Hello Travel Junkies!
I just returned home from a 3½-week Asia trip last month, where I visited three countries and six cities. A difficulty with these trips is typically the dreaded situation of mobile roaming. Let's face it, we cannot live without our phones these days, especially if we are in an unfamiliar part of the world. Your data enabled phone can be your navigator, translator and likely savior.
The litmus test came during my first stop in South Korea. Upon landing and when our Captain told us to take off our seat belts in Korean, I assumed it was an OK for me to use my phone. I powered on my phone, went into the app, and waited for about three minutes, and then micro-panicked as nothing happened. Suddenly, magical technology started working. Huzzah! The SIM sticker took over my SIM and it knew I was in another country. Data was giving me smooth sailings. My chances of surviving in another country has dramatically increased.
Throughout my trip, I probably spent about $75 USD on data through KnowRoaming (I am addicted to my phone, I know) and spent $25 USD on getting the actual card. So all in all, it was a worthwhile $100 USD investment. Savings really came through with the free Whatsapp messaging for 30 days as I was a new user. So it was relatively cheaper than other plans I have looked at. I still stayed vigilant to prowled for free Wi-Fi as it became part of my lifestyle in Asia. As the data had saved my butt many times, I think it's safe to say that this is my personal Top Tech of the Month.
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