I’ve been traveling on an off for about 5 years now and traveled to over 30 countries during the last years. One of the most important things besides having Internet and my camera was having a phone and calling from abroad.
There are many ways that can keep your costs low.
Prepaid local SIM Card
If you have an unlocked phone, this would be a good option. You can buy local SIM cards for a couple of Euros and can top it up when you run out of money. Many operators have started to offer prepaid internet + calling packages. If you travel with a smartphone like an iPhone you will be able to surf the internet while traveling. This has the advantage that you can check Off-The-Path.com all the time while you are traveling for the latest travel tips 😉
The downside to the local SIM is, that if you travel to many countries in a short period you will change your number many times. It can get very annoying for you and your friends and relatives to remember a new number all the time. Also some operators haven’t changed their system to English. That means that their service is only available in the local language.
If you travel to other countries for a very short time and you want an easy option to use the internet on your phone because you subscribed to all the posts of Off-The-Path.com via E-Mail, international Roaming would be the best option for you. Even though that many countries have strict rules of the maximum what a phone company can charge for this it is still a very expensive option.
Global SIM Card
An option between the local SIM and the international Roaming option would be to get an international SIM card. Many companies offer Global SIM cards with cheap international calling rates, you can call your friends in Europe from 1,5 euro cent and to some countries you can even make free calls. To use this option you also need an unlocked phone.