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10 Places to Find WiFi (So You Don't Eat up Your Data Plan)

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The Baltics
French president Francois Hollande probably had great WiFi access during a 2013 EU summit in Lithuania. ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images
French president Francois Hollande probably had great WiFi access during a 2013 EU summit in Lithuania. ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images

Your data plan is maxed out, and if your provider hasn't already pulled the plug, its slowed your connection to prehistoric dial-up speeds or threatened to bill you extortionate penalties for exceeding your limit. Get yourself to the Baltics.

When the Cold War ended and the Soviet Union's hairline precipitously receded, the sudden glare of modernity woke up the Baltics. They shook themselves, took a look around and rather than retreating, collectively decided to gun their engines into the 21st century.

To get to the Baltics, take a left at Poland and head north by northwest. Your first stop will be Lithuania, which, by some measures, has been judged to have the fastest public WiFi in the world [source: Eadicicco].

Next stop, Latvia, where a telecommunications company called Lattlecom set up more than 2,000 free WiFi hotspots across the country back in 2013. A pair of 15-second ads split up an hour of usage before you carry on with your Twitter feed. This should come as no surprise because Latvians have famously jumped into the digital revolution with unmatched gusto. According to polls, one in every five Latvians would willingly give up dessert or alcohol for access to free WiFi [source: Bhatia].

Farther north, Estonians are also massive fans of connectivity, and they're not afraid to trumpet the ubiquity of free WiFi throughout the nation. No uncontaminated backcountry for them! Remote beaches and forests are online. In Estonia, internet access is considered a human right. After all, this is the home of Hotmail and Skype [source: Visitestonia.com].


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