Written by Zoe Stephens
Whether you’re too cheap to buy a Sim card abroad, only staying in the country for a couple of days, or got a long-haul flight; there’s always going to be a time in our lives when we’re on the move and without data or WiFi available. Depending on the country, you often can’t depend on WiFi alone, so it’s always good to be with a back-up.
Here are some tips on how to survive without the internet on the move.
This is really the basic rule. Only you know what you’re going to need & what you want to be doing during your time without internet. Think ahead and make sure you have everything before you leave your last internet access point!
Download web pages
A great way to access the web without internet is to prepare ahead and download any pages you think you’ll need. You can do this on any web browser. I usually do this with things like navigating airports, information about my new destination, or anything to keep me occupied whilst thousands of feet in the air.
You could also try downloading some books to read online, however, I much prefer paperbacks myself.
Before smartphones got big, you used to have to print this stuff out. But if your phone battery is reliable enough and you want to save the trees, screenshotting information is a great way to have access to everything you need without data. It takes a bit of preparation to know what you’ll need. When travelling to a new destination, my list usually looks like this :
– Hotel reservations
– Directions to & from station/airport to accommodation
– Public transport info for travel
– Train/Bus/Plane info & tickets
Films, dramas, animes… Whatever you usually watch for entertainment, on long-haul travels these things are basic essentials! If you use Spotify to play music, get those playlists downloaded! Or better still, create a travel playlist to download to remind you of your vacation.
Let family/friends know
Family and friends – they worry! Make sure to let people know where you are and how long you plan to be out of internet and unable to be contacted. If anything, it’s important for safety too. If contacting people individually is a bit of an effort, do a Facebook post to let people know you won’t be around for a while!
Working on the move
If working remotely with social media is your job, it doesn’t need to suffer! Write some blog posts ahead of time and schedule them to be published whilst you’re in the middle of nowhere. You can also schedule posts on Facebook and Twitter. No one will know you’re not even around.
All that being said, I used to skimp out and never buy sim cards where I went. Until I did it once and realized how incredibly practical it is. Of course, it depends on where you’re going and how long you’re going to be there, but generally, they’re pretty cheap and way worth their money. You can contact people, check maps, and find and book a place to stay. They’ve got me out of some pretty tight spots before. Just make sure your phone isn’t locked to a specific network!
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