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4 Scary Facts About Hotel Wi-Fi

What’s the first thing you do after checking into a hotel and getting to your room? If you’re anything like me, then you probably connect to the WiFi ASAP. But wait a minute! How do you know that connection is safe?

WiFi networks that are secured by a password or that require your room number to log in are certainly more secure than open networks, but that does not mean they’re unbreachable. Before you log in next time, remember these scary facts about hotel WiFi.

1. Hotels are a prime target for hackers

Hackers target hotel WiFi because of all the people staying in hotels. Regular people like you. Hackers know that they can get to your private information, including passwords and payment details. You might think you’d be safer in more expensive and high-end hotels compared to a one-star hostel, but these can be even bigger targets because hackers know that the guests staying there will be wealthier and sometimes “important”.

 

2. Hotel WiFi is a gateway to all your booking details

If cybercriminals do manage to hack into a hotel’s WiFi, then they potentially have access to all the guests booking details. And not just the guests currently staying at the hotel. Hotels may store years’ worth of data on their systems. So, if you logged into that WiFi network a few years ago, you could still be at risk. Hackers may also be able to monitor your online activity while you’re connected to the network, so they can see anything you do and any private information you share online.

3. Securing guest wifi isn’t always a priority

Maybe you’re willing to face the above risks because you trust that the WiFi in hotels is secure. But think again. Online security has come a long way in recent years, but hotel WiFi often runs on outdated software, which may not have the same safeguards as updated software.

The people in charge of the IT infrastructure of a hotel may not be specialists, especially since employees are often promoted from within in the hospitality sector. Plus, it is often up to the owners of the hotel to decide when to focus on improving security, and these people usually prefer to invest in improvements that the guests can see.

 

4. They can easily be spoofed by hackers

Even if a hotel’s WiFi network is completely secure, what you’re logging into might not be the official hotel network. Hackers can spoof WiFi networks, creating a separate network and giving it a similar name to the hotel’s WiFi. To the average smartphone user, this spoof network will look like the right one. But once they log in, the hackers have easy access to all that person’s data and activity. Hackers can achieve this with a device as innocent-sounding as the Pineapple.

Still happy to hand over all your details to the hotel WiFi? Luckily, there are ways you can secure yourself. If the hotel WiFi is your only option, then you can use a VPN to protect yourself online.

Another option is to use your own private WiFi network wherever you go, so you don’t have to rely on sketchy networks ever again. Teppy, the pocket WiFi from Tep Wireless can help you achieve this.

5 Reasons to Visit Rome This Summer

Do we really need to give you a reason to visit Rome, other than…it’s Rome! This incredible, bustling, historic yet modern city is always a popular destination for tourists and nomads alike. But if you still need convincing to book a trip to the Italian capital this summer, then read on for 5 big ones.

  1. Soak up the sun

Rome is always a great travel destination, but this is never truer than in summer when you can really enjoy the outdoors in the sun. If you love warm weather and want to work on your tan, then this is the best time to visit. Just be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and keep a bottle of water with you to beat the heat.

  1. Long summer days

Summer in Rome also means long days with plenty of sunlight hours, so you can really make the most of your time there. It’s still warm enough to comfortably sit out in the evening and later into the night, making it a great time of year to visit if you want to enjoy Rome’s exciting nightlife. Plus, your plans are unlikely to be disrupted by rain, so you won’t have to miss out on anything.

  1. Enjoy the food

Okay, this one goes for any time of the year – the amazing cuisine is always a good reason to visit Rome. Take a break from your summer body and gorge on authentic pizza, pasta, and gelato, which will be a nice refreshing treat on those hot summer days.

Gelato in Rome

  1. Enjoy the many fountains

I’m talking about two different kinds of fountains here, both of which are great additions to your summer trip to Rome. Rome has lots of amazing fountains displaying impressive sculptures – the city is pretty famous for it! From the Trevi Fountain to Bernini’s Four Rivers, and so much more. Photos of these fountains are so much better when there’s blue sky in the background.

Then there are the fountains that will keep you nice and hydrated in the summer heat. The nasoni water fountains are found all over the city, giving you access to clean drinking water pretty much wherever you are. If you have an iPhone, then you can download the free I Nasoni di Roma app, which will locate the closest fountains to you.

