I need to be plugged in while in Europe.
May 20, 2012 10:30 AM Subscribe
US resident here who has traveled extensively to Europe...pre 1990. Haven't been back since and will likely need to travel to Europe at least 2 times for > 1 week each trip in the coming year. Might be as many as four trips. Back in the day, one's only contact with home was via landline/long distance calling cards etc.. Now there are cellphones, computers, wifi, skype, and the need for on the go data. To be clear, I need to be as nearly plugged into the "grid" as I am while at home. What are modern day US-to-Europe travelling hacks, particularly in regards to staying plugged in?
posted by teg4rvn to Travel & Transportation (12 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Some of the things I'd like to have a better idea of are:
What is the best way to duplicate my home experience of having a 24/7 cellphone in my pocket +/- generous data? Buying an unlocked phone in US? buying something in Europe?
Ability to tether to a laptop or tablet when wifi not available?
Will be in major cities almost all the time (London, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Frankfurt, and maybe Zurich; I may not be in all of these cities, but they are likely candidate destinations), how specific must my communications plans be based upon my destination? Is Europe more standardized (GSM) than the hodge podge of US carriers (I have CDMA with Verizon here?
Cost is not a huge object. I don't need to accomplish this on the cheap. Just within reason.
Any other tips, communication-specific or not appreciated!