Traveling with a MiFi AKA Mobile Internet

Using a Droam in Europe - Spain

Everyone should travel with a MiFi these days.

Well… at least those people that travel a fair amount and like to be / need to be connected to the internet often.

 

If you don’t have an unlocked smart phone (like myself) then honestly look into getting yourself a MiFi for your travels. Maybe you don’t travel enough to justify buying one? Then you can also rent them from sites like Droam.nl

 

On my last trip through Europe I tested out a Droam MiFi after hearing about it from my friend Dave and fell in love. Having a MiFi with a set price for a set amount of GBs was extremely convenient and made me happy that I wasn’t constantly worrying about how high my phone bill might be when I got home. (Still remembering that time my bill was $1,300 after Iceland…).

 

Also it was extremely convenient and could give wifi to 5 devices at a time so not only could I be connected on the go on my phone but also when I needed to get work done on my computer I didn’t need to go searching for the nearest Coffee Shop for a wifi connection. I also instantly gained a lot of friends who liked me for my mobile internet.

 

Using a Droam in Europe - Venice, Italy
Using my Droam in Venice to stay connected.

 

On this trip I traveled by train from Spain through France to Italy. I used the Droam on my entire journey and except for some very rural areas I practically had a connection the whole time. I was pretty amazed by it and quite pleased.

 

Droams operate in over 50 countries and the company is based in the Netherlands. 36 of those countries are in Europe and as you may have guessed it that is where it tends to work best. It will also work in Australia, New Zealand, the US and South Africa, with a growing list of other places. However for each of those places you need a new device set up differently.

 

Using mobile wifi Droam on a train
Charging the Droam with my computer as I use it on a train through Europe.

 

I honestly really enjoyed having the Droam and was sad when I had to give it up and mail it back at the end of my time in Europe. I would definitely look into getting one again for my next trip to Europe.

 

The Droam was given to me complimentary free for a month during my travels. All opinions and views expressed as always are my own, I truly do love that sucker and stand by everything I said about it.

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Phillip Actor
    May 8, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Hi everyone; I am afraid Droam , which I founded and ran went into liquidation In March. I have since started working for keepGo, a US company doing similiar things. I am responsible for their European Operations and sales. Feel free to browse via keepgo.nl or mail me at phillip.a at keepgo.com if you have any questions. I’ll be pleased to help you; we will be bringing Cailin on as a tester soon!

  • Reply
    Kate
    April 9, 2013 at 1:13 am

    hmmm perhaps this is something to look into for when we drive across Canada, instead of a pay as you go sim card (which I’ve heard are hideously expensive in Canada too)

  • Reply
    Alouise
    April 7, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I don’t have a smartphone, but I do have an ipod touch that only uses wifi. If a mifi device could work with it that would be really handy, especially when I’m lost somewhere or need to send an email and can’t get on a wifi signal.

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    michel
    April 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    This look a pretty handy gadget but the screen seems a little bit small. As I am getting older the size of the screen start to matter more and more.

    • Reply
      Cailin
      April 5, 2013 at 1:35 am

      Hey Michael – you don’t actually browse the internet on the device it just acts as a portable wifi device that gives internet to your phone, computer, and other gadgets. The screen is only to show you when it is on and if it has service, honestly the smaller these things are the better.

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    T-roy
    April 4, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Do they have a website that is in English at all? From the link you posted I can’t find anymore info on it at all (price, service exc) :(

    • Reply
      Cailin
      April 5, 2013 at 1:36 am

      Hey T-roy I believe they are updating their site right now (it normally has an english option) you can check out their Facebook page for more options or send them a message :)

  • Reply
    Cristina
    April 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I want one of those for our trip to Canada!

    • Reply
      Cailin
      April 5, 2013 at 1:36 am

      Cristina it was sooooo handy!

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