  1. Summer events in Rome

Summer is also the best times to attend the different events and festivals that Rome has to offer. These can give you some really unique and interesting experiences. And festivals are always more fun when the sun is shining. Just to name a few events taking place in Rome this summer:

  • In the Wood, Summer Festival – Tuesday 23rd July to Wednesday 24th July
  • Rome Summer Fest 2019 – Sunday 28th July
  • Festival di Caracalla – Late July to early August
  • Festa della Madonna della Neve – Monday 5th August
  • Ferragosto – Thursday 15th August

Roman Forum

If Rome is on your bucket list, then this summer is the perfect time to book that trip. Make sure you always have access to the latest info on local events, weather forecast, and water fountain locations by keeping Teppy with you while you travel. Find out more about how this pocket WiFi can make your trip to Rome even better.

How to Travel Without Speaking the Local Language

Getting to know a new country and a new culture is always exciting. But one thing that can be challenging is the language barrier.

Sure, a lot of people around the world now have a basic grasp of the English language, so you can get by speaking English in most places. But it’s common courtesy to at least try to speak the local language. You probably wouldn’t appreciate it if tourists visited your country and expected you to understand them speaking Russian or Japanese to you. And, no, speaking loudly and slowly doesn’t really help.

Plus, if you’re staying in smaller towns and more remote areas, the locals are less likely to understand English compared to the big cities. But you can’t become fluent in the language of every country you visit. So, how do you get by when travelling in countries where you don’t speak the language?

Brush up on the basics

Before you visit a new country, you should learn some basic words and phrases you’ll need to get by. Hello, goodbye, please, thank you, and excuse me are the essentials, and usually easy to learn.

One of the most important phrases I use when travelling is “do you speak English?”. By learning this, you can always find someone to communicate with when you need assistance, but you’re still making the effort by engaging conversation in the native language.

Conversely, “I don’t understand” and “I’m sorry, I don’t speak [insert local language]” are equally important. This way, you can politely excuse yourself if someone asks you for directions, for example.

“Where is the…?” is another useful phrase to learn when you’re navigating a new city. You can then learn additional words like train station, bathroom, beach, and hospital so that you can easily ask for directions.

Learning more of the language

If you’ve got more time before your trip, then you can try to go beyond the basics. Duolingo is one of the most popular language learning apps. Set a goal to practice the language every day and you might be surprised by how much you pick up. Here are some other apps to help you learn a language for travel:

All of these apps are available for both Android and iOS.

Every language in your pocket

For all the things you can’t learn in time for your trip, it helps to have a translation app handy on your smartphone, like Google Translate. You can translate from English to your chosen language, and back again, so you’ll never be lost for words.

As well as typing in what you want to translate, you can also use the Conversation feature to record speech and automatically translate it. You could use this to have a conversation with someone, although there’ll be some awkward pauses while you wait for the translation.

Another useful feature is the ability to take photos and translate the text contained in them. This is especially useful for reading menus in restaurants and finding out the ingredients of products in supermarkets.

When you need to translate something or practice a language on the go, it always helps to know you have a reliable internet connection. Tep Wireless ensures that you always have WiFi access in your pocket, so you can fight the language barrier by using Duolingo on the train or firing up Google Translate in the street.

Click here to learn more about Teppy, your personal pocket WiFi hotspot that’s perfect for travelling.

What to Do if Your Flight is Delayed

You can spend weeks planning a trip, but unforeseen circumstances like a flight delay can scupper these plans in an instant. We hope a lengthy delay won’t happen to us, but it’s always good to be prepared in case it does. Whether you’re reading this because you’re currently facing a delay or you want to know what to do just in case, then read on for tips on the next steps to take.

Can you get compensation?

Whether or not you get compensated will depend on the length of the delay and the airline you’re flying with. Flights to and from EU countries offer compensation or sometimes a full refund if arrival at your destination is delayed by 3 hours or more. In the US, airlines are not required to compensate delayed passengers in the same way, but they may offer things like free meals or hotel rooms for longer delays.

Wherever you’re flying from, you will need to check the airline’s policy or talk to a member of staff to find out what kind of compensation, if any, they can offer you. Apps like AirHelp allow you to check whether or not you can receive compensation.

