How to Live Without Internet Access

by eHow Internet Editor

The Internet is a useful tool for communication through email and instant messaging, finding information and other resources and for just killing free time. When you find yourself without Internet access for one reason or another you're not sure you'll survive without it. If you don't have Internet access in your home, don't panic. There are a number of survival strategies to help you live without it. Read on to learn how to live without Internet access.

Learn where free wireless is available in your area. Usually libraries and other public services will have either free wireless or computers open for public use. Other spots that offer Wi-Fi such as coffee shops, restaurants and even fast food places are increasingly prevalent.

Prepare ahead of time if you know you need to visit a wireless location to use the Internet. If you need to send some emails, for example, prepare the emails ahead of time so that you can complete all of your tasks quickly in a single visit.

Find a phone book. If you have lost track of your phone book because of the ease of looking up numbers and information online, locate a new phone book to have on hand.

Call people rather than send an email or instant message. You might even find that you prefer talking to your friends and family.

Go to the mall or shopping center to shop rather than using online sites. They may not have the same selection available online, but you'll have the convenience of seeing products and trying them out. Ask an employee if a store doesn't have a product that you need. The store may be able to order it for you, and you won't have to pay shipping costs.

Complete all of your work at your office rather than bringing it home. If you leave your work at the office, you'll find that your need for Internet resources and email decreases substantially.

Invest in a good encyclopedia, dictionary and other reference materials for the home. If you need to look something up, use one of these reference volumes.

Read, see or hear the news. Get your news from newspapers, television and radio broadcasts. You can most likely find TV stations and magazines to replace any Internet searches for celebrity gossip, cooking tips, sports news and any other interest.