Packing for travel can be daunting. You have to figure out what size luggage you are bringing, narrow down your clothing, and make sure you have all the right converters. But what about the things you are not physically packing? A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is something that shouldn’t be overlooked, especially if you plan to be traveling for more than a few days. Here are 6 reasons to use a VPN while traveling…
6 Reasons To Use A VPN While Traveling
1. It Keeps Your Data Safe
If you’re bringing your laptop, you’re most likely going to be connecting to WiFi wherever you can. Airports, cafes, you name it, I’ve heard travelers say before that they’ll go out of their way to find a McDonald’s just to make sure they can connect for a second!
Public WiFi is a blessing, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come without some downfalls. Since a public network is open to anyone that means that people can access your data in ways that you might not realize. Having a VPN helps adds an extra level of security and makes sure none of your important info gets into the wrong hands.
2. It Makes Staying Connected Back Home a Breeze
Have you ever been traveling out of the country and tried to open an app or a website only to see “Sorry, this isn’t available in your area yet”? A VPN can help make your IP address look like your back in your home country and make sure you don’t miss out on important opportunities.
3. Stops Lockouts and Freezes
There’s nothing worse than trying to use your credit card or trying to transfer funds electronically while traveling only to realize you’ve been locked out. If it’s ever happened to you, you know how annoying it can be, especially with time differences. This happens because many apps, like PayPal, can tell you are in a different country and think you’re being hacked. By having your location set to you home country on your VPN, you can make sure your cash flow never gets interrupted.
4. You Can Bring the Fun With You
Traveling is filled with amazing and awe-inspiring moments. You’re in a new place and the scenery is gorgeous, but sometimes after you’ve seen it all you just want to curl up and watch your favorite show in bed. Am I alone here?! Unfortunately, a lot of streaming services are geo-specific. By having a VPN you can easily unlock your content and go back to streaming like you normally would.
5. Defeats Censorship
Internet censorship is a big topic in many countries with the most famous example being China. A VPN can help you unblock common websites such as Google and Facebook which can be crucial lifelines for many travelers, especially ones like me, who have blogs and social channels that need to stay updated.
6. Better Deals
Many times booking through a local website, versus one from you home country, you’ll find a plethora of better deals ranging from train tickets to dinner packages. Booking in this way can say you lots of money in the long run, and give you more cash for travel. Cha-ching!
Do you use a VPN for travel? What about a VPN at home?