How to Find Free Wi-Fi Hotspots When Travelling. Okay, How To Geek is about helping us use our computers and gadgets more efficienetly. However, I take issue with this article about how to find free WiFi when traveling; primarily, because it fails to caution users of these hotspots that they should never connect to them without inserting a VPN in between to anonymize and encrypt the data flow. I have written before that secure MiFi devices from your carrier are well worth the expense, in that they are protected from wandering sniffers. So, find WiFi hotspots if you must. But, glove that sucker with a VPN.