AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Mobile Data while Travelling

Posted on Feb 23, 2014

Before setting off on the trip I looked at the cost of using my UK SIM abroad, the prices were ridiculous! 1Mb of data costs an absolute fortune. I switched my contract down to PAYG and decided to carry it as an emergency only. Global SIMs also seemed to offer really bad value for money. Yes, the minutes and data were cheaper than using your own SIM abroad but the cost was still high. Solution: My solution has been to buy a SIM card in each country that I plan on spending longer than a few weeks in. These SIMs are usually picked up cheaply in 7/11 stores anywhere in any town or city. Important: The best value usually comes from buying the cheapest SIM card then looking online for short term plans, such as a data bundle or call and text plan. I bought a tourist SIM in Thailand which had unlimited data for 7 days, I then paid about the same for a 30 day 750mb data plan. That was with Dtac, i found all the plans on their website and was able to purchase using my credit card. In the Philippines a 30 day 1Gb plan cost me £6.70 (P500). I had to put that credit on my phone then by entering a code I was subscribed to that plan. Overseas Calls: Sometimes you just have to call back home. For this I use Skype. I get a good WiFi connection make the call, for the price of a local...

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Travel Money

Posted on Feb 22, 2014

Travelling for longer than a month will require you to get money in the country (or countries) which you are visiting. In the olden days people carried travellers cheques and many advice websites still show this as a good method of getting hold of your cash around the world. But that all seems a bit fiddly and old fashioned to me. As of late 2013 in the UK the Halifax was offering a credit card which allowed purchases and ATM withdrawals for free anywhere in the world. This was my favoured option but I can’t comment further as the Halifax screwed up my application and kept demanding I visit a branch with ID. After this happened 3 times they rejected my application as they claimed I never verified my ID. I trawled the British banks for credit cards without fees for overseas usage. I finally decided upon the Post Office credit card. Free purchases anywhere in the world at a good rate but it costs to use at ATMs. I found a company called Caxton who have a card called the Global Traveller Card. This offers free ATM withdrawal anywhere in the world. I use a combination of option 2 & 3. The credit card is used for in store purchases, hotel bookings and online payments. The Caxton card is used for ATMs so I can get cash in the local currency. Both options give an OK exchange...

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