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Cell Phones & International Data Roaming

    These days when we travel, our smartphone is essential. We use maps to help us navigate a foreign city, consult websites for opening hours of museums and sites we plant to visit, we snap photos and videos to share, our kids text friends back home.
    But none of this is free when you travel abroad, unless you use local Wi-Fi.
    One summer driving to Alaska, when we crossed over the border into Canada, suddenly we were in "international data roaming charges apply" land. I had completely forgotten to sign up for an international data usage plan with AT&T for our phones.
    Without an international data usage plan, international data roaming charges are pricey. So expensive that while we drove through British Columbia, our son couldn't text his friends frequently. When we arrived in Alaska, no charges apply, so back to business as usual.
Before you go on your trip abroad, check with your phone service provider about international data usage plans. For example AT&T for the iPhone has an international usage plan with a fixed rate per month. We activate this additional feature before we go on your trip, cancel when when we get back.
    Tip: Remember, another option is to use Wi-Fi to connect your smartphone, without data roaming charges. If you have Wi-Fi in your hotel, join that network or, go to a cafe with free Wi-Fi.
      Of course, you'll want to access mobile Travel for Kids while traveling. We've created a version of Travel for Kids,, just for smartphones and small screen sizes.
      On your smartphone web browser, enter the URL, then bookmark or Add to home screen.
  Now you can have all the in-depth "fun things to do with kids" at your fingertips - the play place next to Notre Dame in Paris, where to buy bagels in Montreal, the best hikes in national parks in the U.S., family walking tour of the Uffizi in Florence, tips for big cities, from Beijing to New York to Rome, theme parks, countryside excursions, family beaches, and so much more.
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