Would you walk naked along the streets?
We mean, stark naked in your birthday suit. Just like the emperor with no clothes, will you be able to walk confidently along the streets, far away from home? Heheh.
Yep, we are referring to being offline when you are traveling.
Because today we are almost naked if one is not connected to the grid. In the sense that one might feel helpless, vulnerable and yes – exposed…! When Mel & Suan first started journeys together, the web was still in its infancy. Certainly no Googling for information. Good old fashion tourist maps were the norm. In fact, we still have many them in the cupboards somewhere… eh time to declutter? Nooo…those were such dear memories.
So if you are one of those folks who would be a lost puppy without access to the web, perhaps Internet roaming packages might be your savior when you are on a journey outside your home base. Yes we know about buying local SIM cards and data plans. The question is: why bother to change SIM cards in your smartphone when you can simply roam. Especially when the roaming plans are not the same sky-high price anymore?
We talked about being too cheap to roam or buy local plans (here) but in the end we relented. Otherwise we would not had been able to update this blog regularly while on the road on free wifi alone.
Is staying in touch with loved ones back home critical to you when traveling? What do you think – would roaming be your choice or would you still stick with buying local plans?