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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Internet Access

by on April 26, 2012

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls

How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls

Many people have asked me how I could just leave my job and seemingly travel perpetually. How can I afford it? How do you find places to stay for free all the time? How do you find places to volunteer? All questions I’ve received by email, and now I’m sharing the secrets in a series of posts about how The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls and what things are like behind the scenes.

Internet Access

Sometimes internet access can be a real problem. Given my blog and the fact that I’ve “outsourced” a lot of my work (housing, finding volunteering opportunities, etc.) I need to be connected.

My "Office" In The Internet Cafe

My "Office" In The Internet Cafe

In the worst case, I go to an internet café and use their computer. This resulted in a wonderful story in El Salvador, kind of being adopted by the family who owns the cafe.

In a better worst case, I use my own computer in a cafe (not internet, but one that sells coffee). Sometimes you can find real cafes or restaurants with wifi. If you were going to eat there anyway, then the internet is a bonus.

Juan Valdez Cafe in Colombia

Juan Valdez Cafe in Colombia

I love coffee so I’d rather spend $1-$2 for a coffee and spend a couple of hours online than an uncomfortable and loud internet cafe for the same price. This is obviously a function of where you are and how affluent the place is. Cafe culture is definitely a city thing.


WiFi Zone.. In A Bathroom

WiFi Zone.. In A Bathroom

Sometimes local libraries have internet access for free, similarly museums like in Cartago, Costa Rica. It really just depends on where you are, the level of development of the place, etc. But I’ve always managed to find a solution thus far – though they haven’t often been ideal.

I don’t have a smartphone, but if I’m looking to take a rest while sightseeing at a place with wifi, I walk around with my Amazon Kindle in-hand and scan for wireless signals outside cafes and restaurants to see if they have wifi. It’s helped me find places I didn’t expect to have wifi.

In the most remote places I’ve been, Yauya, Peru being a good example, I was still able to be connected. In very remote places they use some kind of antenna system to transmit data over long distances between villages. It’s slow, like dial-up slow, but it’s a connection. Pretty amazing.

Anything Else?

If you have any more questions, put it in the comments below and I’ll either answer your question there or write a new post covering it.

About Adam Pervez

In mid-2011 I left my cushy corporate job and took the plunge into a life incorporating my passions of traveling, writing, volunteering, learning, educating, and telling stories. I study what happiness means to others, offer what I can from my engineering/MBA background as a volunteer, and try to leave each place better than how I found it. Read more.

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