Staying connected to the grid

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?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

23 thoughts on “Staying connected to the grid”

  1. Roaming is most convenient. My network has a travel saver. However, I do try to use data sparingly, going into Instagram only via WiFi. If the stay is for longer than a week, I back up with a local number. Fortunately, I am one of those who carry around two mobile phones. 🙂

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  2. Staying in touch is certainly important. We used to buy international data plans through our cell carrier, then we had unlocked phones and were able to buy better quantities of data at much lower prices. Now, our cell provider allows us to use our phones wherever we go! This summer, when we landed in Athens, our cell service came on right away. 10 days later, we flew to Istanbul and continued our decent, FREE service 😊🙌

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    1. Yeah, and with the stove that charges the phone that should work hand in hand right? Not necessarily to keep in touch, but have it handy in case it is needed. Or in the case of the camera, enough juice to continue taking great photos

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  3. It is scary indeed to realise that we start to completely freak out by the though of losing our phone, it seems to contain our whole world. I have to admit that we use it a lot to find our way when traveling (maps.me) and that we both get grumpy when there is no good connection. From time to time we try to go on a trek without using our phone, a different world opens up and we feel way more relaxed. Just observe crowds in public transport, in parks, in restaurants… everyone is so hooked up. I wonder what this will do to kids growing up with that not knowing what it is to not be connected. Good post!

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    1. Indeed it is a sign of the times. Where we have Google as the online encyclopaedia, Amazon (and the like) the shopping mall… we observed that our nephew was totally “unfunctionable” when he lost his mobile phone, it contained all the ‘connections’ he had in the world! Can you imagine if the phone was also the e-wallet?

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    1. Indeed! But that is a feeling that many feel. We laid off WP for a week and itched to get back on some times! But we have to admit that while we laid off on WP we were still in instagram…. so we cheated…

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