Planning a trip can become stressful depending how you approach it. When it comes to traveling, you need to ask yourself the following:
- What is the purpose of my traveling?
- Special Event- Oktoberfest, Concert, Birthday, Festival
- Party?- Clubs, Bars, Meeting people
- SightSee?- monuments, famous landmarks, culture
- Outdoor- hiking, walking tours, beach, photography
- Type of Travel?
- How many days do I want to travel? How much PTO needed?
- Friday off
- Monday off
- Both Friday and Monday off
- No PTO (Friday night-Sunday night)
- Where do you want to go?
- Central/South America
- How much money can I spend? Go where the deals can take you
- Under $400 roundtrip
- Daily Budget
- Max allocations for food, accomodations, transportation, activities, entertainment
- Type of Accommodation
- Hostels- budget friendy, cheapest solo cost.
- Hotel- group travel, split costs
- Air BnB- private home/apartment, “off the grid”, larger groups, “upgraded” experience
- Public Transit: Day Passes
- Experience a city in 6 hours
- Cash or Credit
- Overseas Phone Usage
My first time backpacking in Europe, I had no clue how the phones worked overseas. When I researched about it, I ran into complex information about international SIM cards, fees, minutes/data rates, etc. It all seemed too complicated, so I opted out from using any phone service my first time traveling. Now, I found a better way to use your phone just like you would use it in the United States without the headache of roaming fees.
Below I’m going to explain the “convenient”,less complicated route to use your phone.
- Check which phone service provider you have
- Check their international plans
AT&T: $10/day, Take your talk, text, and data plan to over 100 countries for a low daily fee. Pay the daily fee only for the days you use abroad. Get unlimited calls within International Day Pass countries and back to the U.S. and unlimited texts to the world at no additional charge.
I personally have AT&T, so I can only speak for my experience using them. Yes, you can use your phone plan in over 100 countries for only $10/day. This was most useful in being able to use Google Maps in order to find my way around each country I visited. You can also have the convenience of using your social media apps (Instagram, snapchat, facebook, twitter) on the go without worrying about data fees. $10 a day might sound expensive compared to how much you pay for your monthly bill, but it is definitely less expensive than paying roaming fees.
VERIZON: $10 a day per line in more than 130 countries, you can take your domestic talk, text and data allowances with you. You’re only charged on the days you use your device abroad. It’s an economical way to stay connected while you travel.This appears to be the same deal that AT&T offers.
T-MOBILE: With T-Mobile ONE and Simple Choice North America Plans, unlimited data and texting is included at no extra charge in over 140 countries. You do have to pay 0.20/minute for talk.
This is the most cost effective international plan compared to AT&T and Verizon, but they limit your data speeds under 2G (128kbps). It’s still a good deal since you do not have to pay any daily fees.
SPRINT: 20¢ per minute Free text, Free data up to 2G speeds in over 130 countries. Must have a LTE/GSM smartphone. For HIGH SPEED data rates:
Most destinations: $5/day OR $25/week
Canada & Mexico: $2/day OR $10/week
China: $10/day OR $50/week
Sprint has hybrid options compared to the other 3 service providers. Like T-Mobile, you automatically get free text and data speeds up to 2G in over 130 countries without any extra fees, but still have a 0.20/minute talk. They offer high speed data for only $5 a day except for Canada, Mexico, and China. This is twice as cheap than AT&T and Verizon’s $10 a day pass.
Overall, it does not matter which phone service you use, you can still have a more convenient way to use your phone service without the hassle of expensive roaming fees. For most of my travels, I’m only gone for 2-4 days. So the most I will pay is $40 bucks for total phone usage in the countries I visit.
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