As the summer approaches many of you will be putting your mind towards your annual holiday, or if you’re lucky enough it might be your second or third holiday this year. No matter how many times you plan or are able to get away this year one of the biggest considerations should be which type of VPN is going to be most suitable for me while I’m away. Unfortunately there is no one correct answer to this question and it mainly boils down to not only where you are going but what you intend to actually use the VPN for while on holiday.
What should I look for in a VPN
So firstly your main consideration should be the location you intend to travel to or the locations. If you’re planning on visiting one country only then it is rather straightforward and for best possible speeds to secure your connection you should aim to choose a provider that has servers in the same country as you intend to visit.
While this isn’t always possible as not all suitable providers have a server in each and every country you should at the very least attempt to select a provider with a server close to the country you intend to visit. This is ideal for your every day web browsing and securing your connection, by selecting a provider with a server near by your location it will give you an increased speed over connecting to a server that is far away and will make your surfing experience so much more pleasurable.
We’ve all been in the position when abroad or travelling through our own country when we’ve logged in to either a hotel or cafe wifi only to be disappointed by the lack of speed to start with, so by adding extra distance to the VPN server you will be increasing the speed loss and making for a much more difficult browsing experience which will also be less enjoyable to use. The key to speed especially for your privacy and security reasons is to connect to the closest possible server. This will be critical to which VPN provider you end up choosing.
The second most important consideration is what you intend to do with that VPN while abroad? Plenty of people go away and continue to interact with the world back home which includes not missing out on their favourite TV shows. While not for everyone it makes a massive difference to which VPN provider will be most suitable for your needs.
What VPN provider should I choose
If you’re one of those who when away are definitely “away” and very rarely check in with your social media status, email or other necessities then it really isn’t a massive deal about which VPN provider you choose, as long as they are either known to be a good provider or sites such as our own have done a good review on them then if they meet the above location requirement they should be fine for your requirements. A bit of web browsing and updating your status doesn’t require an awful lot of “juice” so to speak so most half decent providers will be fine for your needs.
Three good providers for holiday who have servers around the world are as follows:
Those of you who like to keep in better contact with your usual home routine such as watching all your favourite TV shows when you get a spare minute or when relaxing in the evening are going to need to be a little more selective of which provider you intend to sign up to. Many online TV streaming services will only stream the content in the country it is intended for. For example BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and the other UK streaming TV sites will on serve content to those physically located in the UK, if you’re outside the UK it knows and will stop you from watching anything.
The same goes for Hulu from the US and most other major TV streaming service regardless of where in the world they are. So for this you will need to think more carefully. You need to sign up to a provider that has a server in the country you’re originally from, so if you’re from the UK but are currently on holiday in the US then you need a provider that offers a UK server, this will allow you to stream content from the likes of BBC iPlayer and the other UK services like ITV Player, 4OD & Demand 5.
There aren’t really any further considerations apart from perhaps price, a provider that has a cheap monthly cost might be more suitable as if you’re on holiday for a week or two then you’re likely to only want to use the service while away for a week or two and with a month service being pretty much the standard lowest service length from most providers then this will be the most cost effective in the long run.