Q. Are there any significant differences in Internet use between
local and foreign ISP's? Is it expensive for a traveler to use the
Internet in foreign countries?
Victor: The costs surrounding Internet use are pretty standard. Even
though cafes and 'hot spots' are becoming more universally
available, there are still vast parts of the world where you simply
won't find any connection available. However, the major cities, like
London, Paris, New York, and Berlin etc. will often have computer
terminals set up in public places. Additionally, one of the hottest
new trends around the world is in the hotel industry. Most major
chains now offer this amenity to lodgers. High-speed Internet
connections are giving hotels a competitive edge. I often have
chosen one hotel over another because it offers Internet connections
for free when I book a room.
I can open my book in my hotel room; go to one of the links provided
in its pages and find restaurants, places of interest and tours
instantly. I can even purchase the tickets and make reservations
right then and there.
Q. Do you have any suggestions for the Traveling Paupers who do use
their laptop's while traveling?
Victor: I heartily recommend that travelers look for this Internet
accessibility when booking a room. It saves you from trying to find
a cafe or 'hot spot' around a city you are not familiar with and
exposing yourself and your laptop to thieves. The hotel room is a
safe and secure environment to do your planning and research.
Q. Have you experienced any major problems when connecting to the
Internet while abroad?
Victor: As far as any problems connecting to the Internet abroad are
concerned, my experience is that it is comparable to connecting in
the States. In other words, you can get 'bumped' off line, but this
is a rarity and is usually amended rather quickly. In addition,
airlines, airline terminals and libraries around the world offer
Q. Do you have any other Quick Tips to share with us?