Sometimes when travelling there’s nothing you want more than a night in. Spending full on days travelling can really take it out of you and all you want to do is just sit back and chill out.
However, one problem. Keeping yourself entertained. In a foreign land you’re very limited in what you can watch. In English, that’s certainly CNN or nothing.
A night in with the news isn’t necessarily something we’d call relaxing. Sure, you can find out what’s going on in the world, but it’s hardly Game of Thrones now is it?
What’s more, logging onto the hotel WiFi won’t help either, with geoblocks meaning you’re only given the local Netflix service.
It doesn’t need to be that way though and you can turn your hotel room into a little home cinema.
There are a number of ways to access your favourite content from back home and get the chilled out evening you deserve.
A Kodi Box is a common way, plugging it into your television and using the add-ons to stream shows online. This requires the need to pack a box into your backpack though, not ideal if you’re already lacking a bit of space.
Another option if you’re travelling with a phone, tablet or laptop is a VPN. The main problem when trying to access media from back home is geoblocking, and a VPN will work around that.
What it will do is connect you privately to a public network, bypassing any blocks put on by the network or by the likes of Netflix or other on demand services.
This means you can stream US TV shows abroad and not miss anything while away from home.
Not only that but you’ll be able to connect to servers all over the world, meaning you can connect to TV channels and Netflix all over the world. Most of the best VPNs offer around 70 locations to connect via, all at relatively low cost.
They will generally set you back around $70 for a year’s subscription, perfect if you do a lot of travelling, while you can also pay monthly for as little as a couple of dollars in some cases.
If you’re the type of person who needs a bit of downtime while away from home, picking up a VPN is certainly worthwhile. Nights in hotels abroad can get boring, but they really don’t have to be.