I was just telecommuting online (webicommuting?) with my boss (project-based, GDI to the end!) who was on vacay. He was at a schnootzy hotel that had crap wifi: couldn’t get a signal, had to keep moving around to find his bars. And that’s with a $20 internet connection fee! Now, this is a very FANCY hotel. I guess no one really has to work if they go to that hotel, but my boss, he’s got a great work ethic.
Now, if you can afford that hotel and you DEPEND on your Internet connection to help you stay productive, you really should look into getting your own, personal wifi bubble. OK, no, I haven’t used it, but David Pogue has and you know that I love/trust/want-to-be-the-best-friend-of David Pogue.
Mr. Pogue explains it very well, but here it is in a nutshell: You pay anywhere from $30-$60/month and you get your own personal hot-spot that you can share with up to four other people (children with iPods, co-workers, etc.).
How is it different from a cellular modem? Well, first off, it doesn’t have to be plugged in — it’s cordless, small and has rechargeable batteries (and works while it’s being charged!) and secondly, you don’t need to plug it into your laptop — you don’t even need a laptop at all! It’s got a super strong battery that lasts 4 full hours of full use and 40 hours in sleep mode.
Why can’t hotels just supply free wifi? Let me answer that question with another question: If you work on your vacation, is it really a vacation?
This is a TravelingMom dedicated post.