I wish I could say that going without internet would be a breeze. I mean, I’ve sort of done it before.
In China, I went 2 weeks with only using the internet for 30 minutes twice a day. But, when I travel to cool places, I love being able to give commentary on everything that I’m doing. So internet for Paris was a must.
Fortunately, a Parisian start-up reached out to me to try their services while visiting the city of love. And included in their service? My saviour, the Internet – and of course, many, many more 🙂
Before INSIDR, I was considering pocket-wifi. Carry around a device the side of a rectangular smoke alarm and be connected to the internet. Then INSIDR reached out to me and said that with their smartphone, I could use the internet using their 4G data and wifi hotspot along with a myriad of other services.
Admittedly, I wasn’t too familiar with hotspots before INSIDR brought it up. Then, my boyfriend explained to me that you could use the hotspot to allow your phone – or multiple phones – to connect to wi-fi.
*By doing this, you do drain the source device’s battery but that just means you have to regulate your use.
Additionally, INSIDR includes apps on their smartphone that they think would be useful to a tourist. For me, Citymapper was a lifesaver. It includes all the possible routes and modes of transportation that you can take to get there. Meaning you can choose between walking, biking, Uber, the metro, or a combination.
It also tells you how long it will take to get there using each option. So if you’re not feeling up to walking, you can pick the route that includes more subway and less footwork 😉
INSIDR also built in an incredible legend of interesting places to visit – restaurants, cafes, landmarks etc. – into Google Maps. So wherever you went, you could open the special map for that area and see which places were near you and choose based on proximity, notes on each place left by INSIDR, budget, and hours.
These maps were incredibly useful to my boyfriend and I since we liked to wander on foot. I mean, Paris is super walkable already. But sometimes we’d end up several neighbourhoods away from where we started, get hungry, and need a place to eat fast. I get super hangry, so these maps gave us our sanity.
Now with Citymapper, getting around the city was easy. But for one day, we had to figure out how to get around the suburbs outside of Paris. My cousin was getting married and we were moving around a lot!
We didn’t want the confusion of driving a car in Europe, so my cousin arranged for us to get picked up by his brother at the train station outside of City Hall. Thanks to INSIDR’s smartphone, we were able to carry out these plans and get in touch with each other with their free local call and texts 🙂
The thing that sealed the deal for me about INSIDR was how helpful they were when we were in Paris.
When we arrived at the airport, Nina, the co-founder, waited for us at my Airbnb. Then, when we got lost, she actually met us at the next train station and walked us to our accommodations! Mini tour included.
The INSIDR community also came to my rescue when I accidentally ordered iced tea at a restaurant instead of ice cubes. They told me to ask for, “des glaçons,” next time. And when I did, I actually got ice cubes! 😉
They even came to my aid when I was feeling sick. I started getting nauseous from jet-lag, sleep deprivation, and hunger. So the INSIDR community told me exactly which medication to look for at the pharmacy.
And on the last two days when I was looking for Darphin beauty products? INSIDR provided me with all the nearby pharmacies and airport terminals that sold Darphin. Is that not 5-star service or what?
While I didn’t pay for these services in Paris, I definitely would pay for them the next time I visit 🙂
My experience was so incredible. INSIDR even included a bag of local tea for us to try as well as pre-stamped postcards for us to send if we wanted send our love while on vacation. They even have flexible delivery and pick-up times for their phones for crying out loud – which I found incredibly convenient with my schedule!
Do you want to know what the cherry on top was, though? My boyfriend, who is more practical than I about spending money, would not only use it again but would also recommend others to use it! #winning 😀
Travelling in a foreign country can be stressful, but when you have a team of people like Nina and INSIDR, who are dedicated to making your experience as enjoyable as possible, you will truly feel invincible.
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*Thank you to INSIDR Paris for collaborating on this post. All opinions are my own.
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