Some people are born to travel. When they’re away from home, no matter what the reason, they are full of energy and are “on” all the time. After meetings on a business trip, they go out for drinks. After touring ancient ruins on a vacation, they explore the local culture.
But most of us need balance. I know that whether I’m traveling for work or pleasure, I need some downtime. One of the best ways to relax is by watching TV. Specifically, something that’s familiar, that will ground me.
That’s not always easy, especially in countries where the official language is anything other than English. Not only will their local TV channels not have what you want to watch, but their streaming services won’t even have the same content.
Don’t despair. There are ways to stream US TV series even when you’re relatively far from home.
These are the most effective ways to stream US TV shows while traveling abroad.
Streaming services have long been a favorite for those who are unwilling to pay high prices for cable. It offers a quick, easy way to (legitimate) watch series without having to first download them. It uses, in most cases, torrent technology to stream from peers, providing an experience that is usually seamless.
You may have qualms about using VPNs in general, as it is circumventing regional restrictions of businesses. However if you travelling a lot and simply don’t have access to your accounts due to your regional position at that moment, than using VPNs is more than fair.
Talking about VPNs…
Use VPNs for streaming services
VPNs do not only hide who you are. They hide your location, and can be used to pretend that you’re in another city or country altogether. So, while you may be traveling in Asia, you could make it look like you’re still in the US.
This way, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, and other streaming websites will let you watch as usual.
The one problem is that some streaming services, including Netflix, have gone to great lengths to block people using VPNs from streaming their content. However, there are still many VPNs that manage to get past the Netflix block. ExpressVPN and NordVPN are just two examples.
You should be using a VPN in any case, for security reasons, but that’s a discussion for another day. For now, suffice it to say that the +-$10 per month is well worth what you’re getting, and you can get great deals if you pay per annum.
As mentioned, you should be using a VPN even if you are using Popcorn Time to stream, as authorities may try to hold you accountable for using such services. This is certainly important if you’re downloading torrents.
Traveling overseas can be stressful, and good downtime watching your favorite TV shows can ease the pressure. The above methods will help you watch US TV series no matter where in the world you are.