I like the countryside, much more quiet and relaxing than cities, especially for vacation. Slight disadvantage one has to live with, though, is that 3G signal quality is often not very strong. I am at the Côte d’Azur at the moment in between Monaco and Menton in a house outside the small villages along the coast. As in previous cases, 3G coverage is non existent at desktop level but quite o.k. only a few feet above the desk. I am glad that instead of a PC card I took my Motorola V3xx HSDPA mobile with me which can be nicely attached to the window. The USB cable makes all the difference in reception quality. Data rates are excellent (*) even in such a cell edge case.
For worse conditions I have a 2m (6 feet) USB extension cable 🙂 For PC card owners I strongly recommend buying an external antenna with a similar cable length before going on vacation.
(*) My connection speed is around 400 kbit/s but not because the radio link could not support more but because my connection is throttled by the operator.