International travel has finally become cheap enough for everyone to enjoy and experience at least once in their lifetime.
And of course, there could be a ton of reasons for you to actually go out of your country for a while jetting off someplace you always wanted to go to and cross some borders.
However, the thing about increased international travel is also that because of it more and more people are purchasing internet-enabled devices that make their lives easier even when they are not in their homes.
And longtime readers of Security gladiators already know the problems that arise because of the increased number of devices that can access the world of the internet.
There are lots of security implications, in other words.
If you want to travel to someplace overseas, no matter what your reason, you need to be just a little bit more literate about the hows, whats, and wheres of, at least, some of your Internet-enabled devices.
What we mean to say is that the world is filling up fast with honeypot public WiFi networks.
You can usually find them in various hotels and different cafes almost everywhere you go.
The number of unscrupulous people making attempts to snoop around different public WiFi networks usually to take a look at what people are doing in the online world.
But rest assured that the threats are real.
And they are monitoring everyone they feel like monitoring.
Internet service providers along with government agencies all around the world are making vast attempts to capture whatever it is that people are trying to do on the internet.
And that conveniently leads us to the only tool that can protect you against all of that.
That tool is a VPN service.
A VPN service is without any question the best way for anyone who would want to not only avoid getting attacked by various threats but also keep them at bay.
But the thing about cybersecurity issues is that everyone now knows about them.
And since everyone knows about them, you will find that there is a full-blown industry churning out VPNs after VPNs for people to buy and make use of.
Our research show that there are more or less 500 VPN services available in the market today.
So how do you even go about selecting the best VPN for international traveling?
Well, it turns out, it is not easy.
Not even close.
We know it.
And that is why we are here to help you.
Our research has expanded beyond taking into consideration only the top 100 VPN service providers.
In other words, we know what we are talking about.
We want to save you some time.
And in order to do that, we have condensed all our research into five of the best VPNs for international travel.
Our VPN services will not only keep you safe and secure but they will also quench your wanderlust.
And how do they do that?
They do it by simply working.
Travel isn’t all the glamour that movies make it out to be.
You have to jump through a lot of ugly hoops in order to get where you want to.
We know this and we know that the last thing that you really want to think about when you finally get to your destination if your data.
How to select the best VPN for travel.
Well, the first thing that you need to understand here is that there is no such thing as a best VPN for everything.
In fact, we have come to find that there is not even a best VPN for travel.
Different users have different preferences and different VPN services cater to those VPN services differently.
So do not buy into those lists which simply churn out headlines such as ‘best VPN for 2019’.
With that out of the way, what we will mention here is that while there is no best VPN for everything, there is certainly a best VPN for specific purposes.
Groups of VPN services perform certain functions better than other VPN service providers.
And we won’t hide the fact that the task of ranking VPN service providers on an individual basis is not only irritating but also incredibly hard.
Most of the times, the best VPN for any task will come down to the preferences of a given user.
Now with that out of the way, there are more than a few critical features that you need to keep in mind if you are on the lookout for the best VPN for international travel.
Let’s take a look at them.
High levels of encryption
Now, what we want to let you know here is that even if you are not 100 percent confident about the technicalities that are involved with encryption, you need to make sure that the specific VPN service that you purchase does a reasonable job of advertising that its encryption technology is taking advantage of AES 256-bit military-grade encryption.
We know we just said that this encryption type (AES 256-bit) is military-grade, but what you should also know is that it has become pretty much an industry standard.
You should never shy away from searching for services that offer good VPN protocol support such as Wireguard, SSTP and/or OpenVPN.
If you come across a VPN service that does not use these technologies or does not mention them on its official website then we suggest you better move on to some other VPN service provider.
Perhaps this is a good time to mention that whenever you sign up for a VPN service and then use the internet, all of your traffic flows through the VPN service’s servers.
That is why we think it is extremely important for users to make sure that the VPN service that they are making use of retains absolutely zero-logs.
Zero logs mean that the VPN service provider does not keep any record of what users do on the internet while they are connected to the company’s VPN servers.
If that is not possible for you, then we suggest that the VPN service should at least try to store the minimum amount of information that it can on its users.
