I don’t know about you, but I love to post my travels online in as close to real-time as possible. I do it for several reasons – to let my readers experience the place as it happens, to allow my friends and family to know where I am at, to connect with people while I am abroad in some of the places I visit.
But then there is also the dreaded “roaming” charges. They can add up fast if you are not careful!
So this is what I do, and have suggested my guests do, while they travel to some of our destinations, so they can use their devices.
1) Go online for free. How, you ask? Utilize free wi-fi when and where every possible. When we travel on our Travel Experiences, we have wi-fi available in our vehicles, so that makes it easy for our guests. Some hotels and restaurants do as well so that is handy! But if you want to be online, ALL the time….see the next suggestion.
2) Get a local SIM card. First off, you need to make sure your phone is unlocked. This enables you to use any carrier’s SIM card. Most countries require you to register yourself with the country by giving your passport info and such. Below are listed the countries that FOLLOW YOUR HEART travels to:
In Turkey, the easiest way is to buy a local prepaid SIM. Once you land in Turkey, you can find a mobile phone shop, decide on a short-term mobile plan, purchase a SIM, have it installed, and use it for up to 120 days while you travel in Turkey. The local rates are almost always cheaper than international roaming rates.
You can read more here.
In Morocco, you buy a cheap Morocco cellphone or get a prepaid SIM at the airports or in cell shops in the city centers and medinas. In Italy, it’s the same sort of process. TripAdvisor has some info here. Greece has similar procedures, as listed here. And Spain here are prepaid options.
In the Philippines, it is easy – you buy a prepaid SIM card from any of the carriers at almost any type of shop or convenience store, and use their bundle promos. You don’t have to register yourself-you simply buy the card and go.
It’s cheaper to use a local prepaid SIM in Portugal. Simply go to one of the network provider’s shops. Here you will be asked for your name and address but no proof of address is required. They may wish to photocopy your passport or ID card.
Unless your home country carrier has killer roaming deals, then this is definitely an option for you!
Hope this was handy! See you next Tuesday for more Travel Tips. 🙂
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