February 26, 2019
MOBILE INTERNET WHEN TRAVELLING IN EUROPE
Heading to multiple countries in Europe and looking to have reliable, cheap internet access while travelling?
It's tempting, when you plan that big trip to Europe, you want to try to do everything, to try and fit every single highlight into a whirlwind tour around perhaps the planet's most diverse continent. You want to eat pasta in Rome, and stand on top of the Eiffel Tower, and smoke a joint in Amsterdam, and party in Dubrovnik, and, and..a whole heap more. Problem is, you can't do it all. Unless you've got years up your sleeve, you're going to have to do some culling. That's one of the keys to enjoying your trip to Europe. Planning your European trip is already a huge task, but making sure that you have everything that you need like internet access, medical checks and visas, then the planning becomes draining when your'e working full time while also organising your big European holiday.
The old continent has everything you may want on your holidays. If you love ancient ruins and archeology - go to Greece or Italy, if you keen on taking photos of unique architecture - France and England will be best for you, if you love nature and breathtaking views - take your tent and backpack and go to a trekking adventure to fiords of Norway or Romanian part of Carpathian Mountains.
Even though new roaming laws have come about to the European Union last year in 2018, there are still plenty of countries - non-EU members that still have horrific prices for data usage in roaming. But there are few options on how to deal with that.
3 options to deal with Roaming in Europe for Australians
1. Public hot-spots
They’re of course available in hotels but sometimes you must pay for it which I found really weird these days. They can be also slow and overcrowded. Free hot-spots are also available more often in places such cafes, restaurants, parks, shopping centers, museums and art galleries but they’re mostly unprotected so it’s not very responsible to connect to these especially if you want to log into your bank account or business mail account. It’s also very very slow and unpredictable so it’s not possible to have a stable international video call. Definitely seeking for reliable hot-spot is not a good option for a business man or business women travelling.
2. SIM Cards
Another option for travellers. It’s very popular but it can be very inconvenient if you plan to visit few countries in a row. Buying few different SIM cards can be problematic, especially if your phone cannot hold two SIMs at the time. It can be a great deal if you plan to travel to just one country. But due to terror threat in European countries you are not allowed to just buy your SIM card and go explore the city, first you must register it.
3. Wifipalm Travel Wifi Internet
Last method is to rent mobile WiFi router with unlimited data. Figuring out how to get around in Europe is easy once you have internet the moment you land. You can rent it before the trip sitting on cosy sofa just to your location or any other convenient for you - hotel, airbnb, friend’s apartment. Only one device will be perfect for up to 106 countries! It’s really unlimited - no joke - and works everywhere you can have a range. Another advantage - it’s handy so you can put it in your pocket and go sightsee, take photos and immediately share it on every social media. You can connect it with up to 5 devices, for instance: phone, tablet, laptop, PSP and so on. It is a great idea especially if you plan to visit more than two countries during your European trip.
Every Australian has the possibility to use roaming in Europe where many will make one or two emergency calls or send a text messages at AU$1. But you really have to prepare high savings to use Internet through roaming. We honestly suggest renting our Wifipalm pocket wifi router where you’ll get to pay much less money and have an unlimited Internet access. What more, you’re going to have a great trip, where you’ll be able to share all your journey experiences through social media.
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