As you’ve probably noticed, I have been travelling A LOT lately.
I like to go on short European weekend breaks when I can, whilst making the most of the holiday days I have for bigger trips here and there.
I love exploring new places and one thing I have been trying to do more of as my blog has started becoming more travel focused, is sharing my travels with people while I’m there.
Of course, I wouldn’t be able to do this without using the internet, but with new EU roaming rules stating we get free data whilst travelling in a European country it doesn’t cost a thing anymore! Which is quite lucky, as I was starting to run up some pretty high bills…
I tend not to have my phone out too much while exploring (unless I am Insta-storying something awesome) so when I take a break or sit down for something to eat, I usually try to catch up with everything then. There’s so much I get done in that short amount of time, that I thought I’d share why I can’t live without the Internet while travelling.
I tend not to ‘keep-up’ with social media while I’m away, but I do like to share what I’m up to! As a travel blogger, I feel like it’s important to update while you’re out exploring so I try my best to post photos as often as I can.
My mission for the rest of the year is to start posting more on Instagram stories as I absolutely love watching other people’s when they’re out travelling. I’ve discovered quite a few places I’d like to visit by watching other’s stories, so I hope that maybe I’d be able to inspire someone to visit the places I’m going too! (Especially Wroclaw, everyone should visit Wroclaw).
Keeping in Touch with Family and Friends
I always like the option to be able to keep in touch with my family and friends while I’m away, so it’s nice to be able to message them whenever I want now that I don’t have a cap on my internet in Europe.
When I was in Wroclaw (the first time) my sister had her scan to reveal the sex of her baby. My whole family got together and FaceTimed me and when they turned the camera on they all shouted IT’S A BOY. It was so cute, and something I wouldn’t have been able to do without the Internet.
I may or may not also enjoy sending them photographs of me enjoying my holidays while they’re at work #sorrynotsorry.
I bloody love an Uber, seriously. Where ever I go I end up using them at least once or twice, which wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t have an internet connection while out and about!
Checking Emails and Keeping up with Work
This is a pretty boring one, but as a blogger without set hours of work I think it’s important to keep up with my emails while away! I never put an out of office on when I go away because I try to reply to everything when I get the chance, even if it’s just to say, ‘I’m on holiday, I’ll get back to you soon but I am definitely interested!’.
It’s basically like taking a business mobile on holiday, but as I love how my blog is turning into a mini business I actually don’t mind!
Getting Regular News Updates
While I was in Poland the Borough Market attacks happened in London and if I didn’t have an internet connection while there, I don’t think I would have heard about it until I got back. It gave me the chance to check if my friends in London were safe, as well as keep up to date with and updates regarding the horrible incident. Unfortunately this is becoming more and more important lately, so I rely on my phone to keep me updated and safe.
Getting Around and Finding Things to Do
I don’t plan my days in advance when travelling, so more often than not I’ll Google things to do and how to get there while out and about. I also love scrolling through the visit *insert country here* hashtags on Instagram to find places to go, especially as a lot of the time they are geotagged and I can find my way there using maps on Instagram.
Checking In and Getting Up to Date Flight Information
Most of the time I manage to check in to my return flights at my hotel or Airbnb, but on some occasions I have done it from my mobile while using my data. I usually have an app for the airline on my phone so I can check in and show my boarding pass that way, it’s so much easier!
I also think it’s important to have an internet connection so you can keep up to date with flight information. When I was in Paris earlier this year my Sister messaged me to say that there was an air strike in France and that my flight might be affected. I used my phone to check whether or not my flight was cancelled, as otherwise we’d have been forking out for a last minute Eurostar back!
I know a lot of people love an online-detox while they’re travelling, but I am definitely not one of them! Guess I rely on my phone more than I realised… ?