Travel Tips: Using Technology while Traveling

Like me, you probably are going to use your smartphone and laptop, while traveling.    Here are some useful tips I have picked up over the years:

  • 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.


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Got any other tips?  If so, please leave a comment below or contact me.  Thanks!


About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER ( While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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