We should also mention that you should never feel hesitant about quizzing the prospective VPN service provider about their logging policies.
When you are talking to them about their logging policies, you should also ask for some proof of what the yare saying.
Only after knowing all of that information should you go ahead and hand them your hard-earned cash.
Locations of VPN servers
Now is the time for you to check if the VPN service that you are interested in, has VPN servers either in the exact country that you are interested in, traveling to, living in right now.
You should also keep an eye out on the VPN servers that the VPN service offers in neighboring areas.
Let’s assume for a second that you want to make use of a VPN service in order to gain access to some website or app in India.
And, let’s also assume, that the VPN service provider that you have signed up for only has VPN servers that are located in the United States of America.
In such a case, we can almost guarantee that you would experience some very slow download speeds and an, overall, unreliable online connection to the internet.
VPN apps that cater to different VPN services.
Most of the major VPN service providers that we recommend and have listed here tend to offer dedicated VPN apps for all major internet-enabled devices such as,
- routers (in some cases)
Therefore we recommend that you sign up for that VPN service that not only has a dedicated VPN app for one device but for all mainstream devices.
You never know how or using what device you may have to access the world of the internet.
And as an international traveler, you certainly will never have time to so set things up on your internet-enabled device manually.
If you happen to have access to a good VPN app, you can rest assured that it will do all the dirty work for you.
Moreover, good VPN apps help you to connect to the internet with as little effort as possible.
Best VPN for international travel.
Right now, what we want to do is we want to list out the top VPN service providers that we like for international travel.
With that said, perhaps readers would do well to remember that even though IPVanish is the VPN service that we recommend, they may find some of the features that other VPN service providers offer to be more suitable for their internet security needs.
Hence, if you have a certain amount of time (which you should not), it is always worth it to check out VPN services you are interested in on an individual basis.
So here is the list.
You can try and click on any of the names that we have given above to go to the individual reviews of these VPN service providers.
But again, if you do not have the time for that, but still want to make sure that you read about all five then here are the summaries of their reviews.
IPVanish is just another one of those names you simply cannot hear enough of.
The company has done remarkably well by establishing itself as not only the leader in the VPN industry but generally a leader in the security industry based on the way that it has carried itself over the years enduring the pressure of online publications who have perhaps treated the company a bit unfairly a couple of times.
But the reason why we think IPVanish is the best VPN for international travel is because the company offers users VPN servers that are located in over 50 countries.
Not only that, but IPVanish offers them in the most strategic places around the globe.
The only region where think IPVanish can improve is in Africa.
But that is something almost VPN service providers lack in.
IPVanish provides users with dedicated and custom VPN apps for almost all of the internet-enabled major devices.
Hence you can easily sign up for a VPN service and then secure yourself on not only your desktop computer but also on your mobile device.
IPVanish even works with some routers.
Going through the actual process of selecting a VPN server to form a connection with is not only painless but also quick.
Ipvanish even shows you a map of all the VPN servers and their locations.
There is also a list present.
And you can always use the filters provided to you in order to only see those VPN servers that fulfill your preferences.
We have a soft corner for those VPN service providers that make use of 256-bit AES encryption technologies.
And IPVanish is one of them.
You can sign up for a single package with Ipvanish and it can protect a total of 10 of your Internet-enabled devices all at the same time.
This is a great way to not only protect some of your devices, but ALL of your devices.
The only downside of signing up for IPVanish is that it does not work well with US Netflix.
What do we mean by that?
We mean that if you go through the trouble of asking the company’s customer support for a specific VPN server that works with US Netflix then maybe you can have access to US Netflix.
But if you think you will be able to access US Netflix simply by clicking the Connect button then sorry.
You are out of luck.
Our research shows that, out of the box, IPVanish does work with UK Netflix most of the times.
With that said, we would suggest that if you are signing up for a VPN service because you want to access some TV content then you are better off going with some of the other VPN service providers that we have mentioned on this list.
Click here to read out IPVanish review.
Click here to go to the official IPVanish website right now and sign up for a package of your choice at a discount.
