Traveling Technology – Using your phone abroad.

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  1. onlybyland says:

    As a European we have a completely different system to you guys. I do admit on my Alaska cruise I bought an AT&T SIM which gave me random access to the internet in the middle of the sea sometimes. One thing I do take which you didn’t mention is a portable phone charger so I can charge even when I don’t have access to an electrical outlet. You are right though, we should have time away from the phone when on vacation!

  2. Stacey says:

    I made the mistake of using data roaming through Colombia last week…. 200US later and I’ve learned my lesson, always invest in a sim card now matter how long you’re away for! I always take a power pack to charge on the go but I definitely try and get off of it while travelling to make the most of it

  3. Thanks for some amazing tips that many of us often miss out on because they might seem simple. When planning to use phones abroad one has to take in account all the different voltages and plugs and of course the entire data roaming vs buying local debate. With free wifi becoming more popular I hope that can be avoided in the future.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Now phone use has become such a necessity that we have to figure out a way to continue that coverage wherever we are! It is especially important for parents who need to keep up with kids. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Hendrik says:

    Absolutely essential tips, completely agree! There is nothing worse to be forced to find an electronic shop, totally stressed just to buy some overprices equipment to stay “digitally alive”. I would maybe also mention a power bank, at least since I am using iPhone 6 with maaany energy consuming apps, the phone would not last even half a day on its own battery. But as said, otherwise all great tips here, thank you for sharing this!

  5. Interesting! Half the time I don’t think about bringing a converter and just using my plug adapter – often forget about different voltages in different countries. I’m not on a phone plan (just use WIFI when it’s available) so maybe I might think about looking at phone plans!

    So many useful tips here. I’ll be sure to keep this in mind for my next trip!

  6. Some really great tips! I’m about to head to Cuba and this reminded me I needed to do research on the adapters. I also appreciate your tip about bringing more than one. I went abroad with just one and definitely had to track down more just to keep up with everything I needed to charge.

  7. Janine Good says:

    I use my phone while abroad, though not too much with minutes as it costs a fortune. I was quite annoyed the last trip I did that the cost of use in the USA for me was upward $900! I had to phone them to get it sorted as they didn’t inform me of plans (my provider in Canada.) I wish I had read your article before I left for these pointers! 🙂

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