The Weirdest Wi-Fi Hotspots in the World
Glued to your smartphone when you travel? Can’t bear to go on holiday without checking in on Facebook first, Instagramming a selfie or alerting your Twitter followers to the fact you’re travelling? Even if you’re going somewhere really obscure, that doesn’t mean you can’t tap into the network. In fact, there are places that bring a whole new meaning to the term ‘remote access’ – check out our round-up of the weirdest Wi-Fi hotspots in the world to find out more:
Mount Fuji, Japan
Hikers who conquer the 3,776-metre Japanese icon can now extend their bragging rights to social media too. Wi-Fi hotspots are set up in eight locations around the volcano, including three cottages around the summit. Be sure to climb the ice-capped peak quick though – Wi-Fi is only available for 72 hours from when you first log on.
The North Pole
In 2005 a pair of Intel employees set up a Wi-Fi hotspot at the Barneo Ice Camp – less than 50 miles from the North Pole – in what is thought to be the first wireless connection in the Arctic region. What more reason do you need to start planning that long-overdue Polar expedition?
Sarahan, Himachal, India
The tiny mountain village of Sarahan is nestled deep in the Kinnaur Valley, flanked by the mighty Himalayas and home to an exotic temple complex that is over 800 years old. But despite its remote location (and lack of electricity altogether until 2005), you can still get online here with the help of a 20-metre Wi-Fi tower. Mountain selfie? No problem.
Trust the biggest mountain on the planet to take it one step further: Wi-Fi alone is soooo yesterday, you can now get 3G (mobile data) AND Wi-Fi atop Everest.
Easter Island, Chile
This far-flung South American outpost feels like one of the remotest places in the world. But despite being 8,348 miles from the UK, it’s not as secluded as it seems. While you’re admiring confounding moai statues that date back to 1200 AD, you can be Googling the history of these monoliths from almost any hotel on the island.
Ho Chi Minh City terminus, Vietnam
Departing for the Mekong Delta by bus? Make sure you start your journey at Mien Tay in Binh Tan District – Vietnam’s first Wi-Fi enabled bus station. There's even a fleet of VIP-style buses which are equipped with toilets and, most importantly, Wi-Fi while you're on the move.
Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles, USA
Residents and tourists alike can pull their best Hollywood beachfront poses and Tweet, Facebook or Instagram them from the sand, thanks to a free Wi-Fi service in Pier Avenue, running between the Pacific Coast Highway and Hermosa Avenue. If you’re not feeling social, you can run, rollerblade, bike or jog along the coast instead, all the while using the Wi-Fi to stream your favourite Spotify playlists.
Westhaven Marina, Auckland, New Zealand
Do you check in at the airport, at restaurants, at the cinema? How would you like to update your Facebook status to ‘on a boat’? New Zealand is calling for tourists to visit Westhaven Marina – the largest marina Wi-Fi zone in the southern hemisphere. Aye aye, captain!