One of my personal struggles I encounter as a blogger are the stresses of always having to be “on it.” I’m the type of person who rarely purchases SIM cards on the road and often forgets to look at my Facebook messenger. Has this always been the case? Not at all. I used to live on Facebook and Instagram; as time has progressed, though, I’ve found I am able to enjoy the moment more without these sorts of distractions.
While I do generally stay offline during my travels, I looked into portable wifi rental in Europe to make sure everything ran smoothly. I partnered with the amazing Hip Pocket Wifi, who sent me the cutest little internet pod the world has ever seen.
Having this little gizmo at the ready was incredibly beneficial! It traveled with me to five different countries, a dozen cities and worked flawlessly in each location uninterrupted. The Hip Pocket Wifi device is not only compact, but the connection was fast and reliable.
Why do I recommend Hip Pocket Wifi for portable wifi rental in Europe?
I was super impressed with how easy everything worked out; Hip Pocket Wifi shipped everything to our hostel in Rome and we were able to connect it right away. One of its notable functions is the fact that four different devices can be connected at a time. This is a perfect option for those traveling in a group or couples who will need to connect laptops or iPads!
I was also a huge fan of the fact I received three backup SIM cards should anything regarding my portable wifi rental in Europe have gone wrong on the road. Thanks, guys!
Just how convenient was the device for portable wifi rental in Europe?
There were quite a few situations when it was a lifesaver. The impressive little gizmo was my noble companion for over a month and a half and I’d like to highlight some of its stand-out moments.
Italy: The time we needed wifi to contact a cab driver via Skype
The main reason we made a pitstop in Italy was to attend the wedding of two of James’ close friends from university. We met up with a few fellow attendees at the Naples airport and hopped in a cab to Ravello, a seaside town along the Amalfi Coast. Everyone in the car was buzzing; James was catching up with his friend in the back seat. The closer we got to town, the windier the streets became and everyone started feeling a bit faint.
Once we arrived in town, we exited the vehicles a bit dizzier than an hour prior and paid the driver. It wasn’t until a few minutes later that James’ friend realized he’d left behind his phone in the back seat. We were able to call the driver via Skype thanks to Hip Pocket Wifi, but alas he was too far along his journey back to Naples.
For those of you wondering, he got his phone back eventually.
France: The time I needed wifi all day for a Snapchat takeover
The absolute most convenient time Hip Pocket Wifi saved the day was in Paris. I’d agreed to do a Snapchat takeover with France’s Hip Hop Hostels group, and there’s absolutely no way I would have been able to do so without this wondrous little bundle of technological joy.
Ireland: The time I needed to email our driver and let him know the customs line was long
When I discovered we would be celebrating my mom’s birthday when she came to visit the U.K., I knew I wanted to do something special. I discussed options with my stepdad and booked a great deal on Ryanair to Dublin. Due to the fact our accommodation, The Powerscourt Estate, was located outside of the city center, I arranged a private car to pick us up at the airport. All was going to plan until we arrived at the airport.
The line for customs was quite long and only two stalls were functioning. Due to this, we were an hour later than our agreed pick-up time. I was able to drop the driver a line and let him know we were running late, all thanks to Hip Pocket Wifi. Thanks, compadre!
England: The time I needed to Google bra sizes
I was a little overwhelmed when I found myself in Marks and Spencer trying to decipher the bra language of this part of the world. Numbers for European sizes (i.e. 70 and 85) were throwing me off greatly, and I needed to see a chart to better understand what was going on to ensure I didn’t waste any unnecessary time in the fitting room. Luckily for me, my internet accomplice handled the task with ease. In case you were wondering, the U.K. and USA have similar sizing. The more you know!
Scotland: The time we wanted to FaceTime James’ dad in a local pub
One of the evenings we spent in Glasgow was a mini-reunion for James and his family. Since his dad lives in New Zealand, James arranged a FaceTime chat so a few of his aunts, uncles and cousins could say hello. The wifi at the pub wasn’t too strong at the time, so having the Hip Pocket Wifi device was instrumental for the chat. Seriously, this little thing rocks!
As you can see, this little device was so handy and I would 10/10 recommend Hip Pocket Wifi service to anyone seeking reliable, portable wifi rental in Europe. While there were times I certainly felt as though I was *too connected,* I am feeling a bit sad. I recently sent my little internet sidekick back to its home in France, and I’ll miss having it around!
That’s right, the Hip Pocket Wifi company sent the device with a pre-stamped envelope to ship out of the U.K., so it cost me nothing to send it back. As I’m off on a plane to Vietnam, I want to sincerely thank Hip Pocket Wifi for keeping James and I connected throughout the past month and a half in Europe. Your team is beyond awesome!
Do you prefer to stay connected when you’re traveling or would you rather stay offline?
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Hip Pocket Wifi. Regardless, all opinions are my own; the service was absolutely perfect and I wouldn’t have written it otherwise.