- Get an international phone plan if you plan to use your phone overseas. Otherwise, use wifi. The problem with the latter is that most places don’t offer it for free.
- Consider getting a SIM card if you are traveling overseas. You can use this card in your iPhone without halving to “unlock” it. I understand that iphonetrip is the best company to obtain SIM cards.
- Dial +1 and the area code and number to reach mom back home. If you have an iPhone, press “0” until +1 shows up.
- Got an iPhone and want to use Face Time? You can chat or talk using FaceTime for free if both you and the call recipient have a newer iPhone and wifi. Use the “Message” app do this.
- Download “WhatsApp” to text others free of charge anywhere around the world. You and the call recipient must have this app installed and have access to wifi.
- Download the “TripIt” app to your smartphone. You can organize all of your travel plans (flights, hotels. cars, etc) into one document by sending confirmations to TripIt.
- Don’t get bogged down with travel apps. Some of them are good but most are junk. I prefer to spend my time seeing the world then looking at a travel to determine the best Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood. Instead. talk to the staff at your hotel or research this stuff in advance.
- Purchase a universal adaptor so that you can use your electronica while traveling overseas. There is no need for a converter unless you have an old hairdryer.
- Get a small, 6 port power strip for traveling abroad. Many hotels (especially older ones) only have one or two outlets.
- How to Beat Roming Fees while Traveling Abroad – New York Times, August 2011
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