For many people, the news forms an important part of the day. Whether it’s sports, politics, current affairs or simply gossip – human beings for the most enjoy hearing about the world around them. It’s a part of our lives and in some ways creates our very own real-life soap opera which develops every day. The stories link together because they’re part of our shared society and sometimes greatly effect our own lives.
Which is why if you move away from your home area and start watching the news in other areas it’s not quite the same. Even though you may have travelled to the new location, you watch the news with a slight sense of detachment simply because you have spent enough time in the area to belong.
When I used to travel a lot when I was younger in the 1980s, I used to spend ages searching for British newspapers. This was no easy task, although it could be done in most places across the world. Hotels were usually a good bet or shops in expats areas, you’d have little choice usually and the price would be marked up many times. What’s worse the paper would often be a few days out of date depending on how remote the location, Europe was mostly ok for the day after. Yet it was a link, to be able to stay connected to your ‘normal life’ at home while travelling.
Of course now it’s much easier, if you have access to the internet you don’t have that same sense of detachment. In fact you can pretty much live your life remotely in many senses, although it’s never a good idea to announce you’re travelling to much on social media. People who do this often return to find their home has been burgled! Yet you can keep up with all sorts of gossip and local news fairly easily with a laptop or tablet.
There is a drawback though, although most News and media companies stream their broadcasts online mostly they are inaccessible from other countries. It’s not a technical restriction but a restriction imposed by the broadcaster to prevent people watching abroad. For example watching the BBC news online is actually quite difficult outside the UK because it is blocked by the BBC.
There is a solution you need to use VPN or proxy servers to try and hide your real physical location. This works by obscuring your real IP address and presenting the VPN servers address instead. If the address happens to be linked to right country then you should be able to access the site as normal.