How I Stay Online When Traveling Abroad: Flytpack Travel WiFi Router

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As someone who wants to stay connected to my family and friends and gets updated with the current news as I explore the world, it is almost a requirement that I get seamless and unlimited Internet connection whenever I travel.

But first things first. Why do I want to stay wirelessly connected whenever I leave the country? Isn’t one of the reasons why people fly out is to escape and relax?

Reasons to stay connected while traveling abroad:

  • Research while on the road. Because I am a very spontaneous person who doesn’t have an itinerary when I travel, I just wake up every morning and plan each day as it comes. Therefore, an Internet connection is needed.
  • Online maps and routes for a directionally challenged me.
  • Hostel reservations and ticket bookings.
  • Communication with family and friends
  • Photo uploads on social media sites and online messengers
  • Blog updates

So with all these reasons why I want to stay wirelessly connected whenever I travel, you may now wonder how I managed to be present online as I explored my 12 new countries last 2016 (READ: Life and Travels in 2016: A Year Ender). Well, let me share you my strategies.

HOW I STAY ONLINE WHEN TRAVELING ABROAD

Wi-Fi

This tops my list of how I stay connected online when I travel. May it be in my hotel, hostel, Couchsurfing host’s homes, restaurants, cafés, or museums, I simply ask for the WiFi password and get wirelessly connected for free. However, aside from varying connection speed and the complex way to register in non-English speaking countries, accessing free WiFi is not available everywhere for everyone. When I was having a tuktuk ride in Siem Reap, Cambodia to explore the Angkor Wat complex, just where can I access free WiFi?

Roaming

Sometimes, seeking and accessing free Wi-Fi network can be such a pain especially when I was on the road. Therefore there were moments when I needed to rely on my roaming plan.

I used this twice or thrice in my entire lifetime and I will try to avoid it as much as possible. Let’s admit it – roaming fees are exorbitantly expensive, so I only use my mobile data when roaming where I cannot have any other option of getting online and I have a very urgent matter to attend to. I don’t want to spend a mini fortune because I always want to travel affordably (READ: How I travel Cheaply Around Europe), but sometimes roaming can only be the possible option.

For Filipinos, a one-day roaming fee costs around PHP 550 pesos or around USD 11. Not only it is expensive, but using my mobile data while traveling eats a lot of battery, so I have to charge my Samsung Galaxy S6 at least twice a day when I go roaming.

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Local Sim Cards

So if I want to stay online even when I step out of establishments offering free WiFi, my next plan is to purchase local sim cards. This strategy is actually perfect if you frequent the place or if you will be staying there for a relatively longer period of time. For example, there are those tourist sim cards with pre-loaded credits and mobile data packages good for a month to help you get by and beat roaming costs. Not only will you have Internet connection everywhere you go now, you can even contact locals or friends in the area with your new number.

WiFi Router

If you’re traveling as a family or a small group of friends, it would be practical to either get just ONE local sim card or roaming plan with unlimited data for all of you. You can then share Internet and later divide the total costs with everyone. However, both options present one huge problem – roaming or frequent use of mobile data can easily deplete a smartphone’s battery, resulting to frequent need to charge. My solution? Wireless router.

Last December, I did my second Indochina trip for 2016 and went to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Normally, I would buy sim cards in each country I would be and register to their tourist or monthly Internet promo to stay online. However, since I am doing a tri-country backpacking trip, it will be too costly for me to buy three sim cards. Relying on free WiFi connectivity is tricky and getting a roaming plan is out of the question.

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Meet my newest travel buddy, Flytpack!

For the first time, I tried using a wireless router for my international trip. Flytpack, a new overseas Wi-Fi rental service company in the Philippines, offers affordable and fixed daily rates depending on your destination in Asia, Europe, and North America for as low as PHP180 (USD 4).

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How to avail of Flytpack’s travel WiFi router rental service?

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First, availing of Flytpack’s rental service is fairly easy. Simply go to their website and follow the easy instruction in there. Just remember to have your reservation at least 5 working days before your flight because they will be configuring your router and deliver it to your home (if you opt for the home pick up service). So convenient!

In my experience, I opt for the office pick-up as it is just near and accessible to me to go to SM Aura. I got my router on the same day of my flight because I was so busy with the last-minute preparations for my trip and was not able to go to the office earlier.

So what does a Flytpack router kit includes?

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It includes a carry case, the router itself, universal charger/adapter, USB cable, and manual. 

Thoughts on using Flytpack in IndoChina:

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It really proved to be a good travel buddy as I did my backpacking trip in IndoChina. It is very user-friendly. As soon as I landed at HCMC airport, I turned on the router, opened the WiFi setting of my phone, connected to the SSID, used the password indicated on the back of the router, and voila! I was instantly connected. It is very convenient to use. Hassle-free!

