I’ve been on the road a lot more lately, preparing for our move to Ohio. We’ve been spending a lot of time in airports and hotels as we fly back and forth to find the perfect house in the perfect school district in the perfect town. (Does the last sentence give you any sense of the pressure cooker we’re under?) Even when I’m home, I’m usually driven out of my house to make way for potential buyers touring the house.In my new life as a nomad, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about Wi-Fi, or specifically, about how hard it is to find free Wi-Fi nowadays. Everywhere you go: Barnes & Noble, the airport, hotels… all want to charge you $10 to $15 for 24 hours of Internet access.I’m planning on heading down to my local Verizon Wireless store tomorrow to get ahold of my own MiFi, a new product they just introduced this weekend that lets you create your own personal Wi-Fi cloud around you and four of your closest friends.While I’m positively giddy at the prospect of my own little Internet cloud, I realize that some of you may not want to plunk down the $100 to acquire the credit car sized gizmo as well as the monthly fee of $39.99 or $59.99. So I thought I would let you in on something I discovered this weekend.Budget hotels give you free Internet. That’s right. For free. Although it makes no sense at all, the budget brands of large hotel chains give Internet access for free whereas the high end hotels charge. If surfing the web has become as necessary as breathing and eating to you, you may want to consider staying in a Courtyard by Marriott, a Marriott Residence Inn, a Four Points by Sheraton, or a Hampton Inn for your next trip. The threadcount of your sheets will probably be lower than at a Hyatt, but you’ll be able to Google and You Tube to your heart’s content.This is an original Traveling Mom post. When not searching high and low for free Wi-Fi, Vanessa Druckman blogs about cooking and parenting at Chefdruck Musings.
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