Gwen O’Toole is an accomplished writer focusing on travel, food, wine and events management. Follow her on Instagram @Gwennieo
Published September 6th 2015
Travellers: stop spongeing off free Wifi spots
While traveling is truly one of life's greatest pleasures, staying connected can sometimes be tricky. Sure most hotels throughout Europe offer WiFi at the hotel, but who wants to spend your holiday in a hotel room?
My Webspot is a handy iPhone-sized solution to having a solid WiFi signal when you're traveling not just in Paris, but throughout Europe.
My Webspot is a great way to stay connected while traveling in Europe. Image credit: My Webspot
This means no more wandering around unfamiliar cities looking for 'free WiFi' signs or ordering endless cups of coffee in a cafe simply to sponge off their WiFi.
While in Paris recently, I was lucky enough to road test My Webspot and certainly wasn't disappointed. The portable hotspot devices offer cost effective, unlimited 4G internet access across Europe so my business was able to stay connected; personally I could send the odd email to check in back home, or upload an Instagram post here and there. But what proved to be the most convenient was the ability to use Google Maps and get ourselves around an unfamiliar city with ease (and without pulling out a giant map to look like tourists!)
Your My Webspot device arrives (or can be collected) in a handy little tin with all the information you need and a return envelope for easy return. Image credit:The Ideas Library
French company, My Webspot offers portable devices that provide travelers access to local broadband networks cheaply (from 5€ per day) as well as an unlimited access plan for just 10€ per day. This enables customers to utilise Skype and various other social media platforms to stay connected when many of the local 'free WiFi' services are too slow or unreliable.
C'mon we've all been at the hotel with the free WiFi that's painfully slow because every guest has logged on at the same time!
Families traveling together will also love that up to 10 users can connect to one router simultaneously. (ideal for situations when hotel room have a 1 or 2 device policy on connecting to the in-house WiFi.)
Having internet access has become vital during travel to help keep people connected as well as for practical reasons such as airport check-in, flight status information and simply sending the odd email. And unless you're a bajillionaire, who can afford to pay international roaming charges?
Your device comes fully charged of power and with all the easy to use instructions included. Image: The Ideas Library
Using the router was easy as it can be collected at a designation collection point throughout Europe or it can be delivered to your hotel prior to check in and waiting for your arrival. When you've finished, simply return it where you collected it or pop it into the postage paid satchel and mail it back.
Allowing for up to 10 devices to connect, My Webspot is great for families too. Image:My Webspot
The best part for us, while trialing My Webspot was that we were able to actually see Paris much more like a local, without having to stop at cafes to jump onto WiFi to check maps, research information about tourist attractions, etc. It was just easy, fast and reliable.