Does your travel insurance cover the delay?

This is one of the situations where travel insurance is extremely important. It’s always a good idea to include coverage of flight cancellations and delays in your policy. If you’re facing long delays, check your policy to see what is covered and what you could be entitled to. Most of the time, you will be compensated by your insurance company if your flight is delayed for 4 hours or more.

What about connecting flights?

If your delayed flight causes you to miss a connecting flight, and if your journey is booked on a single ticket rather than as two separate bookings, then the airline will help you book onto the next available flight to your end destination. To what extent they compensate you for this will depend on the airline, so always be sure to ask the ground staff what you are entitled to.

Try to enjoy the delay

A flight delay is frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Try to make the most of the time you have to kill while waiting for your flight. If you’re stuck in the airport for a few hours, then why not watch a film or binge your favourite series on your tablet or smartphone. Airport WiFi can be spotty, so it helps to have a product like Teppy to give you a private secure WiFi connection.

If your flight delay is much longer, then you might be able to get out of the airport and see the city. This will depend on the country and airport you’re in and how strict they are about this kind of thing. Always check online or with airport staff before leaving the airport if you want to return later.

If you can leave, you could go out for a meal or see the local sights. Just make sure you have enough time to get back for your flight, taking security checks in consideration. Keep checking in for updates on your departure time online or through an app like FlightAware.

In case your flight gets delayed, it always helps to have Teppy on hand so that you can access fast and reliable WiFi while you wait. This will allow you to download and use the apps you need, check the airline’s website, and keep yourself entertained. Get pocket WiFi with Tep Wireless today!

Digital Nomad Interviews: Kenneth Surat

This June, we sit down with Kenneth Surat, a travel blogger from the Philippines. Kenneth has been to a lot of places but believes he still has a lot of pavements to walk on, food to sink his mouth into, mountains to conquer, beaches to surf, landmarks to take a selfie with and people to meet. At this point, Kenneth admits there is no turning back as he plans to keep on going until his feet are sore and his body can’t take it anymore.

Kenneth is a full-time digital nomad and today, he will be sharing their life while working on the road! If you have questions for him, feel free to leave a comment below!

What was your life like before being a digital nomad?

 

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Before I left the corporate work I was working as an interior decorator and events production designer in Dubai. I worked with a lot of luxury brands in designing spaces for their events.

When did you start being a Digital Nomad?

 

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I left Dubai last 2016 and started backpacking. First stop was Australia, then a big Europe trip. After that, I stayed in the Philippines to have a home based and build a craft shop and freelance as a stylist consultant. The first idea before I left the corporate was to continue traveling and be a fulltime digital nomad. I got inspired from backpackers I met during my trips and also from bloggers I read in several publications ( such as matador network, thought catalog). I always wonder what it’s like to be always on the road, discovering cultures, places and food.

Describe your typical ‘work day’ as a Digital Nomad.

 

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As someone who actually found a home base, I really don’t consider myself now as a digital nomad, rather than an entrepreneur and a freelancer who still loves to travel. When I am traveling though, it always feels like I am back living a nomadic life. As I travel most of the time on a budget, jumping from one hostel to another, finding a café to chill and open my laptop and work. On normal days, it will be find a café to do some work, explore the neighborhood then work again in the afternoon before night capping with a bowl of hot noodle soup in a nearby street market.

Tell us the top 5 things you can’t live without as a digital nomad.

 

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Being a digitial nomad aside from all the necessary gadgets such as laptop, a good capacity external hard drive, camera, phone, an electrical extension chord with a lot of USB ports and of course a wireless device like TEP Wireless.

What’s your favorite part of being a digital nomad?

 

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Honestly, doing work is my least favorite part of it haha. Always the best part is meeting people. The exploring part for me is the bonus of being free from the 9-5 cubicle life.

What’s the hardest part of being a digital nomad?

 

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During my short stint of being a legit digital nomad, I found out that the hardest part really is not having a home based. Carrying your life in a backpack can sometimes makes you feel long for a place that you can call your own—your home. Especially that my specialty really is to be physically in one place to work (as an interior stylist). This is the main reason why I eventually settled back in the Philippines and create a sort of an HQ here.

Where are you currently based and what are your future travel plans?

