It’s only a week until I go to Australia for the full month and I’m starting to get a bit nervous.
I’ve been scheduling posts in every spare moment I have, which isn’t much, in a hope I can continue daily blogging while I am away.
I use the Internet a lot, both at home and on the go. It’s a bit scary to think how much I rely on it for everyday tasks from telling the time to checking train times.
I’ve been thinking about Australia a lot lately. As obviously it’s quite a big deal for me to leave England for a whole month. It’s very exciting but then all of a sudden, I get this pang in my chest when I remember I’m not going to have unlimited Internet when I’m out and about.
We are renting a house for our time there which luckily comes with wifi. Any downtime I have I’ll be using this for blogging. As well as blogging, I’ll be using the wifi to keep in contact with people in the UK. Facetiming my boyfriend and catching up with my friends on Whatsapp.
I’ll also be using it to plan some trips. I’m going to Melbourne on weekend to see my old housemate who lives there now and I’ll be checking train times and prices online. Can someone tell me how people knew this information before the Internet? It baffles me.
Another thing I’ll be using the Internet for is entertainment. Whether that’s playing games on my phone or watching YouTube.
My Instagram will probably be a bit more active while I’m gone but I am a bit unsure about if I’ll be able to upload Instantly.
I was a bit spoilt in Zante because I was able to use my 4G. It was brilliant because I could use my phone as normal and the coverage was really good. Even on the beach.
Everywhere had wifi, too. I would expect Australia is the same, having business fibre broadband or something similar.
Here are some tips for using the Internet and traveling.
- Always check for public hotspots before you pay. Your hotel might offer wifi at a price, but before you pay, check for public hotspots. Even if it is free, public spots might be faster.
- Turn off your mobile data as soon as you land. You could be incurring Internet charges without even realising thanks to background and push notifications.
- Write before you connect. If you’re sending a message, email or even updating your blog – write it before so when you connect, you can cut and paste then send the message in a couple of minutes.
- If you’re going on a day trip somewhere, get any information you need before. Whether that is directions, menus or something else. You can store maps on Google for offline use. Perfect!
- Look out for cafes and bars with free wifi. There’s loads!
- Use apps like Wifimapper, which tell you of any Internet connections nearby and if they are free or not.
How do you use the Internet when you travel?