Global travel is a fact of life in the modern world, whether you’re attending an international business conference, taking a quick city break with your partner, or spending your gap year backpacking around the world. Whatever the reason for your travels, you’ll want to be able to use your mobile devices while you go: scheduling meetings, finding a unique restaurant, or calling home to reassure your parents you’re being safe and sensible (even if you’re not) are all much easier if you’ve got a smartphone to hand.
If you don’t plan ahead, you could find yourself stuck with a nasty surprise in the form of a big bill: mobile networks charge heavily for roaming, especially for data, ironically as this is what will be most valuable to you in an unfamiliar country.
We’ve put together a few tips to help you save money on your phone and tablet while you travel, so you can enjoy your holidays without dreading your phone bill at the end.
There are lots of ways to get full use of your phone without being connected to your 4G and carrier signals. Switching to Airplane Mode could save you money, and be a blessing in disguise.
If you’re travelling for business you can expect your destination, be that a conference venue or office, to have a Wi-Fi network available. Apps like Skype, WhatsApp and even Facebook Messenger can give you text, voice and Face-to-Face call options, drawing from the local Wi-Fi rather than using your network so you can meet all your communication needs without incurring roaming charges.
If you’re travelling for pleasure, you can plan your day using your hotel Wi-Fi network or a local cafe. Take screenshots of the routes you want to travel and places you want to visit, then refer to your gallery and pack in plenty of tourist fun without using a single byte of data. Without the temptation to constantly check for updates on text.
Funding From Home
One way to help keep your travels sustainably priced is to look to your support networks at home for extra funding or contributions. If you’re travelling for work, this is your boss, team leader or HR Department. If you’re a student, this is your family back home. Either way, both have got good reasons to want to make sure you remain connected to the outside world, and can contact them.