I am currently based in Manila, Philippines. The future plan is to build a design firm and also focus on a design related blog. But for this year, I will be back living a semi-digital life as I will be traveling to South America for a few months.

What are your tips for Digital Nomads if ever they are in a city without reliable WiFi?

Get a good wireless device to always be online and connected. Being a digital nomad, a chunk of our time revolves around connectivity and make our clients confident that they can reach us even if we are out there chasing a great adventure.

How does Tep Wireless help you as a Digital Nomad?

 

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I love Tep Wireless. The best part is that I can connect several devices like my phone and laptop at the same time. I remember that when I was in Chaing Rai, I got an operation (medical), and being connected 24/7 helped me to coordinate with my travel insurance provided and also update my family and friends.

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5 Essential Travel Apps to Stay Organised on the Road

Knowing what to pack when travelling is important, but have you also thought about what you need to pack your phone with to prepare for your trip? Travel apps can be key tools to help you stay organised and make the most of your travels, wherever you are. To help you with your next trip, here are 5 travel apps that we recommend.

 

TripIt

If you like to keep your itineraries and schedules well-organised as you travel, then TripIt is the ideal companion. Whatever you’ve booked, from flights, accommodation, event tickets, rental car, map routes, and more, TripIt can store it all for you. Once you receive a confirmation email for a booking, you can just forward it to TripIt and it will put everything in one place for you. This makes it so easy to keep track of where you need to be and when. It will also store all your important documents relating to your bookings.

Download TripIt on iOS or Android.

 

Roadtrippers

If you’re heading on a road trip, then this app is for you. You can use Roadtrippers to plan your route, simply by entering your start and end points, and any destinations you’d like to see on the way. If you’re looking for ideas, then the app can help you with that, too. It can give suggestions of nearby sights and attractions based on your route. It can even help you find accommodation and restaurants along the way.

Download Roadtrippers on iOS or Android.

PackPoint

When you’re going on a long trip, it can be hard to know what to pack, especially if you’ll be travelling through changing seasons and destinations. PackPoint is here to help with this. Based on your destinations, the weather forecast, the length of your trip, and the activities you have planned along the way, PackPoint will tell you what you need to pack.

Download PackPoint on iOS or Android.

 

Couchsurfing

If you’re looking for cheap (or free) accommodation on your trip, then Couchsurfing is perfect. You can use this app to pair up with like-minded people offering their couches for travellers and backpackers to crash on for a night or two (or more). This is totally free, and you can check verifications within the app to make sure the situation is safe. Couchsurfing also has information about events and helps you meet up with fellow travellers at your destination.

Download Couchsurfing on iOS or Android.

 

Citymapper

When it comes to getting around a city or travelling from one destination to the next, Citymapper is really useful. It provides you with information and directions about using public transport in the city to get to where you need to be. It covers all transport types – trains, buses, ferries, taxis, Uber, and more. Citymapper is currently available for more than 40 cities, and you can vote for which cities they add next.

Download Citymapper on iOS or Android.

With these 5 organisational apps in your pocket, your next trip is bound to go smoothly, letting you enjoy it rather than stressing out. Make sure you can always access these apps on your travels with pocket WiFi from TEP Wireless.

5 Smartphone Photography Accessories to Improve Your Travel Photos

You see so many amazing sights when you’re travelling that you want to capture it all. But it’s pretty inconvenient to travel around with a bulky camera in your backpack. Plus, walking around a new city with a camera strapped around your neck screams “tourist”. Luckily, smartphone cameras have come a really long way in the last few years.

With a few tweaks of the settings and the addition of the right smartphone photography accessories, you can be taking professional-looking photos right from your phone. Here are some accessories for you to check out…

 

Attachment lenses

One area smartphone cameras still lack in compared to DSLRs is the ability to change the shape, focus, or zoom of the lens, since smartphone lenses are typically fixed. Now, you can attach a range of lenses to your smartphone to enhance the quality of your photos. You’ll find macro lenses, wide-angle lenses, telephotos lenses, and more. Moment and Pixter are good brands to find a smartphone lens that suits you.

