Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Traveling Internationally? Read on...

When planning an international trip, a few tips:
- Check with your cell provider about service to the country/countries you're planning to visit. They'll probably say: "We provide international data while you travel."
Question is: is it HIGH-SPEED data? Probably not. Then you'll need to purchase their "enhanced" data package, usually at some crazy price (in Sprint's case: $25/week). If you're like me and don't want to pay that, read on...

- BEFORE leaving your country, ask your cell provider if a "SIM Unlock Code" is needed to use a different company's SIM card. This code allows one to get a local SIM card at destination, often with better data and international rates (Telstra had a special offer in-airport here in Australia: AU$20 for unlimited calling to/from USA/Canada/others, and 35gig data for 35 days!).

I didn't know such a code was needed for my carrier (Sprint), and am now trying to deal with this via email over excruciatingly slow roaming data (it's too slow to handle online chat).

- Noise canceling headphones. Just do it. Spend the money, get decent ones (as of this post, Bose QuietComfort 35 II or 700, Sony WH-1000XM3 are the frontrunners). I got mine used on craigslist for nearly half-price. Incredible how much quieter these make the journey, especially for those of us flying in the back!

Happy Traveling! Signed,
Learn From My Mistakes/Experience

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