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Skyroam Mobile Hotspot: Global WiFi // Unlimited Data // Connect 5 Devices // Pay-as-you-go // SIM-Free Coverage in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, Australia

Stay connected EVERYWHERE with this portable WIFI hotspot

portable wifi hotspot unlimited dataSkyRoam – Portable WIFI hotspot with unlimited data just about anywhere in the world…

I am officially in love with this gizmo!

Imagine getting off the plane, train or automobile in some foreign land and being able to connect immediately to friends, family, the internet in general…

That is all possible and more with this wonderful little gadget.

…and it is the size of a mobile phone and only $8 USD per day for UNLIMITED DATA!  OK, so it is only 3G speed, but that’s fast enough to post photos to Facebook, make Skype calls and more.

Check it out on Amazon by clicking here.

Seriously, for me this thing has been a saving grace!  For instance, while in Australia I was renewing a license and forgot to take one vital piece of paperwork with me.  Since I was only in the country for 3 weeks, I did not get a local SIM card HOWEVER, thanks to this portable wifi hotspot, I was able to get wifi, turn to my trusty iPad and pull up a digital copy of the missing paperwork that sufficed perfectly.  Had I not had the Skyroam, it would have entailed another day to go back to my condo, get the paperwork and return the following day to the licensing centre.

The only drawback is that it is heavy on battery usage, but with a small portable battery you will not have any issues.

Yes, you can use cellular roaming, but when comparing the cost of that to the cost of only $8 for unlimited data for a full 24 hour period for this portable wifi hotspot, I know which I prefer!

Here is the blurb from the website:

Skyroam’s personal WiFi hotspot provides fast, secure, cost-effective mobile internet around the world – all without a SIM! Keep your favorite gadgets connected wherever you travel without the burden of subscriptions, SIM changing, equipment rentals, counting MB data or unlocking phones.

Countries where you get unlimited wifi hotspot data coverage:

Asia: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam

America: Argentina, Aruba, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, El Salvador, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saipan, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela, United States

Europe: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican

South Pacific: Australia, Christmas Island, New Zealand, Fiji

Africa: Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa

Middle East: Israel, Qatar, Turkey

Notes:

  • Skyroam’s offers up to 3G/4G data connection (HSPA+ technology) when available.
  • Each 24-hr daypass begins when you click Start > OK on the hotspot screen. Buy daypasses when needed at account portal.
  • If account is inactive for 12 months and balance remains, two daypasses expire. If no balance remains, nothing changes.
  • Service is optimized for average use, speeds may slow with very high usage. Most users experience fastest speeds. High data activities like video-streaming are not recommended.

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Ye Auld Shebeen Irish Pub

ye auld shebeen irish pubIn Ireland, a ‘shebeen’ was a late-night speakeasy, often of ill-repute ~ however this glorious gem in Whippany, New Jersey is anything but!

When I’m in the area, this is one of my all-time favorite places to live the laptop-lifestyle ~ curl up, work, drink, chat… (apart from taking your life in your own hands as you navigate the nearby highway 10 to 287 intersection – eeeeeegads, that’s a nightmare!)

This Irish Pub is about as authentic as you can get on this side of the pond, with over 90% of the materials used to create the pub coming from old Irish salvage in Ireland and being shipped to New Jersey, USA.

auld shebeen irish pub

First constructed in Belfast, Ireland, the Auld Shebeen was then dismantled, packed up, relocated to America and reconstructed where she now stands.

The wood paneling and fireplace in part of the dining room are made of solid oak from the library of an old mansion in central Belfast.

In the main bar area, you find an 18th century Póitin still, which was rescued from an old seminary college in Maynooth, County Kildare.

 

auld shebeen irish pub…and in case you’re wondering, “póitin” was the Irish term for moonshine, made from  cereals, grain, whey, sugar beet, molasses and potatoes.

Want another interesting fact?

The Irish word for a hangover is póit – I guess, too much póitin and you get a póit!

Makes sense.

…and no, the slightly blurry images were as a result of low-light, not too much póitin – at least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!  🙂

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You can find the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub at 1401 Rt 10 E · Whippany, New Jersey 07981 USA

By Leigh St John, aka the Luxurious Nomad

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How to stay connected when you Travel?

Travel wifi?  Free hotspots?  Skyroam?  Boingo?

Wifi Free On Smartphone Showing WiFi Broadcasting Area And Signal ReceiverNot sure how to stay connected when you travel?

Travelling is fun and enjoyable – and part of that fun is when you capture memories and scenic views and upload them to social networking sites.  Sharing with your tribe is one of the best parts!

In terms of business travel – and especially when living the ‘laptop lifestyle‘ – you still need to keep in touch.