 

Waterproof cases

If your travels always involve a dip in the ocean, then a waterproof case or pouch for your smartphone is a must-have. Whether you’re going for a swim or taking part in water sports like surfing, a waterproof case allows you to capture the best moments in and under the water. The JOTO waterproof pouch keeps your phone dry while still allowing you to use its touchscreen and camera functions.

 

Smartphone stands

A stand or tripod for your smartphone helps you with camera stability and taking good quality selfies. Joby’s Gorillapod stands are one of the best examples of this for your smartphone. They mount your phone securely and allow great flexibility for camera angles, allowing you to take stable photos or set your timer for great selfies so you don’t have to ask strangers to do it for you.

 

LED light attachment

Night time photos are another big limitation for most smartphone cameras. The flash and lighting settings available often don’t cut it, especially for distant subjects. There are a couple of different options for improving this. One option is a light-up phone case, like this LuMee Duo one with front and back facing LED lights. Or you could attach a light to your smartphone, like this one from Bower. Attach this to your phone and set its brightness level to suit the subject you’re capturing.

 

Gimbal

Here’s another great accessory for stabilising your phone when shooting photos or videos. Smartphone gimbals allow full range of motion when panning, tilting, and tracking to focus on your subject. This is especially great for shooting videos of moving subjects or panning across landscapes for fantastic panorama shots. A gimbal is the perfect accessory for smooth, quality videos from your smartphone.

 

Being limited to a smartphone camera doesn’t have to mean poor-quality travel photos anymore, especially when you employ the help of the smartphone photography accessories listed here. If you need reliable WiFi to share your travel photos abroad, then Teppy from TEP Wireless is another great tool to have with you.

Digital Nomad Interviews: Nat and Rob Cadore of Love and Road Travel Blog

Today, we sat down with Nat and Rob Cadore of Love and Road, a travel blog of a couple who are adventuring all over the world. They’ve been together for about nine years and have been through a lot of things: travels, parties, family problems, job problems, parties, more travels, dreams, realizations, more parties — so many things that made their partnership stronger and stronger. At the beginning of 2014, they decided to quit their jobs, sell their stuff, pack their bags and hit the road again!

Nat and Rob are full-time digital nomads and today, they will be sharing their life while working on the road! If you have questions for them, feel free to leave a comment below!

What was your life like before being a digital nomad?

 

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We used to have a pretty normal and good life in Brazil. Rob worked for 15 years in big corporations on foreign trade and logistics, and I used to run my own business. Life was on track, we built our house, we got married, Rob got promoted… but something was missing. To make a long story short, back in 2007 we moved to Ireland to study and work, during those 2 years we traveled around Europe and fall in love with a life on the road. When we got back to Brazil life was good, but our feet kept itching, and the only solution we found was to sell everything and hit the road. But this time we planed an adventure without a fixed destination neither time to stop.

When did you start being a Digital Nomad? 

Our nomadic life started on April 24th, 2014. It has been 5 years that we created a new lifestyle and a new business for us. We wanted the freedom to travel, be able to work on our own pace and projects, that’s how Love and Road was born. I’m a journalist who loves to tell stories, Rob is a super business orientated and avid planner, we joined our best assets to become digital nomads.

It wasn’t an easy decision. The first step was hard, but soon things started falling into place. Before hitting the road we sold everything we had to build up our saving so we could have money for one year of travels. During the first year, we had to make our business profitable, to be able to keep traveling. With ups and downs, we made it, and when I look back I’m sure this was the best decision ever.

Describe your typical ‘work day’ as a Digital Nomad

Our nomad life is usually divided in two scenarios: when we are based in a place for more than a month, and when we are full time traveling.

When we are traveling our routine is a mess. During the day we are out exploring the destinations, collecting information and taking photos. At night we stay awake until late posting on Social Media, answering emails and planning the next day itinerary. Usually, we do a maximum of 3 months of intensive traveling, then we need to stop and have a proper base to rest and create content.

After all the traveling we settle for a while, we need a place to call home and to sit in front of the computer for endless hours. But that’s the time when we can have a proper routine. Gym every morning, healthy food and tons of content to produce for the blog, photos to edit and more social media posts to share.

Tell us the top 5 things you can’t live without as a digital nomad?

Our computers, our hard drives, Tep wireless, phone, and camera. As content creators, we can’t live without our equipment. Rob has a huge bag of electronics, photo equipment, and hard drives and I need my computer to publish our stories.

