The Mobile Phone Fit for Travelling

A mobile phone is a modern man’s best friend. It’s now a basic necessity, especially when traveling. However, not all phones are great for travelers. Here’s a guide to picking a mobile phone for traveling.

  1. Make sure your phone will work. This is beyond the issue of functionality. It means that your phone should work in the location you are going to, especially if you are going overseas. To be safe, get a phone with GSM technology. It should work internationally.


  1. Have your phone unlocked. Your use of the phone shouldn’t be restricted to a single network only. If you’re meant to use the same unit in places where your current network isn’t available, an unlocked phone can adapt to practically all available networks.
  1. Get rid of roaming. That is especially true with data roaming. You’re going to pay hefty for roaming, and it isn’t even necessary. These days, all you need is an Internet connection and you can pretty much make calls or emails to your loved ones back home.


  1. If you intend to use your phone as your multi-functional traveling gadget, make sure to have extra battery or a good power bank. You’re going to be extensively using your phone, so it better not die down on you.
  1. Buy a local SIM when you arrive at your destination. This should work on unlock phones. It is cheaper this way to keep in touch with your travel buddies, as well as to keep you available for contact whenever, wherever the need arises.


There are alternatives to your existing mobile phone, of course. You can buy a cheap smart phone or a disposable phone to use specifically for travel. You can rent a phone, or buy a portable hotspot. You can use a tablet or notebook with mobile phone functions.

There’s no specific brand or make that qualifies as the best mobile phone for traveling. Check out your needs, and then find a phone that fit your specifications. Best of all, your mobile phone should be there to help you have a wonderful trip.


Photos by: stratman² (2 many pix!)Philippa WillittsNick Kidd, and Chris Goldberg

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