When you travelled thirty years ago, there were two methods of keeping in touch with family and friends back home. One was via ‘Poste Restante.’ Letters and parcels were mailed from home to post offices in major cities you were travelling to. These were held by the pre-determined post office until the recipient came to collect (with appropriate ID of course.) After travelling for weeks or months, picking up letters from family and friends from home was always a joyous moment. Sitting in a café digesting news from home was a common sight in major capital city post offices around the world.
The second method was a phone call from a public phone booth. Usually this was a quick conversation as a traveller’s money is always tight and international phone calls were expensive. Prepaid phone cards were a popular option as your ‘spend’ could be controlled and the call rates were often more reasonable than loading coins into the phone. Depending on the country you were calling in, the phone line connection was often ‘crackly’ making conversation difficult.
Fast forward to 2018 and international travellers can choose to communicate from an extensive list of communication devices: desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. And thanks to the plethora of apps available, it is possible to stay in contact for a minimal outlay. The biggest challenge travellers face is how to avoid paying exorbitant roaming rates when overseas.
Just like the prepaid phone card of the late 1990s, TravelSIM allows you to spend only what you need, offering competitive rates from more than 190 countries around the world.
Making the decision to buy a TravelSIM before heading overseas greatly reduces pre-travel stress. Downloading the TravelSIM app before you leave home has additional benefits while you travel, like handy offline mapping and help with international dialling. Download the TravelSIM app now.