We also need internet on a 24/7 basis so we can keep the blog running. When we started it was way harder to buy SIM cards or to have wireless internet everywhere. Thank God things have changed, sometimes the connection is not that strong or fast, but now we can find internet almost everywhere.

What’s your favorite part of being a digital nomad?

The freedom to work from anywhere. I believe we do work more hours now than back in Brazil, but the freedom to do what we love, to be able to discover the world and meet awesome people on the way is priceless.

What’s the hardest part of being a digital nomad?

Is to keep a routine, especially towards exercising and eating well. Every time we change destinations we have to adapt our bodies and routine to new weather, new cuisine, costumes, new place… The freedom of travel is what motivates us, but it’s also a physical challenge.

On the entrepreneur side, as we work for ourselves and I tend to be a bit workaholic, sometimes it’s hard to find the balance between life, work, fun.

Where are you currently based and what are your future travel plans?

Right now we are living in Bangkok, Thailand ( we love this country). For the past years, we have been spending 6 months in Europe (summer time) and six months in Southeast Asia, using Thailand as our base. But things are about to change, for the first time we are thinking to stay in Europe for longer. End of May we are flying to Europe and this time we don’t have plans to leave, so we’ll probably stick around for summer and winter.

What are your tips for Digital Nomads if ever they are in a city without reliable WiFi?

Get a Tep Wireless! If you need internet 24/7 you must have pocket wifi with you. Second, is to buy a local SIM card, sometimes is hard to get the correct information because of the language barrier, but you can find reasonable data packages almost everywhere.

Another tip is to be part of digital nomad communities or apps where you can find cafes or coworking spaces. I like Workfrom and Flexpackrz, we have used them to find places with wifi in Europe and Asia.

How does Tep Wireless help you as a Digital Nomad?

Tep Wireless has saved our lives a couple of times. We always have it on our backpack even if we have local SIM cards or if we are staying in a hotel with good wifi. Because of it’s portable and easy to connect we used it a couple of time to do live videos on Facebook and Instagram while exploring a destination. I remember in Taiwan, we were cycling the island east coast and Tep was the only device that had wifi signal during the whole trip and as we could connect up to 5 people we could share it with other cyclists.

Also, every time we arrive in a new destination, we know we can have internet before arriving at a hotel or buying a local SIM card, no more stress about how to get around, call a Uber or use Google maps offline.

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6 Best Viewpoints in Athens of the Acropolis (Including 1 Secret Location)

If you want to capture the best selfie while travelling to Athens, Greece this summer, then look no further.

This rocky outcrop has been at the heart of human civilisation as far back as the 4th millennium BC. The most iconic structure on the peak, the Parthenon, was completed in 438 BC as a symbol of the Athenian Empire’s power and victory over Persian invaders. Today it’s considered to be one of the most important surviving buildings of Classical Greece and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments.

Here’s the places to visit to get the best view of the Acropolis:

 

Greek Flagpole

Athens 105 58, Greece | Paid

This observation deck is probably the most iconic close-up view of the Parthenon. In addition, the panoramic view over the city of Athens is worthy of a Greek god. Entry to the hill requires a €20 ticket. Get here early in the day, around 8am, to avoid the crowds.


Areopagus Hill

Theorias 21, Athina 105 55, Greece | Free

This rocky outcrop near the Acropolis served as a court in ancient Greece, and thanks to Instagram draws thousands of selfie aficionados each day. This angle captures a perfect perspective of the Propylaea and Temple of Athena Nike. Get here at sunrise for the best silhouette over the Acropolis or just before sunset to see the Acropolis light up in a golden hue. Note: 2 flights of stairs must be climbed to reach the summit and the surface is uneven so exercise caution.


Observatorio

Ethniki Odos 3 2, Thiva 322 00, Greece | Free

This viewpoint (known as the “Observatory”) on Filopappou Hill receives far fewer visitors – usually is completely empty – yet boasts even better views than Areopagus Hill. Half an hour before sunset on a clear day is the best time to view. Note: the short yet steep access path can only be reached on foot. In addition to this point, a 2-minute walk southeast will lead to the barren area known as the Pnyx which offers even more space and a beautiful sea of green trees in the foreground.

