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Tips and Tricks for your Smart Phone when Traveling Internationally

Your smart phone makes a pretty good travel companion. You can stay in touch with friends and family, read travel reviews, navigate your way around town, and check up on currency conversions. Here are a few suggestions, tips and tricks for traveling with your cell phone, and a small collection of good apps to load up prior to your trip.

How to save money on calls and data

Basically, you have three options:

Finally, you can use apps that send messages over Wi-Fi instead of your carrier like Messenger, iMessage, or Viber.

Mobile Hot Spots

Need a Wi-Fi signal? There are typically numerous hot spots available when you travel; but, security can sometimes be a concern, especially if you are logging into your bank account or other sites where you use passwords. Avoid public Wi-Fi sites and networks which are sometimes “spoofed” with legitimate sounding names like “London Free Wi-Fi.” Boingo has an international plan with over 700,000 hot spots worldwide. There are also portable “MiFi” hot spot devices you can carry with you such as Skyroam ( with good coverage. Be sure to check that the data usage and speed such devices and plans offer are adequate for your needs.

Important Documents and Reservations

Create a location on your phone for each of your hotel, airplane, and other reservations so you can access them easily on checking in. Also, take pictures of your passport, health insurance card, and any travel insurance documents you might need in the event your actual documents are lost.

Maps and GPS programs

Save the areas you going to visit offline using Google maps. This will save on data charges when you don’t need a live map or your GPS. However, most online mapping programs and GPS work very well in cities worldwide and are invaluable tools!

Compass app

There are many free compass apps for your phone; and these little tools can come in very handy in an unfamiliar city! Having a map is great, having a map and a compass to easily determine which way is north is even better.


Cell phone cameras have become extremely sophisticated with higher pixel count and resolution than ever. With your cell phone in tow, many can leave their point and shoot cameras behind in favor of their cellular travel buddy. There are also several clip-on lenses now available that provide for terrific zoom, fish-eye and macro shots.


Your smart phone can also provide you with a terrific translation service. Services like Bravolol( are very useful language tutors and translators that will even assist with the pronunciation of a phrase. There are several free categories of phrases and phrases are shown in both English and the native language.

Destination Guides and Currency Converter

Bookmark our site where we carry a large range of destination guides and a currency converter. These tools are yours to use, and a valuable way for you to familiarize yourself with the cost of an item in both your own, and native, currency or to quickly locate the scoop on “what to see” and “what to do”.

And there you have it, folks! With your smartphone in your pocket, you're not just prepared to tackle the globe; you're primed to conquer it in the most connected way possible! It's not just about the handy apps or the on-the-go currency conversions; it's about turning your trusty device into a digital Swiss Army knife, perfectly tooled for every twist and turn of your international escapades. So, load up on those apps, embrace the tips and tricks, and let your smartphone elevate your travel experience from great to exceptional. Because at DiMaggio Travels, we're not just about getting you there; we're about crafting a journey that's as unique as you are—one pixel-perfect snapshot at a time. Safe travels and happy data roaming!



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