I like traveling with my van.

When I’m on the road, how do I do with the Internet?

This is all information related to Europe, and it depends on the operator and data plan. I’ll tell you my scenario.

I live in Italy and in the EU we have free data roaming up to a certain amount of GB. This means I can consume n GB of data in Italy, but just a percentage of it can be used in the other European countries.

It depends on the mobile operator, with mine I have 70GB for 15€/m.

The data freely available in roaming is calculated on the amount I pay (don’t ask me why) but it’s 8GB.

Then I can activate an offer to get another 5GB for 3€ every 7 days.

In total I have 28GB for 1 month, at 27€. It sounds ok to me.

Every operator is different, of course.

Most of my data consumption, when traveling, is using maps. I use Mapy.cz and I can download all the maps before leaving, so there’s zero data involved when I look at the maps.

You can download non-satellite offline maps on Google Maps, too, but I find its interface to do that worse compared to Mapy, which lets me just download an entire country.

Sometimes I have to use satellite maps to find some parking or to look at the roadmap for the day and for that there’s no solution. But 90% of the time, I don’t need satellite and the offline map works fine.

Another heavy data consumption source is videos. I use Prime Video for movies and series and I can download anything I want to watch offline. This requires some planning ahead, but it’s 100% doable.