Internet Cafes provide low cost access when you’re near populations
For casual use when security is not an issue, Internet Cafes provide a cost-effective option and more.
What are the pros and cons?
In cities and towns these will be fully equipped modern telecentres. In remote areas an Internet cafe will often be operated by a mixed business, perhaps the general store/post office. Public libraries, backpacker accommodation and increasingly caravan parks will almost always have a few computers hooked up to the Internet.
The main advantage of Internet cafes is you don’t have to own your own laptop or other Internet- enabled device. Prices for access vary – in some places it’s cheap, at others it’s expensive. These centers are nearly always a good place to meet locals and other travelers and find out what’s worth seeing and doing in the area.
On the downside; Internet cafes are only available in populated areas and your access is restricted to retail trading hours. Also, because you’ll be using a shared computer, there is a real security risk.
Here’s a tip – Google Search for ‘Internet Cafes Australia’ to find your closest web connection.
To learn more, check out these articles that review the most popular options to get online when travelling.
- Internet on the Road – Part 1: Search for important information and stay in–touch with family, friends or work
- Internet on the Road – Part 2: Wireless Anywhere 3G Internet (Dongle or Router)
- Internet on the Road – Part 3: WiFi Hotspots are good value when you’re in town
- Internet on the Road – Part 4: Apple iPad is great for travellers
- Internet on the Road – Part 5: Smartphones are cleverer than ever
- Internet on the Road – Part 7: Satellite access is for the serious outback traveller