Published By: Orna Ghosh

Stay Connected on the Go: Top Tips for Summer Travel with Limited Internet Access

Summer screams for adventure! 

But between hitting the beach, exploring hidden trails, or charming small towns, you might face a foe more fearsome than sunburn- limited internet access. Fear not, fellow travellers! 

Here are a few tips and tricks to stay connected (without being chained to your phone) while enjoying your summer escape with spotty Wi-Fi.

  1. Download the Essentials. Before you leave, download essential apps and maps for offline use. Google Maps offers offline navigation, while apps like Netflix and Spotify allow you to download movies, shows, and music to enjoy later.
  2. Pack a Power Bank. Let's face it! Limited internet often means more phone use for entertainment and navigation. Pack a portable power bank to keep your devices charged and avoid a mid-adventure tech meltdown.
  3. Embrace Analog Communication. Dig out your travel journal or a good old-fashioned notebook! Jot down thoughts, experiences, and funny anecdotes. You'll cherish these handwritten memories long after you return.
  4. Schedule Check-Ins. Let loved ones know when and where you expect limited or no internet access. Agree on a communication plan- perhaps a quick text message every few days or a call at a designated time.
  5. Facing Limited Online Time? Plan for It. If you do have occasional internet access, prioritize checking emails, news updates, or urgent messages. Avoid getting sucked into a social media rabbit hole.
  6. Invest in a Local SIM Card. Consider purchasing a local SIM card with a data plan, depending on your destination. It can be helpful for occasional internet needs, like checking maps or making a quick call.
  7. Embrace the Local Culture. Limited internet means more time to immerse yourself in the local experience. Chat with locals, explore hidden gems, and truly disconnect to reconnect with yourself and your surroundings.
  8. Read a Book (or Two). Pack a few good books or download some ebooks onto your device. You'll be surprised how much more you can devour in a single trip with no distractions.
  9. Become a Photography Master. Limited internet doesn't mean limited memories! Capture the beauty of your travel destination through photos and videos. Get creative, explore different angles, and document your adventure visually.
  10. Pen and Paper Games. Remember those classic travel games like Mad Libs or Would You Rather? Pack a small notebook and a pen and rediscover the joy of low-tech entertainment.
  11. Card Games on the Go. Travel-sized card games are perfect for solo play or group entertainment. Pack a deck of cards that caters to your interests, from classic Solitaire to more strategic games.
  12. Declutter Your Mind. Use this time away from the constant digital buzz to meditate, practice mindfulness, or relax with no distractions. Let your mind wander freely and recharge.
  13. Embrace the Unexpected. Sometimes, getting lost (literally or figuratively) can lead to amazing discoveries. Be open to unexpected detours, spontaneous conversations, and unplanned adventures.
  14. Document the Disconnection. When you get back to the digital world, create a photo album, blog post, or video showcasing your low-tech travel experience. Share it with loved ones and inspire them to embrace a more mindful, unplugged way of exploring the world.

Summer travel with limited internet access doesn't have to be a nightmare. By planning, embracing low-tech solutions, and maximizing connectivity, when possible, you can still stay connected (to an extent) while enjoying the freedom and adventure of a summer escape!