The following comment was made to me this morning with respect to this Australian visiting us earlier in the year...
Is there some reason why he didn't consider mobile broadband? Which is the ideal type of broadband for someone moving around tourist style imo...
He did express that he ended up getting a better result from mobile BB.
.au v's .nz mobile BB prices are huge. It's the sort of thing that tourists resent. The fact that his dollar buys 5 of ours is not the point.
We also use different networks here. So if he's using an incompatible network in .au then he'll need a different bit of hardware. Where as wifi is very universal.
But all these this issues really are missing the point.
When you use a digital camera you can snap 4 gigs in a day without any trouble at all.
When you get back to the hotel/motel/B&B, you want to upload that content to your cloud. Just how many times have you read the story of the tourist who gets their camera stolen?
You want to push those snaps to the cloud in 10 minutes while you check your email, plan your evening events and quickly skype your mum to give her an update.
You can't do that on mobile BB even if you want to and are willing to pay the cost ($80 for 4GB?)