Here are a couple places where you can be a WiFi bandit while on vacation:
The Hotel Lobby - Many high-end hotels offer free WiFi in their main lobby. If you're lost or looking for directions, this is a great place to stop and reload your map. I also find that when I'm completely stuck, I can ask the concierge or front desk for directions or help.
|Photo Credit - New York Public Library|
Panera Bread - If you are in the US, this bakery chain offers free WiFi and an affordable lunch menu. Think of it as a very fancy Tim Hortons.
The Local Public Library - Usually has a free WiFi code. Just ask at the front desk, sometimes there are usage limits.
Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie - Pretty much a terms and conditions page comes up, click yes and you have access inside these stores.
McDonald's - Travelling overseas with sky high data fees are the worst. Don't even think about uploading a photo online, it can cost you $3/MB and you'll cry when you finally get your cell phone bill. When I'm in Europe, I have been able to lock down some free internet (although inconsistent) at McDonald's. In Europe, free WiFi is harder to come by - which is probably a sign for me to get off my phone.
The Mac Airport Express - I travel a lot for work and have multiple devices like my laptop, phone, my husband's laptop and phone that are all fighting for the internet. I usually bring along my Mac Airport Express when I travel as my portable wireless router. It's no bigger than a standard adapter and you can plug the ethernet cable from the hotel connection, directly into it to enable all your devices. That way, everyone can get some work done in the morning before heading out for the day.
Where do you find free WiFi when you're traveling outside of the country?