Roaming, sim card or Wi-Fi?
Heading overseas means deciding how you’ll use your phone and be contacted. Some may want to remain uncontactable, but most will choose varying levels of data coverage.
Have a think about which option may best suit you, and what is compatible with your phone provider. You may opt for data roaming, getting a new sim card on arrival, or choosing to only use data with W-Fi facilities.
Ultimately, you want to be able to stay safe and enjoy your holiday, so if you'll be relying on your phone, pick an option that will provide you with enough data for your trip needs, such as checking routes and maps, making bookings, doing online banking and looking at reviews.
And remember, if you’re bringing your smartphone with you, make sure to keep it safe.
Consider getting travel insurance
Start investigating travel insurance as soon as you start booking so you may be covered in case an unexpected insured event occurs. Whether this may be lost luggage, injuries abroad, or cancellations outside your control, being prepared can provide that extra bit of care when you might need it most.
Look for a plan that best suits the needs of you and whoever you are travelling with, from policies like RACV Comprehensive Travel Insurance with limited COVID-19 cover**, to add-on options like cruise or Ski and winter spots cover**.
Before packing, make sure you are away of the luggage weight requirements for your flight, and any other internal modes of transport you will be taking at your destination.
For instance, international airlines usually let you carry more than shorter internal flights do, so if you will be jetting around within one country, check that your bag will fit, or that you’ve paid for extra luggage fees in advance.
Also remember to check requirements for what can and cannot come into your carry on, including any valuables, to save frantically changing things over or having to throw items out at the airport.
While much of the world allows you to pay with the tap of a card, in many countries, this is not a common occurrence, or there may be large fees associated with using your Australian bank cards overseas.
There are many options you may wish to utilise, from prepaid foreign currency cards to cash, bank accounts, debit or credit cards. It’s wise to bring at least two cards in case you lose one.
Plan to also have some local currency on you, as cash may be needed for items at the airport, as well as transport, tipping, market stalls, food, and other products and services. Try to avoid getting this cash last minute at the airport – there can be long lines, and you may not get the best rate.
Have maps and itineraries on hand
Its always a good idea to have an itinerary of your trip so you know exactly where you are going, whether a physical or digital copy. Having this written out can assist with asking for directions or telling bus or taxi drivers where to go if you don't speak the same language.
If you will be heading somewhere with limited internet access, like a South Island road trip through New Zealand or an American Blues tour of Route 66, you may wish to get a printed map in case you lose phone or GPS connection and need directions to where you’re headed.