International Travel Tip #1: Use Skype to Call Home
Here’s a nice international travel tip for you. Making phone calls while traveling internationally no longer has to be this big expense. I recently completed my first long business trip without my wife. I decided before I left that I needed to have something in place to be able to call home without much expense. I turned to Skype.
Skype is a program you can download that will allow you to make calls through your computer free to another computer. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection. They even have a free video option if you’re computer has a web cam. I was able to use this feature and hang out with my wife virtually every evening for free. It was really great.
Skype will also allow you to call a land line back in the States for ridiculously cheap rates. Somewhere around 2 cents per minute if I recall.
International Travel Tip #2: Buy a Pre-paid SIM Card
Okay, so here’s another international travel tip: Let’s say you’re traveling internationally and you don’t have internet access and/or a computer. What’s your next best option. Because using your own cell phone can get really expensive with the roaming charges, I recommend purchasing a pre-paid SIM (Subscriber Information Module) card and dummy phone, if needed.
This can be purchased in the country your traveling to, or you can buy it before you leave through A company like Telestial, who will sell you a pre-paid phone and/or SIM card you can use overseas. That way you don’t have to bother trying to find one when you get there.
International Travel Tip #3: Buy a Calling Card
Instead of paying ridiculous fees for making calls from the hotel, buy an international calling card when you arrive in the country you’re traveling to. International calling cards aren’t available in every country, but can be a very inexpensive alternative, in the instance you can’t use Skype or a pre-paid SIM card.
Can you think of some other international travel tips in regards to making phone calls? Let me hear them in the comments below.