When you’re traveling through different cities or countries and are in need of an Internet connection, it can sometimes take a bit of time before you can find the wifi locations that are suitable for getting your work done. I’m not a fan of eating my meals at fast food chains since they’re unhealthy and restrict you from enjoying native foods on your travels, yet sometimes you have to do what you have to do. I’ve found that popping into one of these familiar places can be a real timesaver, because you can get in quickly and they usually don’t require you to even make a purchase.
Here are some details on seven worldwide chains that offer free wifi. If you can “stomach” it, they can be a real help at times.
No matter where you go in the world, you can probably find a Starbucks. They have over 20,000 stores in over 60 countries, making them the largest coffeehouse chain in the world. It’s generally a pretty good connection too, and it’s only getting better. Starbucks recently partnered up with Google to increase over 7000 US stores’ connection speeds by up to ten times in some locations. If you’re in a rush and need good wifi, I’d recommend making a Starbucks the first place you look.
Need to know if there’s a Starbucks in the country you’re currently in? There probably is. But if not, here’s a global map of countries with Starbucks locations:
Another chain with even more locations than Starbucks is McDonald’s. With more than 34,000 locations in over 115 countries, if you can’t find a McDonalds, you probably aren’t in the developed world. And even though I’m not a fan of eating at them, it’s always fun to visit a McDonald’s in a foreign country to see what’s on the menu and how the inside looks. You’d be surprised how many McDonald’s you could almost mistake for a nice restaurant in Europe.
And in 2010, McDonalds actually became the largest provider of free wifi in the United States after they added it to 11,000 of their 13,000 US locations. So, it’s safe to say that by now you have a good shot of finding it in most, if not all, of their locations. And since McDonald’s $24 billion in revenue makes it the 90th-largest economy in the world, they’re not too worried if you make a purchase or not.
If you’re curious if McDonald’s is in the country you’re in or will be visiting (like Starbucks, it probably is), this is a map of the countries you can find a McDonalds in:
Burger King can be found in 73 countries, but they may be a little stingier about their wifi and require a purchase from what I’ve heard. They also have wifi active in lesser locations than the previous two chains. So if you want it kind of your way, and there are no Starbucks or McDonalds, give Burger King a try.
Here’s a look at what countries have a King…a Burger King:
Subway is making an effort to expand their free wifi and has been adopting it at many of their stores. Unfortunately, an approximate number of Subway locations with wifi could not be found, but you’ve got a good shot at getting a connection with the close to 40,000 locations in over 100 countries, so that’s why it’s been included on this list.
Here’s where you can find Subway:
Wendy’s is worldwide and has wifi, but is probably the last place you’ll want to check out of the other chains mentioned. This is because when they I say “worldwide,” they’re still in far less countries than their competitors, and wifi has only been adopted by their company owned stores. When it comes to the franchised stores, it’s up to the franchise owner.
But they are still the third largest hamburger fast food chain in the world and have over 6,000 locations, so it’s promising.
Here’s the countries that have Wendy’s:
Like Wendy’s, Quiznos wifi is only in company stores, and when it comes to the franchised stores, it’s up to the franchisees. Still they plan on expanding to over 40 countries, so while they don’t have as dense of a population as some of the other stores mentioned, it could be worth a shot if you’re nearby one.
Behold the Quiznos countries:
Not sure if Krispy Kreme can be considered “worldwide” since it’s only in the US and UK, but since it crosses an ocean and has good wifi, I’ll be lenient. This chain delivers their wifi through their “The Cloud” service and strives to be a place people can access the Internet easily. If you’re in the US or UK, Krispy Kreme may be a good spot to look into.
I don’t have a map for Krispy Kreme, but if you need one to know where only two major countries are, you’re probably reading the wrong website.
Anyways, I hope you find Internet when you need it, even if it means consuming 500 calories or more of processed food.
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