When you’re traveling you might not always be able to bring all the luxuries from back home. But let’s be honest, are you really going anywhere these days without your phone or laptop? Most likely not. So today I’m sharing some tips on why you should use a vpn while traveling: how to keep watching your favorite shows abroad, safely access online banking and avoid higher fees for plane tickets.
Watch your favorite shows abroad
So this one you might have heard of before: there’s a trick you can use to keep watching your favorite tv-shows and channels when you are abroad. Streaming services hate you for this, and will try to block you if you are logging in from another country. However, with a good VPN you can avoid these blockades and log into your favorite service. It might be a bit slower than you would usually expect from browsing without, because all the data will first go through the VPN server first. Yet, knowing that you can watch your favorite shows and have better security is relieving, Also, don’t forget to write down the user/passwords for your ISP and/or streaming service because you will still needs these to login to the service once connected.
Did you know: the Netflix library has different titles depending on the country you are watching from? This means certain US shows might not pop up in your account when you are watching from Europe for example, without using a VPN!
Access to online banking
Have you ever tried logging into your online banking account from the wifi in a hotel lobby? You might want to reconsider this as it can be a major security risk. Especially on public wi-fi networks, you can never be sure that no one is looking at you browsing on their network so better to be safe than sorry and turn on that VPN. You don’t want your banking details leaked in a foreign country now would you? I have had very good experiences with Surfshark VPN so far and it’s really easy to use with the browser-plugin. This is why it’s good to use a VPN while traveling.
Also, be aware that logging into your bank account from a foreign country can also trigger some warning/safety systems over at the bank that might cause them to temporarily block access. This is primarily to keep your account safe, but might take a while to get hold of your bank from another country or time-zone, all while you cannot access your money.
Avoid price discrimination
For your next destination you might want to check if the price for your plane tickets are cheaper when booking in another country. Say what? Price discrimination is a practice in the travel industry where airlines use different pricing policies for consumers in different countries to increase their sales. If you want to read more how this works and to make sure you get the best deal every time: here’s a great article.
I also recommend Student Universe as a source to finding discounted tickets, which I have used many times before when arranging my travels and moving abroad. It’s also good to compare different travel sites when planning your next trip in order to get the best possible deal.
Protecting your (online) privacy
Once you are familiar using a VPN, just like me, you might just leave it on at all times (I leave it on at home too). Simply because I forget about it. It not only keeps my privacy protected when abroad, but also from my ISP and some websites that snoop on my online behavior, even back home.
I have used a VPN a couple times its so helpful and I use it a lot while im home too. Thanks for sharing this post
I’VE BEEN thinking about getting a VPN for my house network but unfortunately, I don’t know much about it. Thanks a lot for the awesome information.
Great advice to use a VPN banking and ticket pricing when we travel. We Live in New ZEaland, so already know that VPN is useful for worldwide TV.
These are actually great reasons to have a vpn. Checking prices is my favorite one yet!
I haven’t heard of VPN because my husband used to do all those. After Reading this post I come to know more about it. Thanks for sharing with us. Very helpful and informative.
I’ve definitely considered a VPN as an avid traveler, but I’m generally not too far away for very long. One Day, I’ll be traveling the world for weeks on end! One day… Lol.
I’ve been wondering about getting a vpN. This was veey helpful.
Great post, i always use a VPN when travelling too, especially when using public wifi networks.
I’ve never even thought about this before but it makes a lot of sense. thanks for the awesome info friend.
Thank you for sharing this, i have always used the Local wifi whilst i am away but i hadnt thought about the security side of things.
Having a vpn in any puBlic space is important. It’s crazy how people can steal your info!
This is really a great idea or insight. really i was unaware about this,. Thanks for sharing
that is a very useful piece of information many people don’t even know about! thanks for sharing
Definitely have always found using VPN to be so helpful! This is a great read for those who don’t know about it.
I completely agree with your points And By connecting to a VPN, your data will automatically be encrypted, making it impossible for a hacker to steal it. This should be the top reason to use a VPN while traveling.
Using a vpn would definitely be helpful when traveling! I have also tried using this outside and it’s useful, thanks for sharing this with us!
Good points. Also as a blogger i use it so I can do work and dont have to worry if where i am going has wifi.
I never thought about this before!! But it makes sense.
Great work though..glad you shared such valuable information with us..This is truly very helpful and useful blog post…
I always check for the discounted tickets too. It’s worth it and then some when you find a good deal.
Yes definitely!! I’ve saved quite a bit off plane tickets this way.
Not going to lie, I am the absolute worst when it comes to using a VPN. In fact, I dont even know if my new laptop has one installed anymore. But I need to get on this because Darcee & I have been doing more remote working everywhere and I need to be better about keeping our information safe. If anything our online banking and passoword information. So thanks for sharing the Surfshark VPN. I didnt even know where to start but it looks like a perfect fit for us!
Thanks so much Eric! Once I moved abroad I realized the importance of a VPN. Especially like you said remote working and definitely with banking & passwords. I was notorious for working at a cafe and using the shared wifi without a VPN! Hahah I use it all the time now even if I’m home and get paranoid if I forget to turn it on.
I’ve never thought of that before and those are some wonderful points to keep in mind. Will definitely try your tips when I travel again.
I appreciate your help. After I moved anywhere, I realized how important a VPN was. Especially with remote working and banking and passwords, as you mentioned. However, I need to take action because I have been working more remotely to protect our information better. In particular, our password and online banking information. Many thanks for pointing out the VPN safety issue.