When travelling, of course you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, everything about the place you’re visiting, and you want to truly explore the region you’re in. This is normal, and should certainly be done, but there are certain home comforts that we all miss from time to time.
One of the biggest challenges when travelling is budgeting, and if you’re heading off for a longer trip, e.g. backpacking or simply visiting somewhere for longer than a week or two’s vacation, it’s normal to stay in on the odd night, rather than heading out every night and partying it up. If you do this, you’re going to be rather poor quite quickly, and that doesn’t lend itself to prolonged travel!
On the other hand, when you stay in, you can sometimes get bored, especially if you are in a country where you don’t speak the language, and there aren’t many English (or otherwise) speaking programmes on your hotel or apartment TV. Yes, you probably have an Internet connection and a tablet, laptop, or smartphone, but what if you want to enjoy a little Netflix and chill, on your own of course?
Most people use a VPN or proxy service when overseas and travelling around, because it does a lot to help you keep your home comforts in check, e.g. your local news, TV channels you like to watch, specific celebrity gossip etc, and it also helps protect you against any social media outages that might occur wherever you are. On the flipside however, if you’re attempting to watch your favourite TV series using that VPN and you venture to Netflix and try and sign in, you’re likely to see the following message:
Frustrating, to say the least. This could of course ruin your planned night in and leave you either bored, or send you out to the nearest bar for something to do.
Thankfully you can get around this by a few handy tricks, which can be accessed by clicking the above link. This will mean you can chill out in your hotel, hostel, or apartment, and enjoy all your home comforts, without having to go out and spend a fortune every night.
Budgeting is certainly the way to get to see the world, and whilst you don’t want to be staying in every night, because you’re not seeing anything but the inside of your accommodation that way, if you want to travel further, you need to spend wisely.