We stayed at The Ivy Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland in May, between the peak periods of Mother’s Day weekend and ...
A recent McCool Travel article showed places where you can unplug, when you really want to escape looking at screens and totally disconnect from work.
On the other side of the spectrum, a much more common travel complaint is craving a continual internet connection whenever and wherever desired. People want to check their email, post on social media, or have the sense of being able to communicate with family and friends. Whether they actually do (use the wifi) is often a secondary factor. Just having the capability to do so is extremely important to many travelers.
Me? When I travel abroad—outside the United States—I typically connect to the internet only via free wi-fi in my lodging. I was asked to try and review Roaming Man for an upcoming trip. Since I had two international trips, I gladly said Yes.
What is Roaming Man?
Roaming Man is a personal WiFi hotspot providing 4G/3G high speed internet access in 100 countries in all areas of the world. Wow.
The device also powers other devices, like cellphones, via a USB cable. Pretty cool! Once fully charged, the Roaming Man can operate for a consecutive period of 15 hours.
The unit is a little bigger than a smartphone, comes with a carrying case and USB charging cable.
How does Roaming Man work?
Customers rent a Roaming Man device for $9.99 per day. The website says it comes with unlimited data and the ability to wirelessly connect five devices. I did not test either upper limit but my wife and I did connect our smartphones and laptop computers (four devices).
Just before your trip, your unit arrives in the mail. After your trip, send it back in the same box with the convenient prepaid, pre addressed label. Easy peasy!
Roaming Man Performance
I had decent internet connection in places that had no public wifi. Like on a bus at top of Europe (Nord Kapp), on the Viking ship in the middle of the North Sea, and in remote British Columbia. I was able to host a Twitter chat from the Viking Sea library while their satellite wifi did not work. My unit provided no connection a couple of times but it did work over 90% of the time (estimate).
Roaming Man Information
The website currently shows a special for three free days with a 10 day rental.
Too bad I did not have Roaming Man for my Nepal and St. Croix trips earlier this year. I will consider this solution for future international trips because it IS nice to be able to access reliable wi-fi whenever and wherever I want.
I was provided complimentary use of this product but this content is carefully crafted with the McCool Travel audience in mind. Please note that I may receive a small commission if you rent a device through the links on this page. Your price is the same whether you use my link or go directly to the vendor but I really appreciate your support.
Have you tried an international SIM card or portable satellite wifi device like this? Let me know, so that we can crowd source more ways to Travel Happy!