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Hi, I'm Delahaye

Welcome to my blog! I'm a scientist by profession but a traveller by birth. Follow me as I balance my 9 to 5 and my thirst for wanderlust and lifestyle.

Hues of Delahaye is a travel and lifestyle blog for females with a 9 to 5. This is where I'll be sharing travel tips, reviews, photography and stories. In the hopes that this will inspire you to travel and live a fuller life. 

   

Ways I Stay Connected Online While Travelling and Avoid Roaming Fees

Ways I Stay Connected Online While Travelling and Avoid Roaming Fees

I’m constantly on my phone on a daily basis, whether in a WhatsApp group chat about an upcoming girls holiday, texting pictures of my cat to a friend or on social media passing time. I'm connected constantly. The same goes for when travelling abroad, I want to stay connected which can be a task in and of itself.

We all want to let our family and friends know where we are in the world and that we are safe, by updating them via social media, Whatsapp, text or phone without incurring ridiculously large phone bill.

For my first trip interrailing through Europe, I used my phone in Croatia, not releasing Croatia was not a part of the EU and received an eye-watering £325 phone bill (I almost cried) when I arrived back in London.

To make sure I stay connected online while travelling without ever getting an astronomical bill like that again, I do the following.

Ways I Stay Connected Online While Travelling and Avoid Roaming Fees

Unlock your phone

 

Gone are the days when you had to unlock your phone via a dodgy looking phone shop and pray for the best. Unlocking your phone allows you to use other SIM cards with your phone while travelling international and is not illegal. You can have your phone unlocked by your network via a text or e-mail these days, with no extra charge to do so. I have my phone unlock and ready to use a few days before I travel.

Buy A Local SIM

 

Once I arrive at my destination I buy a pre-paid local SIM card, I find this the best and cheapest way to stay connected. Websites like Travelersmobile are great for researching different mobile operators for the destination you are visiting and comparing the various tariffs and prepaid cost available.

There is also the rise of international SIMs, yet, these can still be more expensive to use in comparison to a local SIM. The cost of data called and text messages using an international SIM will depend on the country you are visiting. The only upside is you get to keep the same phone number for many countries.

The following networks and companies offer a varying amount of international, data-only and country-specific SIM cards:

GoSIM: GO-SIM provides international mobile network with 3G data in over 120 countries. The card makes it easy for you to track your usage and recharge via their app.

OneSimCard: OneSimCard saves you up to 85% off on roaming charges, with free incoming calls in 162 countries, free incoming text worldwide and 3G/GPRS data in over 130 countries. Data rates start from $0.03/MB but can vary.

WorldSIM: A WorldSim card allows you to access the internet on a pay as you go basis in over 200, free incoming calls in over 95 countries and reduces your international roaming charges by up to 95%. Data rates start from £0.075/MB but can vary.

DataRoam: This an international pre-paid data-only SIM card with data prices varying based on country.

Always check that the SIM card is valid in the country you are travelling to, and how long the SIM card is valid. Some cards are valid for up to 30 days.

 

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Free Wifi

 

I am that person who asks if there is free wifi in the cafe, restaurants, MAC, Sephora (yes, there is free wifi in Sephora). I have stood close enough outside Starbucks and MacDonalds to get their free wifi, I have no shame in that.

Free wifi can be hard to come by in places like Morocco.  I have found these wonderful apps WifiMapper and MandicMagic which work great. These free wifi tracking apps allow you to search the number of nearby wifi network in the countries you are visiting in advance.

I also only book a hotel that has free wifi, it would surprise you that there are hotels that charge for wifi. This is ridiculous, I always check on booking.com under facility if the hotel provides free wifi. Reading the reviews given by previous guests to see if there are time limitations on wifi, which floor are best to stay on or if wifi will be at a snail’s pace at specific times of the day.

You can also check out hotelwifitest.com which is a search engine that ranks hotel with the fastest wifi for a given city.

I have found these apps amazing to text and video call for free:

Whatsapp: This is my favourite apps to use as you can send text, image, video and voice messages using your data only.

Viber: The app allows you to make voice calls using a phone number. You can also send image and have group chats like Whatsapp.

 

Travel Roaming Packages

 

There are many mobile providers, in Europe that offers some great international roaming plans.

O2 TravelO2 Travel provides roaming service for both their pay as you go and monthly customers. For £4.99 you get 120 texts, 120 minutes of calls and data a day. You're charged only for the days you use O2 Travel.

EE Travel Data Pass: Travel Data Pass allows you to use your phone internationally. The plan gives you 500MB of data at £3 per day in select Europe Zone, £4 in the USA & Canada, and £5 in nine other countries.

Three Feel at HomeThree allows users to spend their normal UK allowance of minutes, texts, and data when they travel, now in 42 countries worldwide at now extra charge.

In summary staying connected online while travelling the world doesn't need to cost you a second mortgage if you following the tips above.

 

Ways I Stay Connected Online While Travelling & Avoid Roaming Fees

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