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Finding wifi on the road is a pain in the ass. You waste half your day wandering from cafe to cafe sipping 3€ lattes while you try to upload that one hilarious picture of yourself in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Looking for “free” travel wifi is infuriating, inefficient, and oddly kind of expensive.

Don’t waste your precious vacation time begging for wifi passwords like Oliver Twist. Hack the matrix, fellow traveler. Here are 14 ways to find free travel wifi that actually works.

Free Travel Wifi Apps

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The easiest way to find free wifi is with your phone. Duh, right? Well, if you don’t have a great T-Mobile travel plan, and don’t want overages, you can’t use your phone plan the whole trip. If you need to download a few larger files or actually get some work done, wifi is still your best option.

Download WifiFinder: Offline Maps of Wifi, Yelp, and Foursquare and let the supercomputer in your pocket find it for you.


This app finds wifi. Sounds simple enough, but there are a lot of “free travel wifi” apps out there, and they are not created equal. Wifi Finder lets you download offline wifi maps, check wifi connectivity and speeds, and it updates hotspots regularly so you don’t waste time tracking down old spots. This app is a solid inclusion to your “travel app folder,” especially if you know ahead of time that you’ll be in one city for a while.

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Yelp: Cheap Wifi Finder

I hate yelp. About 99% of the time it’s people whining about the consistency of their eggs benny, but one of the only good features about Yelp is that it can find wifi. Just type “Free Wifi” into the search bar and specify the city and country, and you’ll most likely get dozens of results. Some people even vet and compile these lists. Is it weird that someone spent hours fact checking the wifi at these places and collected that info for free? Sure. Is it helpful? Absolutely.

Here are some sample city wifi lists:

Bonus Travel Wifi Tip: Select “$” for cheap places with wifi. If you’re fancy you can even select “outdoor seating.” Freaking Yelp…

Foursquare: Wifi Password Finder

Looking for free wifi on Foursquare functions similarly to Yelp, but with one notable exception—you can get wifi passwords. Foursquare users typically leave reviews for cafes and restaurants. If you check reviews for restaurants with free wifi, you’ll often find travel homies that have hooked you up with the password for free. No purchase required.

Foursquare isn’t a long term free travel wifi plan, but it can help you out in a pinch.

Free Travel Wifi Hacks

Sometimes you can only get free wifi for a short, set amount of time—like 15 mins. On a crappy connection, that’s only enough time to shoot of two or three emails, which almost feels more frustrating than no wifi at all.

If you want to trick the man and get around this barrier, you have to change your Mac address when time expires. If that’s too complicated, just try clearing your browser cookies and logging back in. A lot of the time, that will work. Click to continue…

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When I got the email, I took a deep breath then opened the attachment. I braced myself to read the Outbreaker’s bill of materials, the document listing each component of the bag and, most importantly, the final price that we would pay our supplier to make it. I quickly scrolled to the bottom to get to the number.

Pop quiz, Hotshot:
How much more do you think the upgraded Outbreaker costs to make than the Tortuga V2? Take a guess before you scroll down.
The Outbreaker Backpack costs 113% more to manufacture than the Tortuga did. Our costs have more than doubled. The Outbreaker Daypack also costs twice as much to make. The Outbreaker Packing Cubes cost 50% more to make.

Yet, we haven’t been forced to increase the prices that you pay by the same multiples. The Outbreaker’s price only increased 25% over the Tortuga Travel Backpack.

How is that possible?

Because we’re a v-commerce company.

In today’s post, I’ll discuss what that is and what it means for you, the discerning customer.

E-Commerce to V-Commerce

If you’re reading this, you probably do a lot of shopping online. Maybe you’re an Amazon Prime member. Maybe you have a favorite brand that you can only get online. Maybe you just hate malls.

Online shopping seems ubiquitous, but only 8.4% of retail sales were made online in Q3 2016.

Amazon may seem like a shopping behemoth, but we’ll still look back on today as the early days of e-commerce. While e-commerce is in its infancy, the market has grown enough for it to evolve and to specialize. Hence, the recent growth of _v_-commerce brands in the last five to ten years.

That one letter change makes a big difference. The jargon is new, but you likely already know a few v-commerce companies other than Tortuga. Have you heard of Bonobos, Warby Parker, Everlane, or Casper? They’re all v-commerce companies too.

V-commerce companies make and sell their own products. The store is the brand. Think The Gap, not Macy’s, but online.

That all sounds great but what’s in it for you? Click to continue…

Last year, 457.2 million domestic business trips were taken in the United States. Over the three years, that number is predicted to rise to 471.1 million trips.

That’s a lot of jetting around on business. Also, a lot of practice in efficient packing.

When you’re traveling for business, time is of the essence. Eventually, you’ll hone your travel routine down to an exact science. This fine-tuning happens for all parts of your business travel, including what business travel gear to pack.

Light & Fleet = Smooth & Efficient Business Trip

Bringing just what you need and cutting out the extra stuff is a fine balance to achieve. Extra baggage weighs you down when you’re catching a late-night Uber to your hotel, running for a tight flight connection, or unpacking a large bag at your hotel.

Wondering what business travel gear is best for your next business trip? We asked business travel veterans for their picks:

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Frequent business travelers know the time-savings in carrying on versus checking a bag. It means the difference between catching an Uber downtown to lead a meeting, versus waiting endlessly at the baggage claim for your suitcase — the last one to emerge from the airplane’s depths.

The Outbreaker 45 or 35 ($224-249)

My favorite business trip carry on is the Outbreaker 45.

This bag has a lie-flat laptop compartment that means you won’t have to take your computer out for the TSA. The clamshell-opening means my clothes stay organized and nicely folded. Because it’s a backpack maneuvering through an airport is a breeze.

With this bag, skip waiting in line for a slow-moving escalator or noisily jumping wheels over stairs. Click to continue…