How to get free wifi internationally

Having an international data plan can be extremely useful if you travel abroad often, but not everyone can afford one. T-Mobile indeed offers an unlimited-data-internationally plan (albeit it’s slow), but it costs about $60/month. So what about the rest of us? One could try and rely on free wifi hotspots around the globe if they wished, but my preference while on the move is to be able to find it much more reliably than that!

That’s where several applications for your phone and computer come in. Meet Instabridge and Wifi Free, two apps created to solve this problem. They work by storing user-submitted SSID’s for networks and their passwords in a database and making them accessible to you. You can browse these wifi connections via a map, and sort them by those closest to you. The database for both applications is already pretty sizable, especially in larger cities like Amsterdam and Seoul, but some may wish to make it even bigger; that’s where you can come in! If you want to help bolster the database, you can only add the SSID and its password to the database if you are currently connected to it, which keeps the database free of fake passwords. The establishments offering the wifi are supposed to not mind you having it for them to be added, but how much that is enforced is dubious. Still, if you don’t mind connecting to places who normally would let you if you were a customer of theirs, these apps (and those related to them) are for you.

There is a catch for most of the free ones, however.

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BauBax travel jacket

There’s a new Kickstarter campaign going on, and I’m excited to see what becomes of it in the coming month. This campaign is the BauBax travel jacket, a jacket with 15 travel-specific features in one, including things like a built-in iPad pocket, passport pocket, phone pocket, eye mask, inflatable neck pillow, gloves, and much more. It’s already way beyond its desired funding of $20,000 (the campaign is at $3,831,413 at the time of this post), and is incredibly promising in its rewards.

If you’re a traveler like me, you’ll hopefully see the value in something so tremendously useful! There are four different styles for the jacket (sweatshirt, windblazer, bomber, and blazer), and several different colors, so its appearance is flexible, too. In a practical sense, no more would you have to gather your items scattered in your backpack and set them in the security bins (other than your laptop, of course); all of these items would be able to be plucked right from out of your pockets!

Not only this, but you’re able to get a pretty good discount ($160 instead of $200+ for the windblazer or bomber, for example, and that includes shipping) by supporting the Kickstarter now rather than waiting until the project is fully in fruition this November, which is when your jacket is expected to be shipped if you preordered one. I support the idea so much that I’m getting two of them. Here are a few pictures from the campaign:

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Check out the campaign and give it some support!

Stereotypes of countries around the world

Keep in mind these are tidbits and/or very generalizing and playful stereotypes I’ve come up with by going to these countries and meeting people from them.

Americans:
– Blunt as a knife.
– Describe distances in driving time.
– Describe time in numbers (5:50 is most times “five fifty”, not “ten to six” or “five after quarter to six”).
– Devout (comparatively to other [especially European] countries).
– Friendly.
– Loud.
– Main exports are obesity and friendliness.
– Mediocre drivers due to medium-priced driver’s tests and licenses.
– Notable music genres include rock and jazz.
– Out of shape.
– Patriotic.
– Slogan: Add sugar to everything!
– Tip most everyone.
– Use big adjectives generously (“Wow!” “That’s great!” “That sounds awesome!”).
– Use the imperial measuring system, often leading to confusion with the metric system.

The British:
– Clever.
– Crazy about gardens, just like the Dutch.
– Cynical.
– Pessimistic.
– Sarcastic.
– Sardonic.
– Tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.

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