I fought it for as long as I could. I swear I did. I was not going to join the pack.To travel used to mean leaving the phone behind (and that in itself had its uses). Now of course, phones have become such an attachment to our ears, minds and businesses that it is commonplace for travellers to be contactable while boarding a train in New York or one in Kuala Lumpur.
On my most recent trip I took along a Mobal World Phone because I liked the $49 initial phone cost and the lack of monthly fees and realized the convenience of a global sim card. I had been shying away from global phones because of the cost (most of my business is via email and face-to-face) and even with this one, I vowed to keep it just for incoming calls. Easy! I would not pay for the service unless I actually used it.
Of course the little unit burned a hole in my bag. Needed to call my contact in the new city to let them know I arrived, didn´t I? Needed to call a cab to get to an appointment. Had to call a contact who was not responding to emails. The list became, if not endless, then certainly lengthy as I revelled in my new found freedom. No more converting money then hunting for a public phone and trying to work out how to use it. No more whopping big hotel phone bills. Press a few buttons on the new phone and voila!
How did I ever do without it?
Let me know your travel phone experiences, there are all sorts of systems out there…