Published 18th September 2019
We at The TEFL Academy have found a really great tool that we know we be of great use to teachers traveling to teach English abroad. An interactive map that provides users with free airport wifi passwords for every airport around the world!
Ralph Waldo Emerson apparently once said that life is a journey, not a destination. Of course, being a traveler means you are likely to spend a lot of your time travelling rather than arriving, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s all enjoyable! It can be difficult to appreciate the journey when you are squashed on a bus next to a chicken for five hours (#truestory) or sat waiting around for a delayed train in the early hours of the morning.
At least airports usually offer a certain amount of entertainment in-between flights. You can grab a bite to eat, do some shopping in the duty-free, find a quiet spot to read. There are even some airports which go the extra mile to make sure your visit is as pleasant as possible.
The most amazing airports
The next time you’re travelling, you might want to try and book a flight that passes through one of these amazing airports.
Hamad International Airport in Qatar boasts a 200-room hotel, a swimming pool and a 23-foot tall sculpture of a yellow teddy bear. Incheon Airport in South Korea has a casino, golf course, museum, spa and ice rink. At Hong Kong Airport there is an Aviation Discovery Centre where you can ride a plane simulator, as well as an IMAX theatre. Singapore’s Changi Airport is a favourite with travelers, with over 300 shops, two free cinemas and a butterfly garden, complete with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall and 1 000 butterflies.
The most frustrating problem
But if we’re honest, no matter how fancy the airport, it all gets a bit boring after a couple of hours if you don’t have WiFi. All we want to do after a flight is to connect with our loved ones and catch up on what’s been happening in the world – and to show everyone what we’re eating! – so when we don’t have WiFi we can feel left out, isolated and, well, bored.
For the most part, there is WiFi at every airport we can find ourselves at. The trouble is finding it and connecting to it, especially if you don’t have WiFi!
The most incredible solution
Luckily for us, some clever person – computer security engineer and travel blogger Anil Polat, to be precise – has come to our rescue, with an interactive map with free airport WiFi passwords of all the airport networks around the world. That’s right! It currently has 130 airports on the map and it is updated regularly. Even better, if you don’t have WiFi to find the WiFi password, you can download the map to use offline.
All you need to do is click on the airport on the map and the network name and its WiFi password will pop up. If you’re a team player, you can even contribute to the map to make sure it is kept updated.