It’s no secret, we live in a world of 24/7 connectivity. It’s become such an integral part of our daily lives that we’ve come to expect it. We’re even increasingly taking our work with us when we go on vacation, but there’s the rub. Depending on where you vacation, you may or may not have access to reliable Internet connectivity. Here are a few ways to ensure that you do, so you’re never far from the files you need.
SIMplify Your Access
This first idea isn’t for the tech novice, but you can buy a local SIM card for your phone. Doing this will enable you to enroll in a data plan that meets your needs, wherever you are. It’s a bit of work, and again, not for the non-technical person, but odds are good that even if you’re not a techie yourself, you know someone who is, and they can help you get the kinks worked out before you go on vacation.
Invest in a Mobile Hotspot
A much simpler version of the above, they now make an increasing array of excellent mobile hotspots. These small, unobtrusive devices represent one additional piece of tech gear you have to pack when you go on vacation, but the upshot is, the internet will be right there waiting for you, almost anywhere in the world you choose to go.
If you need to work while in-flight to your vacation destination, bear in mind that all the major airlines now offer in-flight Wi-Fi. Note that these are unsecured, public access connections, so you’re not going to want to access any sensitive or propriety information while in flight, but you can certainly make good use of the offered connectivity in other ways to keep you connected to the world around you.
The good news is that most major hotels offer Wi-Fi service to their guests, but the Golden Rule of the mobile-connected traveler is to ask before booking! Having reliable Internet access while in your room is almost as important as having a comfortable bed for the travelling professional.
Armed with these four tips and tricks, there aren’t many places in the world you can travel to that you won’t have at least some level of connectivity. Then again, maybe what you’re looking for is a vacation where you can unplug and get away from the techno-world for a while. If that’s the case, disregard these suggestions and go have fun.