I believe I have some experience with communications while traveling. I am uploading this article to the EOGN web site from a hotel room in Tallahassee. I hope to write Part II of the article while riding a red-eye flight from Orlando to London, England in a few days. If all goes well, I will upload Part II from a hotel room in London.
Traveling does not have to mean you need to be incommunicado. In fact, traveling may be the one time when you want to call home frequently – to check on the children or grandchildren, to communicate with other family members, or perhaps to call the office. However, communications costs can be exorbitant for the unwary traveler. A few simple tricks can slash those expenses to zero or to a modest amount.
Most travelers these days carry cell phones. However, cell phone roaming charges can quickly add up. Phone calls from hotel rooms are always available but are almost even more expensive.
I just returned from a three-week trip, first stopping at two different cities in the U.S. and then going on to a two-week trip to New Zealand. Cell phone roaming charges in New Zealand can be as high as $1.50 (U.S.) per minute. A twenty-minute phone call can cost $30 plus toll charges. I wanted to make daily phone calls during my two-week trip, which could result in $400 or more in roaming charges alone! If I had made the calls by using normal hotel room telephones, the charges would have been even higher. Instead, I slashed the total price to less than $20.
There is no magic involved; you can slash your telephone expenses simply by understanding how the charges are applied and by using a few high-tech solutions.
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