Cost of internet access while traveling
Posted on Nov 11, 2013 by
If you get your internet access through a hotel in Europe, it`s likely to be as expensive as the Melbourne costs you mentioned.
In Prague in 2008, a friend and I paid about $20 to link up her laptop for about an hour. Gulp. Only on the last day of our stay did I discover that in the same complex as the hotel was a small coffee shop that offered free WiFi.
On that trip we were on a new riverboat that supposedly offered free WiFi in the cabins. However, it was almost impossible to link up a laptop (though my friend was able to use her iPhone to get mail.)
This past spring I traveled in France with a netbook, and found it fairly easy to find free, or not-so-expensive, WiFi. (My favorite was on the Thalys train between Brussels & Paris - having already paid so much for a reservation, I took full advantage of their free linkup. You have to subscribe, but there`s no extra cost.) Train stations often have free WiFi, and in Paris you can sit outside at a cafe or in a park and hook up to the net that covers the city. (Coverage can be spotty, however.)
There are sites that list free WiFi spots all over the world. In Paris, many of them seemed to be in McDonald`s restaurants, though there are other choices.
There are other European cities that offer free WiFi in their central areas (Linz, Austria is one.) I would suggest asking at the tourist information office - they may also have a list of internet & free WiFi cafes.
I enjoyed having the netbook along, especially for working with pictures. Mine is an HP mini, which is small enough to fit neatly into a purse.
Happy travels -