One of the modern nuisances of travel, whether leisure or business, is the need to stay connected to the world. From Facebook and email, to chats with your friends and loved ones via WhatsApp or Skype, we are used to communicating day and night, and when we depart to a foreign destination, we suddenly lose something we have grown so accustomed to that we don’t even think about it until it’s not available.
For travelers coming to Croatia and looking to stay online there are a number of options ranging from expensive and convenient to cheap but full of hassles, and some that hit that sweet spot.
One of the options is to use your own home country mobile network with roaming turned on, this may end up costing you more than your hotel and plane tickets or if your network is friendly about roaming, you may get a good deal.
An alternative is to buy a local SIM card and use it in your phone, this option may or may not be viable, depending on how much time are you willing to spend on buying a card upon arrival, dealing with telecom customer support and changing your own SIM card with a foreign one, effectively losing your own number for the period of your stay. In Croatia, all three major mobile operators, T-Mobile, VIPnet and Tele2 provide prepaid SIM cards.
Connecting to free WiFi networks in bars and hotels is often free, but requires a lot of effort, along with the inherent security concerns and usually poor quality which is often insufficient for anything than email and basic browsing.
A less known, but often times superior solution is local mobile WiFi hotspot (also known as MiFi) rental.
In Croatia, RoamFree Ninja is the first and only provider of mobile WiFi hotspot rentals and lets you get a personal pocket wireless device delivered and waiting for you when you arrive either at the airport or your booked accommodation.
Your personal device creates a private and secure WLAN network you can share with your co-travelers and surf at broadband speed wherever you go with plenty of bandwidth to use for anything from video calls to movie streaming. Once you are finished with your trip, and hopefully full of fresh and beautiful memories, you can simply drop it off at the reception or a post office and be on your way back. Check out RoamFree Ninja here.
While this post addresses the situation in Croatia specifically, it applies to any country you might be visiting, if you would like us to post tips for another destination, leave a comment or contact us and we will be happy to cover another destination.