In the year 2015 you want to stay connected to the world. You might need it for work or only for fun. Or as a tool with maps and directions to find your way around a foreign country. If you ever used your phone abroad you probably noticed that it’s crazy expensive. That’s because carriers are run by terrible people.
Prepaid Data SIM
The cheapest way to get online is to buy a SIM card from a local provider.
The packages you can get obviously vary from country to country. The best way to find a suitable card for your needs is to use the Prepaid Data SIM Card Wiki. It’s a wiki about data sims in a ton of countries. Just choose the country you’re going to and you get a list of what different providers there are, what they offer and where you can buy it. Prices are usually very reasonable and you can get a wide range of different data packages. Make sure you choose the right SIM card size for your phone. That’s forgotten very easily.
Additionally to the SIM card I also carry a Huawei E5372 in my bag. That’s a mobile router which turns you into a walking hotspot. Just throw in a SIM card and connect your devices to it over Wi-Fi. You can connect up to 10 devices to it and then surf over LTE. If you’re in a hotel where you can only connect to the Wi-Fi with one device you can also connect with this one and then connect up to 10 devices to it. That’s for you you terrible hotels out there!
Rely on Wi-Fi
If you don’t need internet with you everywhere you go, you could also rely solely on Wi-Fi hotspots. Wi-Fi is almost everywhere these days but that doesn’t mean it’s very fast or comfortable to use. And I also said “almost” so there are definitely places where you won’t find any Wi-Fi. If you’re using a public Wi-Fi hotspot I highly recommend securing your traffic with a VPN service like Cloak. It’s very simple but only works on Macs and iOS devices. If you don’t live in that world I can’t really recommend anything for you but Google will help you for sure. We don’t want to make it too easy for hackers, do we?
Buy Roaming Packages
This is always advertised by providers to be the cheapest way to access the internet abroad. In 99.9% of the cases that’s not true and you’re way better off buying a local SIM card. Just don’t trust your provider.
You could also just leave your phone at home and unwind without the internet so won’t have to worry about all the things above. Ah, that sounds nice..