NordVPN has had no problems in quickly establishing itself as pretty much the best VPN service for international travelers.
Our research shows that they have on hand some really neat features which truly make NordVPN stand out from the crowd.
We have come to know that at the time of writing this guide, NordVPN offered users VPN servers that are located in 61 countries.
However, the thing that stands out most about NordVPN is that it has over 5100 VPN servers.
You do not need us to tell you that the number 5100 is a pretty significant tone.
That is probably more than what 99 percent of the VPN service providers offer you.
With these many VPN servers (all waiting for you to come and connect to them) you will never ever have to face problems in connecting to a VPN server to any given country.
And pretty much like all the VPN service providers in the market today, NordVPN is spread a bit thin in Africa.
In every region apart from that, NordVPN covers it sufficiently.
The VPN apps that NordVPN offers are not only well designed but also very easy to make use of.
All you have to do in order to connect to a VPN server is to look at the provided world-map and then click on it.
However, we are aware of the fact that there are those of you who have terrible geography skills.
And you may not know where on earth is Brazil or Germany.
If that is indeed you then you can simply tap on the option that says best server.
Once you do that you can quickly secure a VPN connection with the absolute minimal interaction.
Our research shows the prices at which you can sign up for a VPN like NordVPN is more than reasonable.
To take an example, there is a 3-year plan that costs users around $2.99 per month.
And if you know you will be traveling a lot in the coming years then perhaps the 3-year plan makes the most sense.
Most of all though, you won’t have to break the bank while doing so in order to get good protection.
Currently, NordVPN if offering all users a mammoth 30-day official money-back guarantee.
And that gives you a ton of time to test out the service with your internet connection.
Click here to sign up for NordVPN from the official website right now and that too at a discount.
Click here if you want to read our full NordVPN review.
Do we even need to give an introduction for ExpressVPN?
It has made to the top of many best VPN lists and it should come as no surprise that it has done the same here as well.
For all international traveling users, ExpressVPN provides the best mix of protection, customer service, VPN apps, and security.
Currently, ExpressVPN offers users VPN servers that are located in over 94 countries.
That makes them one of those VPN service providers that are specifically targeting international travelers.
Our research shows that ExpressVPN works pretty well in various countries that have restrictive internet regulations.
Regardless, we have found ExpressVPN to be one of the most reliable and fastest VPN services in those specific restrictive countries.
One other positive feature about this VPN service is the great range of VPN apps that it makes available for users.
Currently, ExpressVPN offers VPN apps for platforms such as,
- Amazon Fire TV
You get the idea.
Basically, you could have any type of device that has internet-connection and ExpressVPN would have a VPN app for it.
ExpressVPN keeps zero logs and comes with an official 30-day money-back guarantee.
That should tick almost all the boxes that a private person would want a VPN service to tick.
Click here for our ExpressVPN review.
Another decent VPN alternative because of its comprehensive VPN coverage.
With VPN servers located in 20 plus countries spanning Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America, VPN.ac has something to offer in exchange for your money.
For the most part, we have found that VPN.ac is highly-secure and super fast.
This VPN service also works in some of the most restrictive countries in the world.
We do not want to name specific countries here but you all know the one that starts with a C.
The money-back guarantee is small-ish as it lasts only 7 days.
However, if you put a healthy amount of premium on your privacy then you can’t go wrong with VPN.ac.
Click here for our VPN.ac review.
Another VPN service that has been in the industry for a good period of time.
It has a reputation for being a reliable and fast VPN service.
Our research shows that they have VPN servers that are located in over 30 different regions.
Again, it doesn’t really cover southern Africa and Asia, but the rest of the world is pretty much covered.
The apps are pretty user-friendly as well.
Additionally, you can install them on platforms such as,
Just recently, VyprVPN became a no-logs VPN service.
That means that whatever you do on the internet remains your business.
And no one else’s.
One thing that might put you off though is the fact that VyprVPN does not come with any money-back guarantee.
But the company does offer all its users a 3-day trial period for free.
So take advantage of this deal and cancel if the VPN service is not working out for you.
Click here for our VyprVPN review.
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