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Hack #68. Find WiFi Hotspots on the Road

WiFi is the best friend of the well-connected commuter and traveler.

Early last spring I sold my business, moved into an RV, and took off traveling. I have been on the road for six months now, cruising from the east coast of the U.S. to Alaska. During this time I've managed to access the Internet nearly as often as I like, staying in touch with friends and family via email and maintaining an active web site. I also use an Internet telephone account to make and receive phone calls through my laptop whenever I'm online. For anyone contemplating long-term travel and wanting to stay "connected," perhaps some of my own experiences and discoveries of late may prove useful.

Staying Free and Connected on the Road

Once I hit the road, I discovered a variety of ways and means for getting online. I should mention here that although more and more commercial RV parks are offering Internet connections to their overnight guests these days, I have never once stayed in such a place. I prefer the roads less traveled and the places less visited: free, secluded campsites along National Forest back roads and streams, in the countryside, and on empty beaches.

Still, I manage to get online quite often. For example, whenever I visit a friend with broadband access, I just bring my laptop in and connect it.

Tip

With a compact WiFi access point such as Apple's AirPort Express (http://www.apple.com/airportexpress/), you can also use that network connection to quickly create ...

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