5 Simple Ways To Stay Connected While Overseas

by - 7/18/2019

Traveling abroad is one of the most enriching experiences of our lives. As long as we are away from our family, friends, and co-workers, it’s essential to stay connected with them. Back in the day, staying connected was not easy due to lack of technology and poor Wi-Fi signals. Today technology has evolved and it’s never been any easier to communicate with our loved ones. Here are the 5 simple ways to stay connected on your travels. 
Buy a Local SIM 
Local SIM cards are the go-to options to make calls and use the internet on your travel. They offer good quality voice and good internet speed and local minutes as well. If you’re traveling to a single such as the USA, Thailand, China, Canada, Australia, etc. local SIM cards are really cost effective. You can obtain a SIM after arriving at the destination from the airport. Registration of the SIM generally requires your passport. You can discard the SIM on your return. 
International SIM cards
An alternative to buying a local SIM is to purchase an international SIM card in advance. TSIM offers really good SIMs at very low prices. Many of the SIMs are cheaper than what you get at the airport. International SIM cards come handy when you’re traveling to multi-country. For e.g., Europe SIM card and Global SIM card. This helps you to bypass the hassles of activation and documentation at the airport. 
Portable Wi-Fi device 
If a SIM card isn’t your thing, then you have an alternative to it. Traveling with a portable Wi-Fi device makes sense if you have heavy internet usage, and if you’re carrying your laptop. Countries where public Wi-Fi isn’t reliable, this device comes across quite handy. This is an excellent option if you’re travelling with other people and have multiple devices to connect. 


Activate International Roaming

The most pain-free way to stay connected on your travel is to activate international roaming on your existing number, though it comes with a price. The bundles offered by our home network carriers are very expensive and the bills are likely to give you a heart attack. However, if you can’t afford to change your number and need to make frequent work-related calls then this is the only option you’ve got to stick to. 
Rely on public/hotel Wi-Fi 

Lastly, you can say no to all the above option and rely completely on Wi-Fi in your hotel and public spaces. Wi-Fi is pretty widespread in most countries like the US, Thailand, Canada, and Australia. While there are countries such as Brazil, Sri Lanka, Egypt, and Turkey where Wi-Fi isn’t accessible as easily. Don’t forget to Google the Wi-Fi accessibility in the country you’re traveling if you’re considering this option. 

The following apps will let you stay in touch when you have access to Wi-Fi: Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Google Duo, FaceTime (for Apple users), and Facebook. 

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22 comments

  1. Nice post , the idea of having international Sim Card is good , staying connected with WiFi of airport and hotels is also a good idea.

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  2. With the technology advancing so much over the years, a portable wifi device always comes handy when overseas. Rest is done by the various online apps which help communicating.

    Utpal Khot

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  3. This is a helping hand post for all those who are planning for a trip to abroad... Being connected with family & friends is important & you have put a light on nice topic.

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  4. This post has really great pointers for travelling abroad.even i m going nxt mnth for the frst international trip


    Komal

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  5. Such a helpful post. My cousin stays connected with us via local Sim. Portable wifi is also a great option.

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  6. So agree with your post, when in hotel I always use hotel Wi-Fi, especially all the updates and downloads

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  7. This is a treat. And a great post. Most of the times connecting with our fam and friends when they holiday abroad is difficult. This helps

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  8. Staying connected while traveling is always so important. Thanks to technology this is relatively simple and possible in most parts of the world.

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  9. I need to buy a portable wifi whivh works.Its a pain to swich phones.Thos post was very helpful

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  10. A great and much needed article to assist new traveller's so they keep in touch with their lived ones.

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  11. I need to buy a portable wifi which works.Its a pain to switch phones.This post was very helpful.

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  12. Very good tips you have shared.. Staying in wi-fi hotel ,portable wi-fi ,international since card is one of those great ideas .

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  13. I was relying on international roaming and hotel wifi during my international trip but portable wifi is something everyone should try.

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  14. Now a days staying connected is a must. Thanks for sharing this. Portable wifi is my to go thing when overseas.

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  15. Staying connected while traveling is very important. I use hotel WiFi most of the times.

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  16. Whenever I am traveling abroad i prefer getting local sim or I rely on hotel wifi connectivity .

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  17. These are some amazing tips to stay connected with loved ones back home while traveling abroad. Portable wifi really works for us too.

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  18. Indeed, Getting a local SIM is the best option to stay connected with the world even on travel. Loved reading such informative travel blogs. Thank you for sharing :)

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  19. Such useful tips. I always buy an international SIM from the airport, after landing that is.

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  20. Awesome tips for a travel bug like me.. Next
    Time will surely keep them in mind

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  21. Most of the places have free Wi-Fi now a days, but I don't trust them for my data to stay safe. I generally pick a local SIM card.

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  22. It's amazing how much has changed in such a short amount of time! I remember traveling more than 10 years ago and not even being able to purchase sim cards because devices were always locked to your network. These days I love the portable wifi. I used one last year and it was perfect all round. Great reception wherever I went and I stayed in constant communication. I'm opting for this again on my next travels.

    Sxx
    daringcoco.com

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