So you're traveling and you want to go online? But wait, you say you just don't want to pay those crazy internet access rates, and you would prefer to surf for free. No problem!

Here are some tips on how to SURF FREE!

Visit a restaurant or coffee shop with free WiFi

More and more cafes and restaurants now offer free wifi.

McDonald's offers free Wi-Fi at nearly all of its restaurants across the USA.

Panera Bread also offers free Wi-Fi at its restaurants.

Starbucks will soon offer free Wi-Fi nationwide,

The best news is: no registration required, no account required, and no time limit!

The new Starbucks Free WiFi program does away with any sort of registration, so forget your AT&T account info or your Starbucks card, you won't need them anymore.

Sign up with a Free ISP

When you surf the web you have so many freebies to choose from. But free internet access providers are not that common.
Here are some free ISPs in the USA. Note that most no longer offer free, unlimited usage. And these providers should not be used as a primary connection for your business.

Use them to get online when you're on the road, or as a backup service for when your primary provider is down.

Lists of Free ISPs:

NetZero (10 hours per month FREE)

Visit a Library

Many libraries now offer free internet access for their patrons. Hoorah for public libraries!

Visit other Stores with free WiFi

That would be places such as Barnes & Noble and other bookstores. Computer and electronic stores too.

Visit Other locations with free WiFi

Some airports, hotels, motels, resorts, rental properties and even campgrounds offer free wifi. Check before you leave the office!


Internet connections are everywhere and your laptop can easily piggyback on unsecure wireless connections. The issue here is whether you are using that service with or without the subscriber's knowledge. This is legally controversial.

The process of sending data along with the acknowledgment is called piggybacking. Piggybacking is distinct from wardriving, which involves only the logging or mapping of the existence of access points.