Be Aware of Free WiFi: We've said it before and we are saying it again. Most hotels, libraries, cafes, and bookstores have free WiFi. Unfortunately that convenience has big risks. The wireless network you use to check your email while relaxing at a cafe could be operated by a hacker. Even if you connect to the proper free network, someone could easily get your information as it travels through the air. Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) can help or make sure that you only connect to wireless networks that need a password. After you are connected, be sure that you only visit the sites that have the HTTPS lock before the address.
Connect Via Your Cell Phone: Most hotel WiFi is slow or insanely expensive. You will probably find that your cell phone allows you join a connection. This means that you connect your laptop to your phone via WiFi or cable and then piggy back on its mobile internet connection. Many carriers and phones will allow this but not all. If you are in a foreign country, we suggest getting a local sim card rather than paying the expensive roaming charges.
Don't Forget Power Adapters: You've seen it...people searching for a charger or cable or huddling in groups until their device has enough power to get them through a little more time. Be sure to pack the correct power adapters, cables, and plugs required to match your destination. Go ahead and carry your USB charging cables on you because many planes and airport shops offer a place for you to plug in for a quick boost.
Make Plans for Being Offline: Sometimes you just cannot get online. Be prepared for that. Print out essential travel details on paper before you leave.
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