Before I started travelling for long periods of time, I had no idea what a VPN was?! But now I use it both when booking flights at home and when I’m on the road. I’m going to tell you the 5 top reasons you need a VPN in 2018 and my favourite one, how it will help you get cheaper flights using a VPN!
Depending on where you want to go and when you want to go, flights can be expensive. I want to show you how by using some simple tricks, you can get a better deal. I’m going to explain how to avoid price steering, how to get a cheaper flight, and how to do it safely online.
I’m not talking about budget airlines or travel deals. I’m talking about using a trusted VPN to avoid paying higher costs on ANY airline.
WHAT IS A VPN?
A VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and a secure connection between your computer and any website or application. VPNs are used to protect private web traffic from snooping, interference, and censorship. So…you can change your IP location, encrypt your data, and access apps that are otherwise unavailable.
WHY I USE A VPN?
You can use it at home and abroad
So not only is it great for booking flights and hotels before your departure, you can also use it when you’re actually travelling. I use a great WiFi box to connect on the road and then use the VPN to get those cheaper onward flights.
Book cheap flights! Hide your IP address and location
Now this is the key element for getting those cheaper flights!
By using a VPN you’re ultimately tricking the website by using a virtual network address located in another country. Quite often this can have a dramatic effect on the prices that you see! Clever ay?
AND like I said, you can set yourself to UK and it will let you watch your TV programmes anywhere in the world.
To keep my data safe.
With Wi-Fi readily available in most destinations now, it’s obvious that you’ll be connecting to a lot of different networks while abroad. This will include places like airports, cafes, hotels and train stations. Anyone on the same network can potentially grab your encrypted data!
The VPN that I use, has a high strength 256-bit encryption to protect your data from prying eyes. Browse freely from Wi-Fi hotspots with the comfort that you can’t be tracked or monitored.
Watch my favorite TV channels while I’m abroad
On my recent trip to Thailand I was able to use my VPN to get around service restrictions. I was able to watch BBC, Netflix, Channel 4. If you’re backpacking and moving every day, you probably won’t be that bothered by watching TV (you can always watch it on catch up when you get home)…BUT for me, I was living in a bungalow in the same place for months and in situations like this, you do want your home comforts at times.
To access social media networks.
I’m sure like me, you like to use Facebook and Instagram to share all your favourite pics when you’re away? Well in some countries they will not let you access these sites…enter ExpressVPN! Sorted.
I WANT CHEAPER FLIGHTS NOW!
It’s so simple to download and install a VPN app onto your phone, laptop or tablet. All you have to do is connect to the internet, go back to the app and choose the server you would like to use…done!
I have used ExpressVPN for a while now and like I said earlier, most recently in Koh Phangan. It was perfect for that long trip and rainy days. It was completely reliable and there are no hidden fees.
CAN I GET IN TROUBLE FOR USING A VPN?
No, it’s not likely. I have use ExpressVPN all over the world and it has worked like a treat.
However, the fact that VPN’s work so well has led some counties to ban the usage of VPNs. Here’s a list for you to check out before you travel:
- United Arab Emirates
Now, I know China is there, however I recently read an article on The Blonde Abroad where she said she has used a VPN there. As restrictions are constantly changing, I would always recommend checking before you travel.
If you’re using it in the UK, you’re all set to go!