This Article is About
open proxies
taxi drivers
proxy settings
waiting in line
smart phone
good stuff
Get A Us Ip To Save Yourself From Boredom Between Travel Destinations
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Get A Us Ip to Save Yourself From Boredom Between Travel Destinations

You might not think it, but traveling can be extremely boring! A day of in the life of a traveler isn't at all like the movies. The movies show you all the good stuff - museums, parties, quirky taxi drivers, interesting conversations on the train, and fast forward back to the hotel. What they fail to include is all the boring stuff in between - missed busses, 10 hour train rides, delayed flights, waiting in line, buying tickets, and pure exhaustion. Don't get me wrong, traveling is my all time favorite hobby, but there is a lot of down time to fill, and you can't always read a book when you're waiting in a smoke filled, humid Chinese train station with crying kids sitting next to you. This is why I cherish my mobile entertainment, and always make sure I get a US IP address on my phone and laptop when I travel.

iOS devices (iPad/iTouch/iPhone), Android devices (Smart Phone/Tablet), Macs, and PCs are now all able to access US entertainment sites like Hulu, Netflix, and Pandora. The only condition is that you have a US IP address to access these sites. This is not a restriction on your device, its a restriction put in place by these websites. It probably has to do something with advertising and distribution rights, but the details aren't important. What is important is that you won't be able to access these sites with anything other than an American IP.

While there are a number of ways to change your IP address, not all will open up American sites. For example, "changing" your IP can be interpreted a couple of ways, and some users are able to change their IP by altering the proxy settings on their browser, or manually changing the IP of their phone or laptop. The issue with these methods is that they don't hide your real IP. Many open proxies for example, while they unblock sites you've been banned from, will still expose the fact that their proxy, and Netflix/Hulu block proxies. Manually changing your IP can also unblock sites, but again, the non-US IP won't allow you to stream video from these sites.

Virtual private networks solve these issues. VPNs combine basically two types of technology to hide your real IP, and replace it with an IP from The USA. When you sign into a VPN server in The USA, your data is encrypted using SSL encryption - the same kind of security shopping and membership sites use to keep you membership information secret. This means that there's no risk of your real IP being exposed, because only you and the VPN server have the key to access this information. The other thing a VPN does is "tunnel" your information to and from the VPN server. This is more related to security that hiding your IP, but still, it's important to give your data a safe path as it travels halfway around the world.

Once connected to a VPN server, you're then assigned an IP address from that location. If the VPN server is in The UK, you get a British IP address. IF the sever is in japan, you get a Japanese IP. The same works for The US - if you sign into a VPN server in The USA, you get a US IP address. This kind of IP will get you past any firewalls, and allow you to access an already existing membership account, or set up a new one, depending on what site you want to gain access to.

And just like that, you have automatic filler entertainment when you have to wait three hours for a late bus, or have half a day layover at the airport. If you're going to be traveling for a while, you can even use this to keep up on your favorite TV shows, or watch some documentaries or travel videos about the places you're going. The possibilities are endless, and they're right there in your pocket.

Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Top 3 Boredom Tips For Building Your Email List
Here are the top 3 boredom tips for building your email list today. Why? Because online business owners seem to shy away from really making money online. Once you realize that being sufficiently boring will indeed help you in really making money online do you know what happens? Freedom. True…
  Likes: 6

Asian Flush Linked to Boredom
In a recent study done by some guys down the street, Asian flush has been linked to the personality flaw of being extremely boring. Those with Asian flush can't drink. Ok, they can drink water and other non-alcoholic beverages such as soda, juice, and milk (amongst other popular drinks), but…
By: Sunny Walters in  Health and Fitness  >  Allergies   Mar 21, 2011  
  Likes: 0

How Do You Cope With Boredom?
Some people do not handle boredom very well. Rather than finding activities to occupy their time, they might instead pace back and forth and complain about having nothing to do. I live a life that some may find boring. My husband and I do not have Internet access or satellite…
By: Hollie E. Townsend in  Self Improvement   Jan 25, 2013  
  Likes: 0

