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Travel Tip: Finding Free Wi-Fi

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If there’s one thing most of us insist upon when we travel, it’s a free Internet connection. Sure, I get the concept of unplugging, but I like to have options. So how can you find a good connection without paying a bundle? The good news is, more and more airports are offering free wireless Internet.

AWG has partnered up with JiWire to offer free wireless in major airports like San Francisco, Minneapolis and Baltimore. The network is supported by ads based on your location.

Intercontinental announced that will offer free Wi-Fi to its loyalty members next year. That’s brandwide, including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites.

Marriott has also announced that it’s offering free Wi-Fi in all of its lobbies. We’re talking as many as 500 hotels around the world—and the cool thing is, anyone can use it.

Still can’t find a connection on the road? Talk to your cable provider about whether you can connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot while you’re on the road. Or check in with your cell provider about a 3G or 4G device that turns your cell phone into a mobile hotspot. Just watch out for nearby laptop users taking advantage of your bandwidth!

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