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How I Discovered eSIMs to Be the Smart Choice for Travelers | CNET

Having a phone while traveling is almost essential. Having the internet available to find nearby recommendations for food, hotels, things to do (and not do) can potentially make the difference between a good trip and a great trip! What we don't want, however, are huge phone bills with roaming charges. Read on to find out how an eSIM might be right for you!

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CNET ~ "Back in 2010, I took a backpacking trip around Indonesia for two months. I didn't travel with a mobile phone. All I had was my trusty Lonely Planet guidebook for recommendations, and the occasional stop at an internet cafe to email location updates to my parents.

Now, in 2024, I can't fathom how I managed to travel without the internet constantly at my fingertips. A phone is a travel essential and roaming while I'm overseas is non-negotiable -- and if I listed the reasons why, I'd be here all day. But roaming, if you're not careful, can also get expensive.

No matter where you're coming from or where you're traveling to, ensuring that you have internet access without running up a scary bill is a travel essential, and something you should ideally look into before you leave on your trip.

Carriers know how important it is for you to stay connected while you're traveling, and most have some kind of roaming deal you can take advantage of. But what happens when your network's roaming offering doesn't meet your data requirements for your destination, or is just too expensive?" ~ CNET

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