Shot near the Pnyx.


A for Athens

Miaouli 2, Athina 105 54, Greece | Paid

If you prefer a drink with your view, then this enclosed rooftop restaurant and bar is one of the best views of the Acropolis, plus it overlooks Monastiraki Square. It can get very busy so make a reservation ahead of time to score one of the best seats. Late afternoon is the best time to soak the amber glow from the iconic hill. While access to the bar is free, it is expected that visitors will purchase drinks or food.


360 Cocktail Bar

Ifestou 2, Athina 105 55, Greece | Paid

Located across the road from A for Athens, this larger, leafy open-aired rooftop bar has more space and a wider range of drinks. Best enjoyed after dark.


Lycabettus Hill

Athens 114 71, Greece | Free

This is probably one of the most popular viewpoints in Athens. At an elevation of 277 m, it is the highest point in the city. The viewing platform gets very busy around 1 hour before sunset so get here early to stake your spot. While it’s free to access on foot (about a 20-minute hike from the base) you can also drive/taxi to the parking lot for a shorter climb or take the paid cable car. A restaurant/bar is located at the peak, aptly named Sky Bar.


Strefi Hill (secret location!)

Exarcheia, Athens 114 73, Greece | Free

Almost no one knows about this amazing viewpoint over Athens, even many locals. It has to be one of the best, and most beautiful to climb, surrounded by trees. A dirt path winds from the north side of the nearby outdoor basketball court up the steep slope. And you’re guaranteed to have the view all to yourself. Best enjoyed before late morning.


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7 Ways to Secure Your iPhone While Travelling

Your iPhone is a prized possession. Not only did it likely cost you a lot of money, but it also contains private information and all your travel photos that you want to keep safe. So, you’ll want to keep your phone and, more importantly, everything it contains secure while you travel.

Here are our top 7 tips for securing your iPhone while you travel.

Password protection

If your iPhone isn’t already password protected, then make sure to set this up before you travel. Whether it’s a pin, a password, a fingerprint, or facial recognition, make sure a thief can’t get into your phone easily. If your phone is unfortunately stolen or lost while you’re away, then this will help to keep your data safe.

Choosing a secure password on your phone makes all the difference.

Avoid open WiFi networks

When you connect to a public WiFi network, there’s always a risk that someone else accessing the network could hack into your connected device. When the network is open – i.e. it doesn’t require a password – this risk is even greater. On an open WiFi, all your passwords, bank details, and other private data could be at risk. When looking for WiFi while you travel, try to stick to private networks and password protected ones. Even better, you could travel with your own portable Wi-Fi hotspot to stay on your own private network.

Use a VPN

Another way to protect your smartphone data when connected to public WiFi is with a VPN. These can be used to hide or protect your data while you browse. They can also hide or alter your IP address to make your location unknown. Here’s a roundup of the best VPN apps to secure your iPhone.

Watch what you do on public WiFi

If you do connect to a public WiFi without any additional lines of defence, then be wary about your activity. Regular browsing can be fine, but try to avoid accessing sensitive data, like checking your bank account or making a payment.

Public WiFi networks are an easy entry point for hackers.

Switch off your Bluetooth

It can be easy to forget about, but leaving your Bluetooth switched on could provide hackers a direct path into your iPhone. If someone knows what they’re doing, then they could use your Bluetooth signal to access your phone and its data without you even realising it. Don’t take the risk, and make sure you keep it switched off.

Be vigilant

Another risk for your phone while travelling is pickpocketing. Criminals tend to target the big tourist hotspots, where it’s so busy you wouldn’t think twice of someone “accidentally” bumping into you. Next thing you know, your phone or purse is missing. Always be vigilant while travelling, especially in these kinds of areas. Don’t leave your phone hanging out of your back pocket or lying on the bar while you order a drink. Be sensible and overly cautious.

Install OS updates

Operating system updates might seem like an annoyance whenever they pop up, but they could be crucial to your device’s security. Outdated software is much more vulnerable to hacking. A new version of iOS typically arrives once a year, so make sure you’re up to date to help keep hackers and malware at bay.

Don’t risk the security of your private data while you travel. Stay safe with a private, secured network on your own Tep Wireless hotspot.