Flytpack: Pocket Wifi Rental
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So why did I come up with a blog entitled, MargaGoes? Well apart from sharing my travel itineraries and budget, I would like to help people as much as I can. Like I’ve mentioned before, I am SUPER HONEST with all my reviews.
As a traveler, wifi is really essential because without it I would not be able to post my pictures on IG, reply to my family’s messages, and get to where I want to go. In the countries that I have been to, there is wifi in most places. However I’ve experienced getting lost many times in Japan last year and unfortunately in those places, I wasn’t connected. Good thing the people were very accommodating and they were nice enough to bring me to my destination.
But what if I was in another country? I’ve also experienced being scammed and it was my fault because I didn’t check Tripadvisor for reviews. I LOST A LOT OF MONEY. Cambodia isn’t like Japan so there are only a few places with wifi… That was our hotel. You can read my Scambodia entry here.
I know it’s a cliché to say that everything happens for a reason but I really believe it. If I had not experienced getting lost or scammed then I wouldn’t be able to write about it and share with my readers tips on how to prevent it.
In this entry I will be telling you why I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE travelers to rent a pocket wifi specifically Flytpack. To be honest, I never tried buying a sim card or renting a pocket wifi abroad. It’s because my phone isn’t open line and I feel that it’s such a waste of money to buy a new phone. Also, I’ve done my research on the different pocket wifi rentals in different countries and it’s not as affordable. The process of renting also isn’t as convenient. In short, ANG TIPID KO AT AYOKO NG HASSLE. Lol.
I recently just got back from Korea and I was able to use Flytpack. Here are some reasons why you should rent one:
- Stay connected anywhere you go
In my Instagram I posted a picture of the N Seoul tower. I had a long caption about what happened on my way there.
So to cut the long story short, I relied on Waze to get there. I thought it was near so I decided to walk going there. I am an athlete and I enjoy walking especially when I travel because I get to see a lot of interesting things. I was really confident also because I had my Flytpack with me so if ever something goes wrong I can just Google it.
But the EVER SO RELIABLE WAZE brought me to Namsan Park instead of the tower. The walk became a hike and it took me an hour and a half to get there. It got scary because it was 8 in the evening—it was dark. I didn’t see people and it started to rain hard.
Flytpack what would I do without you? I immediately brought out my phone and looked for a map online. I saw a short cut in the map which I took. I really wanted to give up on my way to the top because the road was steep, it did not seem like a short cut, and my legs started to hurt. In fact, it felt like I was in a movie and someone was playing a trick on me because I could see the tower from where I was but I could not get close to it. It was near yet so far. Thank you Flytpack because you just saved my life and I was able to go to N Seoul tower. Imagine if I wasn’t connected? It was like I was in the middle of nowhere. Yes, there were maps around the park but it only showed the bus stop and not the short cut. THANK GOD I WAS ABLE TO GET TO MY DESTINATION. THANK GOD I SURVIVED THE HIKE.
Aside from that, on my first night I was able to visit a popular restaurant called James Cheese Ribs. My friend just told me that it was in Myeongdong. Obviously the place was unfamiliar because it was my first time in Korea. I had to navigate my way there. Surprisingly I did not have a hard time finding the place because I was connected.
It really is important to stay connected especially when you’re trying to look for a place. Why? It saves you a lot of time and you would be able to do everything in your itinerary. I have another story to share. I remember going to Kyoto last year. I was supposed to visit 5 temples but because I got lost I didn’t get to go to the last 2 temples. Imagine if I had my Flytpack with me? I’m sure that it would have helped me finish my itinerary. Lesson learned! STAY CONNECTED!
- Affordable and fast which can be shared up to 5 to 6 people
Like I mentioned, I never tried renting a pocket wifi abroad or buying a sim card because it is such a hassle for me and I’m super kuripot (frugal). I rely on free wifi everytime I travel. Ever since my holiday trip to Hong Kong last year with my family, some of my older siblings prefer not to buy a sim card abroad. Instead, they would rather use their local sim card which is obviously more expensive. That’s 500 to 600 pesos per person per day. Some of you may ask “why don’t they just turn on their hotspot?” Well we tried that in HK but it gets really slow and drains the battery.
My brother who travels a lot for work also told me that in some countries like Dubai, to acquire a sim card, they require you to fill up a lot of forms which can be draining. Sometimes the service really sucks and it can get complicated and pricey. So when I told him about flytpack, he said it was really SULIT.
Flytpack’s rates depend on the country but it is definitely more affordable. Since I used mine in Korea, the rate per day is only 300 pesos. Imagine if five people are sharing it? That’s like 60 pesos a day only! The speed also doesn’t suffer!
One of my readers commented on my post in Facebook. He said that buying a sim card abroad and having an open line cellphone is cheaper than renting. I respect his opinion. Everyone is different but each country is different too. Some of you may prefer to buy a sim card however I highly encourage you to try Flytpack because it’s also hassle-free which I will explain next.
- It’s hassle-free to rent one
Booking is really easy. You can contact them in their facebook page or visit their website. What I liked about my experience is that they delivered it to my office the day before I left. You can actually choose to have it delivered or get it in their office (SM Aura BGC). Because of the traffic, I chose to have it delivered to me. As for returning it, I sent my driver to their office because he was in the area but they can also pick it up from you. It’s up to you but I assure you that it’s convenient.
How is renting a pocket wifi abroad a hassle anyway? You’re lucky if you can pick it up and return it in the airport but in some cases you have to ship it somewhere. Also, you have to realize that not all providers are open 24/7 in the airport. Most of them are open during office hours. It is also possible that due to the demand, it can be out of stock too.
- Flytpackph staff is very accommodating
I had so many questions and they responded quickly. When my driver dropped it off in their office, the person even talked to me over the phone and told me that they received it already. It was indeed excellent customer service.
If I were to rate my experience with Flytpack, I would give it a 5 out of 5 stars because everything went smoothly. I highly recommend it because it is a necessity and it is worth it.
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