Why Did He Break Up With Me? - Some Reasons You May Not Have Thought Of
Breakups are never easy for anyone and they are certainly no fun. Not only do they stir up a swarm of emotions, they can also leave a girl's mind buzzing with questions. The biggest and most common question being, why did he break up with me? Some guys are nice…
By: Charlotte Jane in  Relationships   Jul 18, 2012  
  Likes: 4

Why do we depend so much on what the others tell us and is it good to always know the definition of what we feel?
When we walk into the room full of people, we are trying to find something interesting for us, someone who would make our evening or even more depending on our goals. We look at the faces of people, how they behave, talk and laugh. We are trying to see someone…
By: sashylia in  Relationships   Jun 07, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Stop Dog Barking When On Vacation
It is coming up to the time of year when you are thinking of sorting out your summer vacation. You want to take your dog as he is part of the family but you are not sure if you can trust him to behave well enough. If he has a…
By: Daniella March in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 24, 2011  
  Likes: 0

IP Address Hiding Software That Actually Works
There are a wide range of reasons why you might want to use IP address hiding software. It can get you past firewalls at work and school. It can unblock internet censorship in places like China, Vietnam, UAE, and other places in Asia and The Middle East. It can erase…
By:  in  Computers and Technology   Dec 12, 2012  
  Likes: 1

How To Surf Blocked Sites on Android Phones & Tablets
Not all sites are available for access on all networks. There are a few reasons sites can be blocked from your viewing, and the easiest way to unblock these sites is to change the IP address of your Android phone or tablet. Here are some tips on how to surf…
By:  in  Communications  >  Mobile Cell Phone   Aug 01, 2012  
  Likes: 8

Browse The Web Anonymously
Everything you do online can be traced back to you if you use your real IP address. When you download music or movies online - people can find out your IP and where you live. If you're in New Zealand or The UK, you don't want this. If you browse…
By:  in  Computers and Technology   Dec 08, 2011  
  Likes: 2

Get A Bulgarian Ip Address With A Vpn Or Proxy
If you're familiar with VPN and proxy services, then you know that it's possible to change your IP address to virtually any country out there. Some services provide you with access to a few servers in some select countries, while other services have built their reputation on having a large…
By:  in  Computers and Technology   Nov 29, 2012  
  Likes: 2

A Swiss Ip Address for Swiss Tv And Internet
Each country in the world is bound to have a set of sites that are accessible only from inside the country. This is totally up to the web servers of the website - it's not blocked by the government or some sort of censorship tool - that would work the…
By:  in  Computers and Technology   Jul 03, 2012  
  Likes: 2

Get A Korean IP Address
You can get a Korean IP address on your phone or computer no matter where you are in the world. You may want to access Korean gaming sites, Korean TV streaming sites, or other geo-restricted content. It may be that it's easier to surf the net in Korean because it's…
By:  in  Computers and Technology   Aug 05, 2012  
  Likes: 2

Proxy And VPN for Vietnam
I realized today that with all the blocked sites in Vietnam, there really aren't a lot of reviews of proxies. The thing about proxies is that they're a real pain to find, and when you do, they're usually not very professional. I just checked, and the first ten results in…
By:  in  Computers and Technology   Jul 31, 2012  
  Likes: 2

Use A Finish IP for Access to Finish Only Websites
Sometimes websites place exclusive filters on their site, making them only accessible from inside Finland. The is true for some Finnish TV streaming sites that are biding by licensing restrictions for their TV programming. The same would apply to movie streaming sites that pay advertising and other copyright fees to…
By:  in  Computers and Technology   Jul 04, 2012  
  Likes: 2

Private Surfing on Windows
To achieve private surfing status on Windows you need to hide your IP address. Though you can use features of Chrome and Firefox to go 'incognito', or even use proxies to change your IP, there are still other routes to access your private information. Virtual private networks provide an invaluable…
By:  in  Computers and Technology   Jul 28, 2012  
  Likes: 1

Article Views: 1429    Report this Article