One of the most common problem travelers are facing when traveling abroad is “How can I stay connected to internet during my trip?”, it is now more easy and cheap to get internet/wifi in Europe and abroad than it used be if you know your options. Nowadays, every traveler needs his smartphone/tablet/laptop to keep in touch with family, kill time during long transfers browsing Facebook and use map to get directions when you get lost.
4 ways to get internet in Europe
Get an international/global plan for Europe with your provider
Just going online on your provider’s website and getting a global plan is probably one of the easiest option to get a basic data and/or call package for your trip to Europe. Once you land in Europe this will automatically be activated and you can rush on Facebook as soon as you land to post the cool photos you just took in the plane, but international package are usually the least affordable way to get internet in Europe (After Data roaming) and depending on your provider you can be charged from $30 to $50 just to get 100 Mb of data usage (that will last you about few hours), more importantly you can end up paying insane amounts of money if your provider does not notify you when the international package and let you use data roaming.
Use Free WiFi hotspots in Hotels, Cafes and restaurants in Europe
If you are a budget traveler in Europe and you don’t need to be connected all the time, this option is the best for you. You can find WiFi Hotspots in Europe quite easily in large cities at hotels, cafes, airport, etc.. On the other hand, the internet speed will be slow most of the time and beware of data theft if the WiFi requires you to log in or enter your informations.
Buy a European Prepaid Sim Card
Buying a prepaid sim Card for Europe online is pretty easy nowadays and it is an affordable option to get data, calls and Sms in Europe. I advise you to check before your trip if your phone is unlocked with your provider so you can be sure that it will work with Sim cards from any carriers. Also I highly recommend that you purchase the SIM card online, as quite many European countries will not allow you to purchase a SIM card if you don’t have any address in the country. Our tip to buy a Prepaid Data SIM card for Europe online
Rent a Pocket WiFi for Europe
The pocket WiFi is the best solution for travelers who need to have internet access throughout their trip, it is a device smaller than a smartphone that will provide a WiFi connection on the go to up to 10 People at the same time. Using a pocket WiFi you can have internet in every country in Europe without worrying about data roaming.