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How to stay connected when you travel

Travelling can be fun, but it can also make you homesick for your friends and family. Plus, bragging in real time is much better than when you return home. So here are some tips on how to stay connected while you travel.




Buying a local SIM card will allow you to get in touch with various services in the country that you are visiting. At the same time, it will probably be easier to call home with a foreign SIM card rather than use your regular one with roaming. If you have trouble understanding the local lingo, you can use a translation service like The Word Point to help you translate.



Consider an international phone plan if you don’t want to buy a local SIM card. Such plans, however, are not available for every country, so you need to do enough research to know what you are getting in.



Portable wi-fi devices allow you to carry your own personal wi-fi with you. If you need a connection both for your phone and for your laptop (and maybe even for your tablet or any other devices), this will be the perfect choice for you instead of a mobile network your SIM card gives you.


The disadvantages of having a portable wi-fi device, of course, are that it will cost some money and not everyone needs a connection for a number of devices. Weigh all the pros and cons before you decide to buy such a device.



You could simply use local wi-fi spots if none of the options mentioned above fit your needs. Many such spots will be public ones, but some of them (e.g. in your hotel) will be more secure than others, so you will be safer using them.



Once you’re hooked up to the Wi-Fi, some of the most effective channels for communication, are messaging apps and social media. They ensure that you get messages fast and can reply just as quickly. They’re cheaper than SMS and are less likely to annoy those in different time zones (turn your notifications off when you travel to avoid being awoken by annoying alerts).


Cynthia Young loves taking every opportunity to share her knowledge with others. Along with digital marketing, Cynthia is also passionate about personal growth and wellness. When she isn’t writing, she can be found hiking with her dog, cooking Thai cuisine, and enjoying hi-tech thrillers. She also frequently writes articles on the company The Word Point translation service.



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Written by: Cynthia Young
Published: 18 December 2019

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