a USB stick, etc, and are confident
    in what you are doing, insist you do it yourself.  Many Internet access
    place staff are employees with no real knowledge of computers.  People
    have lost photos because of silly mistakes before.

  • Make sure it works – Don’t put up with a keyboard with keys that don’t work, or a
    mouse that has a mind of it’s own.  Tell the staff it doesn’t work. 
    This will prompt them to (eventually) fix it.

  • Got you own laptop? – If you have
    your own laptop look out for cafes offering free WiFi. A cup of coffee can be
    stretched to an hour, and will cost you about the same as an hours Internet
    access.  Some bigger Internet access places have zones for laptops, with
    a power socket and a network cable you can plug in.

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