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There’s nothing I love more than traveling. Unfortunately, this means that I often find myself in situations where I’m away from my phone and computer for long periods. When this happens, it’s incredibly important that I stay connected with family and friends back home. Luckily there are several ways to do so without having to worry about roaming charges or unreliable service. In this post, we’ll go over some tips and tricks for staying connected while traveling outside the United States:

Stay close to one of your phones.

  • Don’t leave it in your hotel room, or anywhere else where you can’t keep an eye on it. If a thief wants to steal your phone, the easiest way to do that is by taking it out of your sight.
  • Don’t leave it in the car. Thieves often look for valuables inside parked cars and break windows to get at them—especially if there’s something valuable sitting right on top of the dashboard where you can see it from outside.
  • Don’t leave it in a restaurant or bar (or any other place with free Wi-Fi). There are plenty of ways for hackers to get access to the network at these places just by standing nearby and using your device’s Wi-Fi signal as a conduit into their computers or phones (the same way someone could use another computer connected through Ethernet). You don’t want criminals getting access to all the data—and sensitive information—on your phone when they could just as easily use a public network instead!

Remember to bring your international adapters so you can charge your phone, tablet, etc.

Top view of set of gadgets in purple neon light
  • Your phone is a lifeline while traveling. You need to know how to charge it, and with the right adapter, you can easily do so.
  • If you’re traveling in Europe or Asia where the voltage is different than in North America (110 volts versus 120 volts), remember this! You’ll need an adapter that allows your electronics to run on the lower voltage.
  • Some countries use other types of plugs than what we’re used to in the US; for example, Australia uses Type I plugs instead of Type A or B plugs as found in North America. This is another reason why it’s important to carry a universal travel adaptor that works with all types of outlets around the world so that even if you’re plugging into something unfamiliar, there won’t be any problems with charging your devices while abroad.

Download an app that allows you to have access to a local SIM card or a world hotspot so you can connect to the internet anywhere without roaming charges.

You can use a local SIM card or a world hotspot to connect to the internet.

A local SIM card is a phone plan that you buy in another country and then insert into your phone, giving you access to the country’s mobile network. Some plans will allow you to use data services (for which they will charge), while others don’t allow this but are just used for making calls and sending text messages (which are free).

A world hotspot is a device that allows you to create an internet connection with your laptop or tablet wherever there is an available WiFi signal.

Ask the hotel lost and found if they’ve found your laptop or camera.

  • Ask the hotel lost and found if they’ve found your laptop or camera.
  • If they haven’t, ask them to check the security cameras.
  • Ask them to check the dumpster.
  • Ask them to check the laundry room, where items can be placed by cleaning staff when rooms are cleaned, or thrown out by guests who don’t want their belongings anymore.
  • Ask them to check the parking garage, where items left behind in cars may end up from time to time.

You can stay connected while traveling outside the US.

Young asian woman with backpack calling taxi on smart phone and standing on street.

While traveling outside the US, it’s important to stay connected. There are plenty of ways to do this and keep your data safe.

  • Use a local SIM card or world hotspot: If you want to use your phone but still be able to call and text, consider purchasing a local SIM card while you’re in the country where you’re traveling. This is one of the cheapest options available and will allow you to connect without exposing your information or credit card details to hackers who may be monitoring public WiFi connections at coffee shops or airports. If this isn’t an option for some reason (no signal where I am), then consider using another mobile device such as an iPad or tablet instead of using your regular phone!
  • Use a VPN: Another way that travelers can protect their privacy while abroad is by connecting through virtual private networks (VPNs) which encrypt all communications between devices so no third party can interfere with them. Some companies also offer free trials so people can try out different services before deciding on one that works best for them.”


If you’re traveling outside the US and want to stay connected, these tips will help you do so. You can use one of your phones as a hotspot or download an app that allows you to have access to a local SIM card or world hotspot so that you can connect everywhere without roaming charges. You can also ask the hotel lost and found if they’ve found any items like laptops or cameras.