Keeping in Touch
For many people the
hardest thing about traveling is being away from family and friends. Luckily, there
are plenty of cost efficient ways of maintaining contact with the important people in your
life while you are away.
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If you plan to call anyone while traveling abroad, you definitely need a
pre-paid phone card because calling from overseas can cost
a fortune if you don't have one. Even using an AT&T, MCI, or Sprint calling card can be quite pricey (over a
$1 per minute plus many hidden fees), so I searched the net for some alternative calling
low-rate international pre-paid calling cards. They sell
cards (Global Caller, Global Line, Absolute World,
True North, Study Abroad,
Absolute Global) in $5, $10, $20, $25, & $50 units. Sample Rates: UK to USA,
per minute; France to USA, 9-25˘ per minute; Germany to USA, 8-33˘ per minute;
Italy to USA, 10-40˘ per minute.
low-rate international pre-paid calling cards. They sell cards (Global
Connect Home) in $10, $20, & $50 units.
Sample Rates: UK to USA, 9-28˘
per minute; France to USA, 15-25˘ per minute; Germany to USA, 8-33˘ per minute;
Italy to USA, 23-49˘ per minute .
Stay in touch using the phone and Internet while you are traveling. Offers
voicemail, faxing capabilities & gives a free 10-50 MB e-mail account to
subscribers. Sample Rates: UK to USA, 32˘-47˘ per
minute; France to USA, 9˘-65˘ per minute, Germany to USA, 14˘-79˘ per minute;
Italy to USA, 39˘-49˘ per minute.
Local phone cards to call
home can be bought while abroad. Some, I've heard, offer fantastic
rates of 5˘-10˘ per minute. The drawback is that if you are only
going to be in a country for two or three days, then you will lose some of
your money because the phone cards can usually only be used in the country you
bought it in.