We spent a lot of time researching the best phone plans and ways to travel securely for our extended trip. Below, you will find a few options that we think work great for long-term trips!
Phone Plans & Wifi
We have been using T-Mobile for years now, and we would highly recommend switching to them if you are a traveler! The international perks are so worth it – unlimited data and texting in over 200 countries, plus calls are only $0.25 cents per minute. The only downside with T-Mobile is that their international plans are not meant for long-term use. Meaning if you are on the road for longer than a couple of months, you should look into other options because T-Mobile will mostly like shut off your international service – this happened to us. We recommend local SIM cards or trying Google Fi.
Google Fi is a fairly new international phone plan option by Google. With Google Fi, you have the option to pay for an unlimited plan (unlimited data) or flexible plan (pay as you go) per month. The best part about about Google Fi is that it works in over 200 countries. So when you arrive to a new place, you are automatically connected to the local carrier at no extra cost. The main drawback with this plan is that it is not 100% compatible with iPhones. It’s important to note that Google Fi must be activated in the U.S. before it works abroad. We think this is still worth looking into, as it seems like a great option for international phone use.
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) helps you to keep your network private while you are browsing online for security reasons. I would highly recommend getting a VPN because it helps to keep your online network private while you are abroad, which is especially helpful while logging into bank/credit card accounts. We use Express VPN and have always been happy with the product!
If you need reliable WIFI coverage on your travels, then you should look into getting a global wifi hotspot like Skyroam. With the Skyroam hotspot, you get WIFI coverage all over the world, and it covers WIFI for up to 10 different devices. This is a great option if you plan on working abroad and need reliable network coverage.