One of the biggest conundrums in travel is that almost everyone uses a smartphone whenever they go abroad, but nobody wants to incur the exorbitant roaming charges imposed by their home carrier.
Our preferred strategy for circumventing those undesirable overseas roaming charges is to purchase a prepaid SIM card from a local mobile carrier in all of the foreign countries that we visit.
Electricity. It’s vital for many of you travelling in today's modern world.
You need it to keep the fan, aircon or other appliances running in your hotel room and you use it virtually every day to charge your cameras, phones, laptops, iPads and other electronic devices.
In our article about everything travellers need to know before choosing a VPN, we discussed many aspects of VPNs; what they are, how they work, why they’re necessary for travellers and all the factors you need to take into consideration if you’re to choose the best one for your needs.
In this article we just cut to the chase and tell you the 5 VPN services that we feel are the best of the bunch for travellers.
In a previous post we addressed many of the basic questions about power banks, also known as external battery packs or portable USB chargers.
We discussed what they are, a bit about their history, why they’re becoming so essential for travel and the most important factors to consider when buying one for the road.
In another related article on How To Choose The Perfect E-reader For Travel we wrote at length on the subject of e-readers from a traveller's perspective.
In that article we covered:
Nowadays, when you go abroad, you probably take a smartphone and maybe a digital camera with you to document your trip and capture those special moments through photos or videos (or both).
Now this data is obviously extremely precious, since for many people it is the only record that they will have of their trip, the only proof that it ever happened.
Many of you may already know something about VPNs and are probably curious to learn a little more about them.
If this is your first time hearing the term 'VPN' and you regularly browse the web while travelling, then you'll want to pay attention.
More and more hotels and guesthouses around the world seem to be offering free WiFi nowadays to their travelling guests.
Now this sounds great, at least in theory, but how often do you end up in a room that’s so far away from the router that you can’t even see the hotel’s wireless network in your device settings, let alone connect to it?
Less than a decade ago when physical guidebooks were all the rage, many travellers had never even heard of power banks (portable battery chargers) let alone travelled with one.
That’s because power banks only sprung into existence fairly recently and didn't become a widespread phenomenon until just a few years ago. There simply wasn't a pressing need for their existence before.
Books and travel have always gone hand in hand.
Guidebooks keep a traveller informed while other types of books keep a traveller entertained during extended bus or train journeys.
Books can even be the perfect travel companion for solo travellers.
But in the not so distant past, maintaining a decent supply of fresh and stimulating reading material on the road was a great challenge for many a traveller.