These days, travelling is more accessible and more popular than ever before. Even though many of us nerds feel great in the comforting glow of all the screens we have at our homes, you’re probably going to have an overseas trip sooner or later. When you’re travelling, and taking your tech with you, it’s important to know a few things to get the most out of your gadgets, if anything at all!
Know these techie tips & tricks when you’re travelling:
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Change your SIM in Advance
A lot of people will tell you that when you’re travelling to another country, you should simply buy a SIM as soon as possible after getting there, and switch it over. Those people are wrong! Your new Samsung isn’t going to be much use if you run into unexpected problems right off the bat. You may need service as soon as you land, whether it’s to call the hotel you’re booked at, get a taxi, or just let your family know that you’ve arrived safely. Sure, you may be able to buy SIMs at an airport store, but do you really want to lean on that assumption? Get a SIM card before your trip, that will work in the country you’re heading to. You may have to pay a little more than you would, but you’ll have a working phone as soon as you get off the plane.
Prepare for Geo-Restrictions
If you’ve never hit the brick wall of geo-restrictions, then count yourself lucky. Imagine getting off a flight that lasted hours and was characterized by crying babies, getting through the chaos of baggage reclaim, navigating a strange new public transport system and finally getting into your hotel room. The Wi-Fi works, but when you open up Netflix and try to watch that new episode you’ve been thinking of all day, you’re informed that you can’t access the service from your location. This is just one of the examples of how geo-restrictions can get in the way of your streaming and browsing when you’re overseas, and cast a major gloom over your whole trip. There are many ways around this however, like signing up to a VPN and using a proxy server. You can read more at Secure Thoughts.
Get a Reliable Messaging App
While it’s absolutely essential to have a working SIM when you’re travelling, SMS in a new country can be a hassle due to the cost and your new number. Obviously, you’ll want to stay in touch with various people while you’re on your trip, so get some other messaging app that you can rely on. Take Skype, for example. This is available on a range of devices, and only needs an internet connection to work. It’s not tied to your phone number, and can be used to call and message people much more easily than leaning on your new SIM. The catch, of course, is that you can only contact people with the same app, so make arrangements with anyone you’ll want to stay in touch with in advance.
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