Few topics are as rich with options, or as deeply disorienting, as the modern international call. As straightforward as a scheduled Skype-to-Skype conversation might be, overseas travel tends to unravel the best-laid plans, as wifi connections become scarce, phones refuse to connect to local networks, and hidden fees reach into the hundreds. Here are some tactics and strategies for staying in touch while trotting the globe.
Rent a MiFi Hotspot
While there are benefits to losing your smartphone's data connection (like experiencing the wider world without constantly tweeting about it), travel is clearly better with some degree of internet access. That's the main reason to rent a MiFi hotspot, a broadband modem that creates a local wifi network – the pocket-size ones from Tep Wireless start at $7 per day, with a daily data cap of 150MB. But being able to Skype (without video, to avoid blowing that data cap) from virtually anywhere is a major side benefit.
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