Tablets are great devices at home, office or school but getting a decent internet connection when traveling can become challenging. iTablets is here to help with great suggestions on how to find Wi-fi when on the go without having to pay for it!

Firstly there a number of applications that point out nearby WiFi hotspots and most of these don’t actually require an internet connection to work so they can be pre-loaded on your tablet ready to use or even better installed on a pair smartphone. One option for iPad users is WiFi Finder Free whilst those on Android Tablets should check out Avast WiFi Finder.


WiFi Finder



Another great way is to pick a hotel that offers free WiFi even budget hotels nowadays offer WiFi as a free service. However some more expensive hotels do still charge for this service and some offer a tiered system with a slower internet connection available for free and a high-speed connection costing a little more. Across Europe on the other hand very few hotels of any calibre offer free WiFi and only some do at approx. price o 13€ to 20€  a day. Many hotels point guests to a nearby Internet Café which charge a hourly rate.


Ships Planes and Trains

Free WiFi on cruises is a rarity meaning you tend to have to pay for it – with the prices being quite high with buying access for the entire cruise trip potentially costing up to several hundred pounds. But the best thing to do in these circumstances is too look for free wifi hotospots in ports of call where it will be possible to get caught up on email, social media or download a new eBook for your travels.  



A great many restaurants now offer free WiFi but the more expensive restaurant is less likely to offer a free service. There are over 11, 500 McDonald’s that have it for free and that extends around the world. Other companies that usually have free WiFi also include Burger King, Pret a Manger, and many bars and pubs like Wetherspoons. A great many independently owned restaurants also make Wifi available to their customers which is often advertised on their shop windows. 


Coffee Shops and Bookstores

Coffee shops set off the trend of offering free WiFi to their customers, and virtually every Starbucks store around the world has it. And this goes for Costa and Café Nero too.

Most independent bookstores also have free WiFi… generally in their coffee shops. For example places like WaterStones and Foyles. These are great places to sit down and work for a few hours.


WiFi Hotspot



A surprising array of other places offer free WiFi these days. This includes a handful of petrol stations and motorway rest stops. Many major parks have a hotspot for guests, and some tour buses do too.

Many public libraries have WiFi as well, although these are generally only to those who have a library card. Still, it could be an option if for those who are visiting relatives.


More Permanent Options

The solutions discussed are probably fine for those who travel once or twice a year, but if people who are frequently on the road should really consider something that’s not so piecemeal. Something they can definitely count on.

Most smartphones can share their cellular-wireless data connections/plan with other devices over Wi-Fi. It’s necessary to be signed up for a data plan that allows this, however.

A portable hotspot from a wireless carrier is another option. These are stand-alone accessories that turn cellular-wireless data into WiFi. This is an easy, flexible solution but it’s also one of the most expensive options on this list.

Perhaps the easiest option is to get a tablet with cellular-wireless access built right in. Many models are available with this, including the Apple 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPad mini 4, many Samsung models, and some Windows tablets. Just be aware, this typically adds £100 – £130 to the price of the tablet. iTablets offers a great range of both cellular and Wi-Fi only ranges in the above mentioned brands all at good prices so come check us out and get your next tablet today!