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We love to travel and do it as much as possible. During our trips we try to keep in touch with both of our families as much as we can. I wrote a post a little while back about ways to stay in touch when you live faraway touching on this topic because so many other families were asking how we do it. Because connecting with our families and friends back home can be quite expensive, but phone calls are often the fastest way to get in touch, I’ve summed up our ways to save on phone costs when traveling.
Keeping in Touch through the Internet
Look for as many WiFi spots as possible! Some countries are better than others. You may be surprised which have high connectivity. For example in Italy finding good WIFI is difficult but in Bulgaria? It’s everywhere! Using internet on your cellphone is very expensive when traveling, so using WiFi as much as possible is a good alternative. WiFi can be found in restaurants, lounges, theme parks and other public places that attract a lot of people. One place that almost always has free WIFI? McDonald’s. Seriously, even if you hate the food, order a coffee and get your WIFI fix. Other times you may have to pay for your WiFi connection, but most of the time it’s free. You can keep in touch through social media, special calling apps (like Viber, Skype or Tango) or through Skype!
When WiFi isn’t Available
Of course WiFi isn’t available everywhere and sometimes you do wish you could share your moments with your friends and family. The easiest way is to call and share your updates.. Phone carriers usually charge extra for international calls. A much cheaper and easier way to keep in contact is buying a prepaid SIM card for your phone and charging it online through a site like Recharge.com. This website allows you to buy credit for your cellphone for national and international carriers. You can buy a prepaid SIM for a local carrier or for a special carrier that offers low costs for international calls and recharge the time through the website. If you’re in a country where there is a language barrier this is an easy way to get your phone topped off without having to play charades in the shop!
Does someone in your family already have a prepaid SIM? You can also buy credit for them so they can call you too!
These are just two ways to save money and keep in contact with your loves ones – I’d love to hear any other phone hacks that you use while on the road!