Small tools on the road.
Smartphones and tablets may be of value during the trip, just to kill time, but with the emergence of numerous applications, they can also improve from one place to another place of experience, and can ease the exploration of the distance and long distance. A person who attends international conferences or studies abroad. Here, I elaborate on some of the issues that are worth considering while traveling, especially in international destinations.
Data planning may be a source of confusion abroad. These can become expensive and therefore worth researching options. T-mobile offers free international roaming, but please note that it is quite slow. This is definitely a good backup, just in case you’re stuck somewhere with no other option, but I haven’t found it to be enough for everyday use. Before you travel, please call them to make sure it works. (t-mobile recently added free international text messages, which is a good addition.)
It is worth consulting your phone and data provider to understand their international options. I don’t tend to add voice services in foreign countries, because now you can through the use of text or via wi-fi use voice or video application to do so many things, just in case you want to talk to someone. However, if voice services make sense, be sure to sign up for an international package before you leave.
In order to track my data usage, I reset the data counter on my mobile phone at the moment I logged in. Then I regularly monitor my usage. I calculate my approximate daily distribution according to my registered plan and see if I am within these limits. In other words, if I registered 120MB for my six-day trip, I knew I should limit my use to about 20MB per day. Unfortunately, I recently discovered that this is not a foolproof method. Even though my phone showed me at 765MB, I received an AT&T notification of 800MB. That’s a pretty big difference, so keep that in mind.
But checking this number is helpful in giving you a general sense of how much data you’re using. It’s too easy to eat the data quickly, and the charges might add up. I recommend that you shut down most of the applications of cellular data usage, especially a large quantity of data applications, involving the photos application, for example, because you don’t want to upload images consume data distribution. This means that you can upload your photos only when you use wi-fi, but in most cases it should.
Free wi-fi is often your friend, and travel. I’ve noticed a recent trip to Europe where more and more public places are free wi-fi. For example, cologne in Germany has free wi-fi in most of the old town, where most visitors might visit. Free wi-fi is not common in Budapest, but I also found notices in several parks there, and it is common in restaurants, cafes and hotels. In the latter case, you sometimes need to enter a password. The key is to remember the hot spots such as options so that you do not use a limited data plan.
When booking a hotel, be sure to check for free wi-fi, rather than the availability of more common Internet access. The latter often carries a heavy cost. Travel sites like TripAdvisor allow you to use “free wi-fi” as one of the criteria for searching between hotels.
Another way to get the telephone and data access is to get local SIM card into the phone or buy local work cheap phone (not all the operators have telephone, allows you to switch the SIM CARDS – check your provider details). Depending on how many voice and data services you plan to use, this may be reasonable. I’ve never done this myself, because I find it too cumbersome to consider alternatives, but if you visit the same place often, it might be a good choice.
There are a few things to remember about your computer setup. I usually change the time zone to local time to help me adjust to the environment, but leaving the time zone in your home time zone can also help remind your colleagues and family of the time to go home. If you use a web-based calendar such as the GuGe calendar, be sure to be familiar with how to deal with leaving time and access to different time zones.
Some sites will try to replace you and redirect you to a local version when you try to access them from a remote location. For example, Google often redirects to a local version, which may be another language and may give priority to local content. This may be useful depending on your purpose, but it may not be your intention. When you are abroad, enter google.com/ncr (on behalf of non-state redirection) to get an American version. Services like translate.google.com can be very helpful for other languages. It has a powerful version of the application that can translate data in real time, even in audio form (that is, you can say something, without having to type it, it will translate for you). For Android phones, you can even download dictionaries for offline use, which is a great way to save your data plans.
Another off-line option involves your college or local public library’s ebooks (and, of course, you can buy e-books, but I prefer the library route). They may have a dictionary or guidebook that can be used for loans and is worth keeping. And don’t forget to read some of the long flights. Although I like to read hardcopy books myself, I also like to travel long distances, so now I take the route of e-books.
Applications can be very helpful when using local transportation in various places. Many local transport organizations have applications that can help you visit towns, show you routes and travel time options. I find it very helpful to travel long distances (e.g., rail travel on German railways in Germany). It’s best to study and download before you start your trip, but it can be done at the last minute (although this may be at the expense of your data plan).
Aviation applications can also be useful. On a recent flight from Vienna to Austria, I wanted to check at the gate to see if anyone was sitting next to me. I’m not inclined to fly this airline, so I don’t have an app for it, but I downloaded it there. With my last name and reservation number, I can see the seating chart. Yes, someone was sitting next to me. However, I also saw a few rows of seats empty. One hour before takeoff, I changed my seat to a vacant seat near it. It was a more enjoyable nine-hour flight.
Share the cost if you are with someone (for example, to share a hotel room, food and beverage), consider using services like Splitwise, this will not only help you keep track of your expenses, but also can calculate the who owe who.
I tend to take a lot of photos with my point-and-shoot camera. Every night, I would transfer these files to my laptop, just in case I was separated from the camera, so I wouldn’t lose all of my photographic memory. Because my laptop is often backed up, it means I have an extra copy site.
With a surge of small tools and applications rely on, I found that it helps to carry an external/portable battery charger (I have been very satisfied Anker cell, but there are many alternatives exist). These can be very helpful for long flights, or for a whole day, in meetings or exploring places of interest. Depending on your gadget, keep in mind that this may require several cables.