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Ageing Traveller Series

The Ageing Traveller series is written by Rose Howell, who has been traveling the world for over 40 years, beginning with New Zealand and then the ‘Hippy trail’ in the 70’s. Her travels have taken her to; Asia, Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Canada, China and the Pacific Islands. In total she has visited 67 countries plus all the states of Australia except Western Australia, and her goal is to make the century club. Her passion for travel is documented on her website

Click here to find out more about Rose.

Getting free wi-fi on your travels

Today, many over 50’s have become reasonably tech savvy. It would be hard to find an over 50 traveller without a mobile phone, iPad or tablet in their luggage, and surprisingly we know how to use them.

These items have become popular because they are compact, handy and reasonably priced compared with laptops and computers. In 2012 one in five over 60’s owned a tablet device compared to one in 50 in 2011. (Sensis report)

Added to this, our ageing hipsters make up 58% of social media users. This is probably a bit scary for our younger users.

With many of us surfing the internet on our portable tablets or iPads, it makes sense to know all the different places where you can browse the internet for free! You can do this by connecting to a wireless connection (Wi-Fi) where you don’t need any cords connected to your device.

To connect to Wi-Fi at a library, café or store, simply click on the ‘wireless’ icon (which looks like a radio wave) and select the username of the connection you are trying to access (usually the name of the store, café or library you are at) and the password.

If you are at a café, you will usually need to be a customer to receive access to the password. I have used Wi-Fi in MacDonald’s, Starbucks etc. and the password was on the receipt. If not just ask at the counter.

For example, many of the Capital cities in Australia offer free Wi-Fi in their City Business areas. You don’t usually need a password, just click or touch the wireless icon and pick the username of the Wi-Fi you want to connect with. The following cities have free Wi-Fi in the CBD. Melbourne’s Federation Square, Perth’s CBD, Adelaide’s CBD, Hotels and Airports will often have free Wi-Fi but check first as I have noticed a lot of them are beginning to charge. In a hotel we stayed in recently you got the first 30 minutes free then had to pay.
No matter where you are you will be able to find free Wi-Fi, so get out there and make the most of it.

Buying a Tablet.

How do you choose what to buy, a tablet or an iPad? With so many to choose from, picking the best tablet is tricky business.

I am not an expert but as a user of both iPad and Samsung tablet, I will have a go at trying to help you decide on what to buy.

Which is best for you?

There are three main types of tablets to choose from;
Apple iOS versus Android versus Windows

Apple iOS

iOS is the operating system that runs it, and is one of the easiest systems to use.

The benefits are that they have an Apps store with loads of apps for anything from fitness, cooking, games, music, movies etc. They also have great customer support and service and if you drop into an Apple store they will help you set it up and they even hold free workshops to learn all about your tablet.
My brother in law has recently purchased an iPad and says it is the best thing he has purchased and finds it very easy to use. (he has struggled with learning how to use technology so this has been the ideal device for him) He has also purchased an apple laptop and iphone.

The main issues against an iPad that I can see is the price, unable to plug in a usb device and difficult to tweak or change settings.

Google Android

I have a Samsung Galaxy tablet of which I have spent some time learning how to use. It has taken me longer to learn than the iPad but I am now comfortable with using it.

You can customise it by setting up your homepage just the way you want it. For example you can have a widget for checking your emails or one for twitter so you can respond to the latest tweets from your home screen. The Google play store is better than it used to be although the screens are designed more for mobile phones, therefore the screen size may be smaller.

There is support for ‘user profiles’. You can give it to young children, but keep certain apps and settings locked (only android version 4.3 or later).

My husband and I use ours when travelling and my husband is not tech savvy but seems to be able to use it reasonably well. He likes it mainly for storing his photos, watching movies or TV shows and in particular listening to music whilst we are away. Recently our son in law downloaded solitaire and I think hubby is now addicted as he seems to be always playing it.

I use it for the above as well as using skype to keep up with the kids at home, writing my diary, searching the net, playing solitaire (I am not addicted), checking my emails and Facebook, twitter etc.

Technology is changing constantly and recently on a stay in a new Ibis Hotel, instead of a tourist information compendium, everything was on their Samsung TV including access to your account. If you have a Samsung phone you can download your apps through their mirror image icon and play your apps through the TV.

You will find Samsung cheaper than an Ipad, but no matter what you choose you won’t regret getting one for your travels. So much lighter than a laptop and books. Best of all it fits into my handbag so I have easy access to it, so that I can watch movies when on an airplane travelling to some wonderful new destination.

Want to know more about Tablets? Why not look at the Know How Guide of what to look for in a Tablet.

Rose Howell Biography

Rose has been traveling the world for over 40 years, beginning with New Zealand and then the ‘Hippy trail’ in the 70’s. Her travels have taken her to; Asia, Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Canada, China and the Pacific Islands. In total she has visited 67 countries plus all the states of Australia except Western Australia, and her goal is to make the century club.
She has taken all kinds of transport and accommodation from budget to luxury. She has travelled through war zones, survived a bus accident in the Andes and visited areas that are no longer available to tourists, such as the Khyber Pass and Bamiyan Statues in Afghanistan.

Rose wants to inspire others to travel and offers free advice to all travellers in particular those who are embarking on their first travel experience. She has a passion for travel and since retiring from an Adult teaching position with TafeSA, has recently resumed clocking up kilometres interstate and overseas.
Her daughters have inherited the travel bug from their parents. The eldest daughter is a travel journalist/documentary maker based in a beautiful area called ‘Byron Bay’ in New South Wales and with her husband, has two globetrotting toddlers who at the age of 5 and 2 also love to travel. Her youngest daughter and fiancé have recently returned from 2 years working and traveling in the UK and Europe. They have only been home a couple of months and are already getting restless. Oh the travel bug!!!!

Rose has developed a website for the over 50 traveller where you can access for free all her advice and past and present stories. You can add stories of your own too.

She also has a blog on:

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