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3 reasons why you should use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when travelling 

Staying safe overseas is one of the biggest challenges travellers face, but the threats aren’t all about money changing scams and train station muggings. Digital crime is unfortunately on the increase and as most travellers want to stay connected while abroad, taking steps to prevent this is essential. Enter the Virtual Private Network – AKA a VPN. VPN is incredibly easy to set up and it’s a method usually used by large corporations to protect sensitive data, but handily the technology can also be used on a smaller, more personal scale to provide security and privacy when using the internet while globetrotting too! Here are our top three reasons why you should use a VPN when travelling…

It increases privacy

3 reasons why you should use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when travelling  Global Grasshopper

Of course, we’re assuming that all our readers are good citizens, but even if you’re not using the internet for shady reasons, internet privacy is always the preferred option! In the early days of using the internet, user privacy was usually a given, but sadly things are very different today – mainly because the business model of the internet now centres on data collection. Here is where a VPN can come in handy as one of its main functions is to basically hide your web activity, cloaking your browsing (and other digital affairs) in an encrypted layer, making your communications much more difficult to read if intercepted.

You can evade hackers

3 reasons why you should use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when travelling  Global Grasshopper

With digital threats ranging from Wi-Fi spoofing to Firesheep attacks, using public networks really is like swimming with sharks. If you’re accessing the internet remotely you could be putting your data and – if you’re travel bloggers like us – your  job at risk too. If you’re planning to use Wi-Fi at a hotspot when abroad, you can’t really be sure of its security credentials, and who else may be using it for unsavoury means. A VPN will ‘mask’ your internet traffic from nasty hackers or malicious attacks, making your digital activities a great deal safer – you certainly shouldn’t be using public Wi-Fi in places such as an airport or coffee shop without one!

You can bypass online restrictions

3 reasons why you should use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when travelling  Global Grasshopper

Depending on where you’re travelling to, you could find yourself in a country where some websites are censored and blocked. A VPN will enable to get around this by allowing you to tunnel your traffic through an encrypted connection to a server in a different country and come out on the other side. As well as tackling the issue of censored and restricted websites, a VPN enables you to visit your favourite websites and services wherever you are in the world! They’re the perfect solution if you’re desperate to watch your favourite TV shows while abroad as they air back home (instead of having to wait for translations or re-broadcasts).

About HideMyAss

A VPN is incredibly easy to set up on your laptop or smartphone, affordable (HideMyAss! offers a package for a very reasonable £4.99 per month) and they have more servers in more countries than any other VPN provider. For more information about the service head to the HideMyAss! website – www.hidemyass.com or read this detailed review.

This is post bought to you in partnership with HMA 


Ever since he was knee-high to a grasshopper Al has always been a sucker for an adventure. As a kid he was lucky enough to be taken along on exotic far flung family jaunts and since then he's developed a taste for new cultures. From the sizzling street markets of Bangkok to the alligator infested waters of the Florida Everglades, he loves to be fully immersed in his surroundings, soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of every new destination he visits. Travelling and writing aside, he has spent many years working in the fine wine trade and certainly knows his clarets from his chiantis. He also has a special fondness for craft beer and all things artisan as well as his favourite destinations; Jamaica, Austria, Netherlands, Thailand and Mauritius.


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