What Is A VPN?
A virtual private network (VPN) is a way for you to mask your internet protocol (IP) address while you surf the internet.
It protects your personal computer, all devices, including mobile phones and tablets.
A VPN creates a tunnel where your information travels from your device to its desired location.
The information that travels through the tunnel is encrypted, which means no one can see any of the information that is in the tunnel.
You should always consider a secure VPN for travel because it provides protection no matter your location and even while you travel.
Why Should I Use A VPN When I Travel?
A secure VPN for travel should be on your packing list if you do not already have one.
When you travel outside of the country, you cannot be sure what type of network you may be able to access.
You cannot be sure of the kind of security those networks may have.
You may have to bounce from network to network, which leaves your information susceptible to hacking.
The way a VPN works for you while you travel is it encrypts your location so no one can tell where you are located.
The VPN reroutes your traffic to another server on the internet, which is typically in a different country.
Some countries ban the people in their country from accessing various websites.
Netflix restricts access to its content based on your location, and a VPN can mask your location so you can gain access to the content.
With a VPN, you do not have to worry about the various restrictions and laws put in place by other countries.
If you are planning to travel with a group of friends, if you have the right VPN, you can share it with your friends so they can be protected while traveling.
When you are deciding about a VPN, be sure to get one that covers the area in which you plan to visit.
You should be aware that certain countries ban the use of VPNs. Currently, those countries are North Korea, China, Russia, and Iraq.
Before you travel, you should verify if the country to which you are going has not banned the use of VPNs.
4 Travel Hacks And Tips For Netflix Lover
Now that you know a little bit about how a VPN can help you while you travel, there are some other hacks that you should know about Netflix while you travel.
1 – Download movies and shows while you are connected to a secure internet connection.
You can watch them from your queue, and you do not have to worry about your Wi-Fi acting up and preventing you from streaming.
2 – Netflix expanded to other countries a few years ago. However, the service is not the same for everyone based on their location.
Also, the cost of the services varies based on where you live, even when the services are not the same.
The best way to avoid this restriction is to use a VPN when you travel so you can stream Netflix the way you are used to streaming it.
3 – In some countries, Netflix does something called geo-blocking.
This means that even though you may live in the US and pay for a US subscription, Netflix will block your access based on the country where you are physically located at any given time.
A VPN can allow you to sign into a server in the US so you can stream Netflix like you would from the US.
4 – A VPN allows you to avoid Internet filtering. This happens in countries such as China, Portugal, Vietnam, and Spain.
The government of these countries block your ability to access sites because they are concerned about the potential for revolt by the people in their country.
How Do I Select A VPN?
There are many different VPNs from which you can choose, so it is essential to understand the differences between them.
You should find the one that fits your needs. You need to verify the strength of the service that the VPN provides.
Some VPNs allow you to access thousands of servers, while others restrict you to hundreds.
What is most important is where the servers are located instead of how many servers you can access.
You should verify how many connections you can have at the same time so you can share your VPN with your friends.
You want to make sure whichever VPN you select that it is compatible with whatever platform you use.
If you are using an Android device, you want to make sure your VPN supports it.
The same is true if you use Apple products, you want to make sure that your VPN can support it.
If you have something specific like a fire stick that you want to use, you should make sure that the VPN you select supports it.
These VPNs are harder to find. You must read the details of whatever VPN you choose to make sure it has the appropriate coverage you need and in the area in which you want to travel.
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Monday 11th of November 2019
True, I have been using PUREVPN for the past 5 years for traveling purposes to access open public WiFi and to find cheap tickets, I highly recommend this VPN for traveling as well as for finding cheap flights..
Wednesday 6th of November 2019
Thanks for letting me know that I can also use Surfshark for browsing netflix outside US. I thought very few VPNs have been successful in spoofing Netflix. The current one that I have been using has been a bit successful and they even advertised themselves as pro travellers, PureVPN. I ended up purchasing their account. Still thanks for letting me know about Surfshark I will research more about them.
Monday 21st of October 2019
A s a person who travels a lot, and I tend to get bored while I'm on the go or in hanging out in the hotels in the evenings. I've been using Netflix, and I enjoy it a lot, so this was an excellent article for me with tips that help me enjoy it even more. For example, what I didn't know is that you can download content while you're connected to Wifi and then watch it later on, but I found this option online on mobile app and not on PC (still it's a great way to pass the time on the flights). Moreover, I didn't know that you can access more content while using a VPN, and since I use Surfshark to protect my data while using public Wifi, I tried to unlock more content with it, and now I have so many choices of what I can watch. In love with Netflix, even more, than I was before!