Staying Connected while you Travel

Planes, Trains and, well, let’s just stick with planes and trains for the moment…

Most major international airports offer free wifi (although it tends to run at a snail’s pace – but something is often better than nothing) – and even the ones that don’t, all have some form of wifi available, usually at a fee per hour.

Another work-around is that many provide computer stations that are free to use, so if you don’t need something that is saved locally on your laptop, you might be better served using one of their terminals.

Once in the air, many major airlines offer a pay-as-you-go wifi connection during flight.

Trains are similar – many major stations have free wifi and some of the more major journeys offer free or paid wifi onboard.

wifi in rental carWifi in my rental car?

Yes, you read that correctly.  Many car rental companies now offer (at a price) the option of either having wifi in your vehicle or renting a portable wifi until that you can take with you.

Hotspots

Hotspots are places that provide free internet connection.  These hotspots can be physical locations such as a Starbucks (public), or through someone’s existing internet connection (private).  Let’s take them one at a time…

Public Hotspots

You will find free public wifi hotspots at places such as Starbuck (currently neck and neck with McDonalds for the fastest wifi speeds), McDonalds, Tim Horton’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Panera.  In addition, a lot of hotels have free wifi in their lobby – and you might also be surprised at how many cool restaurants, bars and what I refer to as ‘watering holes’ have free wifi.

free wifi irish pubFor instance, at this glorious Irish Pub…  Free wifi!

An easy way to check is to do a search of available networks…  Often they will have the name of the establishment listed and you simply click and connect.

Alternatively, just ask the staff – they are usually more than happy to help – and in some instances the wifi will be free and all you need is the password that they are then all to happy to give you!

Private Hotspots

wifi when travellingA private hotspot is where you configure your device, for instance your phone, to allow your laptop to connect and share your data.  While this is a great idea, if you are on an ‘unlimited data’ plan, many carriers do not allow you to turn your phone into a hotspot.  In those instances, it’s worth getting a dongle.

What’s a dongle?

If you’re travelling in your home country, it’s a good idea to have an internet dongle from your existing data carrier.  This is a gizmo that plugs into the USB port on your laptop and gives you a private wifi connection.

Skyroam Mobile Hotspot: Global WiFi // Unlimited Data // Connect 5 Devices // Pay-as-you-go // SIM-Free Coverage in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, AustraliaSkyroam

Or, my favorite solution = Skyroam!

I have written a separate post on it here, but in short, Skyroam is a global wifi mobile hotspot that gives you unlimited data, you can connect up to five devices, it is pay-as-you-go, and it gives you SIM-card free coverage in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, Australia.

International Roaming

International roaming is using your existing phone carrier’s data while away from your native country.  While certainly useful, international roaming can be ghastly expensive.

Other tips…

Here are some other helpful tips on how to stay connected while travelling:

1. Check the service provider of your mobile phone – CDMA vs GSM?  Rather than me explaining the differences and why they matter, here is the lowdown from the experts:  http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2407896,00.asp

2. Is your phone unlocked? – If you want to use a local SIM card overseas, make sure that your phone is not tied with any mobile carrier, this might create major problems in connecting with other people while you are on a trip. Get your phone unlocked, or purchased an international roaming packages, they might be expensive but it is worth it.

3. How much data do you intend to use? – Try calculating texts, calls and data you might consume during your trip. This will be a big help in budgeting your money.

4. Use some applications for calling or texting rather than using SMS and voice-calls – There are so many applications that will provide free instant messages (IM) and calls and other applications that are pay-per-use. Facebook, Skype, and Twitter are just some of the free applications where you can place free IMs and calls.

5. Seek free Wi-Fi networks – As listed above, there are many options for obtaining free wifi, however always consider the fact that there are other people using the same free Wi-Fi you are using.

6. Get your own Wi-Fi hotspot – Getting your own Wi-Fi hotspot is very convenient, although the fact that purchasing your own portable Wi-Fi hotspot may be a bit expensive, it is more convenient.

Boingo?

What on earth is a boingo, I hear you ask?  It’s a lifesaver!  🙂

I go into more detail in this article on Boingo, but the short version is that Boingo is a monthly subscription service that provides wifi hotspots all over the world.

Is my information secure?

is my data secure when travellingAny time you use a public network, there is always a risk – however I’ve never had an issue and as long as you take precautions (like not logging into your bank account when you are on the public network at a fast-food restaurant) the likelihood of an issue in my experience is minimal.

It’s all about being aware, mindful and sensible.

If I can answer any of your specific questions, please let me know!

By Leigh (Bella) St John, aka the Luxurious Nomad

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