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How Do You Manage Wifi As a Digital Nomad Travelling In a Camper Van?

PostPosted:Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:43 pm
by JessyBell22
Hi Mel & Armando! :) Welcome to the forum! I read your welcome post and am so impressed! I've always been interested in an epic road trip with a camper van, I see some people call this van life. I thought it would be hard to do as a digital nomad because of wifi...but I bet you guys have a solution!

How do you manage your Wifi situation while on the road?

Re: How Do You Manage Wifi As a Digital Nomad Travelling In a Camper Van?

PostPosted:Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:37 am
by armando.costantino
We bought years ago a Huawei portable router (you can find now also other brand) and each country we visit we buy a prepaid data sim card (as without an address they can't make any contract). That's what we use in order to communicate with clients and work on our website or social. When we need to upload or download bigger files we always find some free wifi around. Depends on the country you can find different prices: for example now in Italy our data sim card is 10GB for 15 Euro. In Portugal last year was illimitate for 30 euro a month.

Re: How Do You Manage Wifi As a Digital Nomad Travelling In a Camper Van?

PostPosted:Sun Jan 01, 2017 6:10 am
by JessyBell22
Were you ever in countries where you could not find a strong enough connection for the bigger files easily? If so, what did you do then!

Re: How Do You Manage Wifi As a Digital Nomad Travelling In a Camper Van?

PostPosted:Sun Jan 01, 2017 6:56 am
by Armando Costantino
It happend, for example in Morocco last winter. At that time I had a video editing job and I had to download constantly several GB every week. Was difficult to find a good and fast wifi there, so after 2 and a 1/2 years working for this client, I've decided to leave the job to a friend of mine, less stress and no more worries now. Lately I've started working more for motion graphics, less heavy files and I can easily send it with our wifi. Other times happend that we just look and look for the right place with fast wifi. We used ofter a free app called wifi map and as well worked from coo-working and such.

Re: How Do You Manage Wifi As a Digital Nomad Travelling In a Camper Van?

PostPosted:Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:15 am
by Mel Candea
Hi Jessy, as Armando said we love our Huawei (I'm using it now). Ours is a little older than these: http://consumer.huawei.com/en/mobile-br ... /index.htm It's perfect for me, since I just need to research/write online; Armando sometimes needs a lot more for uploading and sending his video files. Cafes become handy then. Ha. Make sure whichever WiFi device you choose works in more than just one country (some are based with local contracts and such) if you're going to be traveling a lot. :)

Re: How Do You Manage Wifi As a Digital Nomad Travelling In a Camper Van?

PostPosted:Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:36 am
by Sarahjoness
During my previous trip I rented a mobile wifi from ezitravel.com and it served me well. the connection worked fairly well, though at some mountainous areas the connection was choppy. Good if you have to work on the go or post stuff on social media.