by Mark Albert
Using a cell phone in a country other than the one you live in can quickly eat up any money you saved using our tips to snatch up a great airfare deal.
Since we don’t want that to happen, here’s how to avoid international roaming fees on your next trip.
How to Avoid Roaming Fees
We used to do what many travelers do: call up our phone provider, tell them where we’re going, pay $30, $40, or $50 for an international roaming, calling, and data package and leave it at that.
While abroad, we’d watch our data usage like a hawk, only checking necessary email accounts, rarely using apps, and trying to only check web pages at a wifi hot spot. Or you could buy a local SIM card if you were going to be at a destination for awhile, but that can be a hassle and doesn’t really work for shorter trips.
Whatever you do, don’t just do nothing: some major U.S. cell phone carriers are charging in excess of $2 USD for a megabyte of international data or $8 for data on cruise ships. So surfing one webpage for one minute can set you back approximately $10 (5MB) just like that.
Talk about sticker shock.
Several innovations can now save travelers lots of money. And we no longer have to call up our phone provider to add on a data plan.