It’s nice to think that we travel everyday without worrying about anything in the world, but in reality, we do think seriously about a number of things. A life of continuous travel actually requires a lot of serious planning in other areas of your life, and one of that is your work. Rachel and I are lucky to be working online and doing client work, which allows us to travel while we are working. One hiccup is that even if you move a lot, you’ll have to find wifi everywhere, which, let’s face it, can become a bit of a nuisance especially in Asia. And luckily, after much research, we found out about the Skyroam Hotspot.
The Skyroam Hotspot is a portable data device which allows you to get internet connection in 100 countries around the world. So far, we have tested the device in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, and it has worked well in all areas we’ve traveled to in these countries. We were actually surprised that all throughout our ferry ride from Singapore to Bintan (Bintan is actually an island, already a part of Indonesia, but can be reached via a 45 minute ferry ride from Singapore), we were able to connect to internet and do some work. How’s that for productive?
How does Skyroam works?
As we work full time online, we are in constant need of connecting online. It can be a bit of a challenge if you move to many countries a lot. Changing of sim cards, activating sim cards and getting data credits, or the endless search of coffee shops and other establishments which allow you to connect to the internet for a long time. With the Skyroam with you all the time, all these problems are easily gone. You’ll have access to internet in your hands anytime. What you need is just have a day pass available (this is your Skyroam data credit), turn it on, and you’ll get internet for the next 24 hours.
The device doesn’t need any simcard, however if you want to use one, then you can use it, and insert it with your Skyroam. The advantage of having a day pass is that you can control the internet that you have. If you’ll be staying on the road, or mostly outside on a particular day, and will need to be connected online (whether for work, for social media, or just to be available for any emergency messages), you’ll just need to turn on your Skyroam, and wala! You’ll be connected for the whole day. On days that you’ll be staying in your hotel or hostel or any host, or if you’re sure to stay in a place where you’ll get hours of internet, then simply just don’t turn on any day pass. You’ll reserve your credits for another day.
The device password can easily be found in the settings of Skyroam. Browse to settings to get the password. You’ll be able to connect to up to 5 devices with unlimited internet connection. Data supports connection of 802.11b/g/n. Connection starts with 4G, and with the use of data is goes down to 3G, succesively. But not to worry. Even with the lowest connection, you can get messages and reply to them.
For us, we’ve been using our Skyroam to connect to up to 5 devices at the same time. 3 phones and 2 laptops. We mainly use it for Instagram and Snapchat, too. The battery lasts around 8-10 hours and there are two of them. That means you will be able to get almost 24 hours with the two batteries, without the need to charge them. Plus, it’s so small that you can carry it with you everywhere, even in your pocket.
How much does Skyroam Hotspot cost?
The price is $99.99 and it includes 3 Free Day Passes. Very easy to use, accessible and you can easily control how much internet you’ll be using, so easy for your budget. If you don´t want to buy your own Skyroam Hotspot because you will not travel for long, you have the option of renting. This is a cool option, if you are planning to travel for a week for example. It costs $9.95 per day, and it works in the same way, with unlimited wifi and can connect up to 5 devices. Click here, to buy your Skyroam Hotspot now.
In countries does the Skyroam Hotspot work?
The device works in 32 countries in The Americas, 39 countries in Europe, 19 countries in Asia, 5 countries in South Pacific, 3 countries in Africa and 2 countries in Middle East. If you want to read the full list of the countries included, click here for more details.
Do we recommend you to get one yourself?
Oh, definitely! And this is not just about advertisement. Having a hotspot like this with you all the time, has solved many of our challenges when traveling. For days that we need to be connected all the time, we don’t have to stop to look for a place, or to get sim cards, meaning we don’t waste our time. We can focus on the travel itself, whether that day is spent traveling on the road, or enjoying the new location. Also, any downtime you have, whether you’re in a train or bus, or hitchhiking in someone’s car, you can easily get work done, or get connected online. Less hassle.
The only time we’ve had any issues connecting with Skyroam in all the countries we’ve visited in Asia, was when there was a huge typhoon in the Philippines and this typhoon hit our island in a high signal. Apart from that, it works amazingly well. With batteries to last you the whole day, all you need to do is make sure you charge properly at night! Skyroam Hotspot is definitely a must in your travel gear – make sure you get one for yourself or gift someone who has been bitten by the travel bug!
Happy travels everyone! x