When we leave for destinations abroad, staying in contact with back home is often the furthest thing from our minds. We are traveling to get away after all. However, there are just some times that we must be able to stay in contact with home. For example, making sure everything is ok at home or just talking to a family member to let them know you are ok. While it is generally quite simple to stay in contact, it can also be quite pricey if you are unaware of fees associated with your method of contact making it one of the most common complaints. For this reason, it is up to you to know how you can stay informed and keep others informed without spending your paycheck to do so.
Avoiding International Roaming Charges
The first thing you need to do is to check with your phone company to see if your phone will work abroad. If it does, you need to find out if you can switch to a plan that will temporarily allow you to international call service included. If you are traveling for a short time, some phone companies will offer you a short term plan which can save you roaming charges and money. It is important to note however, that data and phone service are two different things and you may still lose out if you use data.
If your company does not have international service, you may also consider purchasing a disposable phone and a prepaid international calling card to ensure you know exactly how much you are spending.
You can avoid phones altogether and fees as well if you choose something such as Skype. Skype is free and can offer you the cost effective solution for your contact issues back home.
Be social if nothing else. If you have internet access, try facebook or email to keep your loved ones informed. Again free as long as you have the internet and easy to do.
Keep an emergency phone and let your loved ones know how to contact you in case of emergency and enjoy being away from the phone most of your journey, it is a luxury most of us never get in the fast paced world today.
How do you balance between staying connected and getting away when you travel?
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