If you've traveled outside the US, you'll soon realize once you cozy up into your hotel room that Hulu and Netflix aren't working on your laptop (ok, Netflix pops up in some random foreign language), nor is Pandora... or Spotify depending on where you are. The horror. What's one to do without all of these incredible entertainment resources? And why are they blocked? Dear Lord Why?! A lot of it has to do with copyright laws either in the US or the country you're in. So there's no point in complaining on Hulu's Facebook page or starting a "Get Pandora in Brazil," campaign.
For these reasons, we have tech geeks all over the world, who have found ways around this, and now the rest of the world is enjoying all of the can't-live-without programming Americans are as well.
Here are 2 solutions to at least the TV programming and music problems whilst traveling abroad and not finding entertainment in a language you understand easily...
Watch Hulu or Netflix
This will change your life forever. Media Hint is an extension that works for both Chrome and Firefox. All you have to do is download it, and refresh your browser. Ta-da! Log in to Hulu or Netflix, and you're redirected to the US site!
Listen to Pandora or Spotify
Pandora also works with Media Hint, but there's actually something better out there. Jango is a mix of Spotify and Pandora. You can create your own radio stations, pick one of theirs, put in an artist, and since it's an international site - you find a lot more international music. Beyond that, they have a great app which, when logged in, memorizes your station. Perfect for taking your music from the office to the gym, to aimless wandering and people watching in cities around the world.
If all else fails. Take a walk outside. There's sure to be tons of stuff going on, no matter where you are!