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

When my phone ran out of battery from taking photos, I simply charged it on my Flytpack travel Wi-Fi router. It acts as a powerbank as well! Not only that, but I never had to recharge my router more than once per day. There was even some times when I can use it for two full days.

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At Siem Reap, Cambodia

As for the Internet itself, I never had any connection problem during my travel in Ho Chi Minh, Phnom Penh, Bangkok and Kanchanaburi, Thailand. I just had an unstable connection in Siem Reap, but I think it is understandable because even my fellow traveler’s sim card did not have any reception in the area. Overall, I was satisfied with the speed and availability of the network connection.

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Bangkok, Thailand

When I traveled with some people during my trip, I shared my Flytpack’s sign-in info and we connected our phones, tablets, and laptops to it. Flytpack can connect 5-8 devices simultaneously!

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My newest travel bud!

Think of this: If you are two or more friends traveling together, will you buy individual sim cards to stay connected? Why not just invest on a Flytpack plan instead and connect all your Wi-Fi-enabled gadgets?

Here are some of my posts I have updated while traveling around Indochina using my Flytpack Travel WiFi Router:

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Being connected online as I travel is an absolute must for me because of the reasons I have stated at the beginning of this post. As I continue to explore various ways to conveniently and affordably connect to the Internet, I found renting a travel Wi-Fi router the best option I had so far. With Flytpack travel Wi-Fi router, I was able to quickly connect online wherever I was without bothering to use free Wi-Fi services from establishments that have complicated set-ups and written in languages I could not understand.

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With Flytpack, I enjoyed seamless and unlimited connection without spending a fortune. I definitely recommend this to everyone who would be having his or her next overseas trip! For more info, visit flytpack.com

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19 Comments

  1. That’s a really interesting way to stay connected. We generally take local sim cards with internet pack or use WiFi of hotel to stay connected. This product sounds super cool to stay connected, would definitely check online

  2. This seems a neat option. Flytpack, this is amazing! Roaming is quite a troubling option and I would rather stay offline than go for roaming, but the Flytpack is going to be the first thing I am going to buy. No more worries about putting the #latepost on my pictures again!

    1. I agree that many countries have free wifi in airports and other places. On your question about the advantage of Flytpack, you may try to re-read the article and find the answers you seek. I have definitely listed them. Thanks!

  3. I have quickly learned that a wireless router is the BEST thing you can have. I can’t deal without one… though I know disconnecting is a good thing as well. It’s hard to choose which is best hahaha.

  4. Interesting new solution this is! Yes sometimes it is good to get disconnected totally but considering the way we make our livings, I do get paranoid about these things. Last summer I went off radar for a week so and towards the end of teh week I was havng sleepless nights.

  5. never heard of this but seems like an awesome idea. i really struggle sometimes to get connected while traveling. Does this work in specific countries or anywhere?

  6. I have never heard of the Flytpack, what an awesome idea. It is very difficult to be unconnected for any amount of time now, and finding Wi-Fi can be such a nightmare. Obviously picking good hotels is key, but its nice to know what other options are out there!

  7. The Flytpack sounds like a really great way to stay connected while traveling, and very hassle free. That is a huge bonus. If I travel to the countries that have it is will for sure be an options I look into using. Thanks so much for sharing! Very helpful.

  8. This is so useful for a frequent traveler like me. Mostly I rely on wi fi and local sims in a new country. The points you have suggested are worth trying. Noting it for my future travel.

  9. This post is awesome. It has answered my so many questions. i knew about other options but had never heard about Flytpack. This one seems to be the solution to all my internet and battery problems while travelling. This device is cool and dual problem solver. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Great tips. I didn’t bother even opening my phone or laptop and surfing internet while on travel. But ever since I started taking my blog work seriously, it seems like shutting down a shop for says if I go without connecting to the internet. I think wifi is the most viable of all options, followed by the others.

  11. Hmm! This really will come in handy when traveling. The internet was so bad in Galapagos when I went (I didn’t expect it to be good honestly). But then again, I wish I had this!

  12. Flytpack sounds great! As a digital nomad reliable internet is always my biggest challenge when going abroad. I always get a local sim card which helps, but I will definitely look into Flytpack for my next destination

  13. This was actually super helpful. I’d been playing with the idea of a wireless router for a while. I just did a trip to italy and bought a sim card and it cost 35 euro for the card and data and it didn’t work anywhere. Since I got back ibwas trying to figure out what to do but I’m deffs looking deeper into this!!

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