As most of you know, I’m on a two-month adventure in Mexico. So how do you prepare for a longer duration travel? How can you stay connected with your friends and family at home? Here are a few tips:
Put your phone on Vacation Suspension:
Before I set off on my 2 months out of Canada, I contacted my mobile carrier, Telus, and arranged for a vacation suspension. It costs me $30/month to keep my phone number and current plan, but I don’t have to worry about any additional costs, overages, crazy bills coming my way. Most companies do offer this for up to 6 months over the term of your contract. As far as I know, Rogers is the only one in Canada that is tricky to deal with. Don’t forget to unlock your phone so you can purchase a SIM Card when you arrive. The unlock fee is between $30 and $50 depending on your carrier.
Get a local SIM card:
A lot of countries offer way better cell phone plans than Canada (seriously, what is with that?). Mexico is no exception. I chose TelCel because they offer a lot of coverage, but there certainly are cheaper carriers. With TelCel, for about $30 (500 pesos) you can have 4GB of Data that is valid for 50 days. Beyond that, you can top up for the additional days you are staying, but with the use of Wi-Fi, if you stick to the lighter side of usage, you’ll have more than enough data to check in with your mom or BFF while abroad. SIM Cards will only cost you about $10 a piece. A steal.
There are loads of TelCel retailers and places to top up if you need to, even in small towns!
Make Use of Wi-Fi for the Data Sucking Apps:
Instagram is awesome. I use it almost daily to post about the interesting and fun things I do, and also to keep my family and friends up to date on my comings and goings. Unfortunately, it’s a data sucker. Viewing stories, posting stories, posting anything really, eats up your data super quickly. When we’re travelling on weekends, I often wait to post my photos and stories until I find a Wi-Fi connection. Doing this is sure to stretch out your 4 GBs and allow you to go Live when you’re in a super interesting place you can’t wait to share!
I hope you find these tips useful! Leave a comment below if I’ve missed anything, or there’s any info you need! Happy Travels, Friends!