How To Find Cool Places To Go Near You, In Your Own State, Or Anywhere In The World

How To Find Cool Places To Go Near You, In Your Own State, Or Anywhere In The World

Map of the world with pins in it showing places to go or that someone has been in their own state and around the world

We are going to show you ways to find travel ideas in your own state! There are so many great reasons to travel, even if you need to stay closer to home. And when was the last time you really tried to find fun new things to do or places to go near you?

You might be surprised by all of the interesting and unique places you can find to explore right there close to where you are.

We’ve got ideas for you whether you prefer to plan in advance or just get out the door and figure it out later… and whether you prefer the digital world or the analog one.

Here are some great resources for finding travel ideas in your own state! Enjoy!

Social Media is a gold mine!

Your social media platforms are a treasure trove of great ideas for staycations or discovering new places to travel abroad. Pinterest, Facebook, Youtube all have search functions and most have the ability to tag images and posts with locations so you can track down where the photo was taken as well.

I have done this before on a number of occasions.

Before taking the kids to Spain, and outside the United States, for the first time, my wife and I searched for city and region names on YouTube and found great videos on culture and food and ideas for places to visit.

They loved learning a bit about the language by doing this as well and became more familiar with what to expect when we got there. It added to the excitement and anticipation for the trip.

I also used this technique to find on Pinterest to plan out the route of a road trip a few years back. There were four friends going and we all pinned places we thought looked cool to a group board and use that board to create a map right on Pinterest. That determined our route for the trip.

The best thing about using this technique is that the platform you are using will see what and where you are looking and try to be helpful. It’ll give you more of those types of things in your search results and news feeds.

This can help you find things you weren’t even looking for. Then you can discover things that work well that you didn’t even think to search. This happened to me when I was looking for a place to take my wife on a birthday trip. I was looking at beautiful sand beaches in one location and then Instagram started bringing up other pictures that were sandy beaches for other parts of the world as well.

Try hopping on your social media site of choice and searching for a local mountain range or lake or city… or even just your state name and see what comes up.

Instagram, Twitter, Facebook accounts of local tourism boards, influencers and photographers

There are always Instagram accounts that just focus on your state or even a specific city or area that you want to find something to do. As you search for those locations, look for local profiles. They will have tips and ideas that go along with their posts at times that will lead you to fun things to do or new places to see.

Another great thing about finding these types of influencers is they will use smaller or specific hashtags that will be more helpful in our next suggestion as well.

Check out more specific/smaller hashtags

Similar to our last suggestion, but this time just looking at the hashtags. Try to stay away from large generic hashtags like #Utah or #texas. Look at the accounts of the influencers you just found. You might see some like #utahunique or #austintexasplaces

Searching through tags will usually bring up pictures and videos from people who have visited that place.

And to find these tags for places you aren’t as familiar with, Just look at those influencers you found earlier. Their posts will have them. Check ’em out!

Google will never fail!

Google has a lot of tricks up its sleeve when it comes to finding great things to see and experience in your state. You can use the traditional google search and google maps too.

Google maps the right way

Google Maps is super powerful! You can get ideas from it and see satellite pictures and photos others have taken and see reviews there too! All you have to do is search for it in the right way. Check out our list of search ideas for Google Maps or Google’s search page below.

One of the things I like to do on Google Maps is to save or “star” a place that looks cool so I can find it again later when I am planning a trip or when I am actually in that area.

The best Google searches to find cool things to do in your state

Whether it is Google search or google maps, with the following searches you will have a big long list of places to see and things to do in no time!

Try the following, minus the quote marks:

“Landmarks (state/city)”

“Things to do (state/city)” or “coolest things to do (state/city)”

“Best things to do (state/city)”

“Entertainment (state/city)”

“Attractions (state/city)”

“Visitor Center (state/city)”

“good for kids (state/city)”

“Good for family (state/city)”

“Bed and Breakfast (state/city)”

“Hiking trail (state/city)”

“best spot to take pictures in (state/city)” – these are usually more popular places and pretty great ones. If you are looking for more hidden gems, try hopping over to Instagram and looking through the hashtags or locations to find some great spots for photo ops.

You get the idea by now, right? Get creative! Google has lots of different ideas for the area you are looking to travel to.

Go talk to the staff at visitor centers

Go talk to the staff at a few visitor centers

Visitor centers are associated with national forests, cities, and national parks. Any of these are a great place to start looking for ideas. When was the last time you actually stopped in the ones you live close to?

Many of the folks that work at these visitor centers and are local and like to get out and play as well offer great advice on cool places and experiences that will meet your specific preferences.

That’s what I did… pretend you’re new in town and looking for things to do. I went into the visitor’s center and asked, what are some of your best attractions in the area?

They gave me a map with all the cool places highlighted and told me about each one. This is especially helpful if you have limited time or want to find some new things to do.

It doesn’t matter where you live in the United States, there are lots of great travel destinations within driving distance of your home!

My wife and I live in northern Utah and had never really traveled to southern Utah to do much. We took a week recently and drove down without a plan as to where we were going to go.

We found a visitor center when we arrived in Kanab Utah and they gave us ideas and routes and hikes. We started with those and hit another two or three visitor centers that week. It was amazing all the ideas we found and new places we discovered along our route.

My wife and I have a list of another dozen things we need to get back down there and check out on our next trip.

Visitor centers also have free WiFi, which might be useful if you need to find a place to stay or just check emails or make a call and you don’t have a cell signal.

Also generally speaking there’s someone working most days of the week. But they can still help out with local travel or excursion ideas!

Ask for personal recommendations from friends and family

Another place to find local or in-state travel ideas is from other people. You can ask for friends and neighbors in person or on Facebook or other social media for their own personal favorite spots or experiences.

This is an easy way to be able to ask a lot of questions from people you know and trust for details and suggestions of things to do.

Find and watch movies or tv shows filmed in your state

This is a fun way to get ideas for new spots and to learn more about your state.

As you watch them, make note of some of the locations in them, and you are set!

You get the idea, right? This can be a fun way to prepare kids for bigger trips to foreign countries as well. But that is a topic for a different post.

Check official websites related to state and local tourism

Most states have a tourism office or department that offers travel information and ideas for the place you live in. The destination guide section is usually very helpful when it comes to finding new things to do close to home.

Here are the links to all 50 state tourism offices in the US.

These are great resources to start with, but you should also use the internet and other social media platforms to find travel ideas.

Get tips from likealocalguide.com

This is a cool site that offers some interesting city guides mostly in Europe and North America. One of my favorite parts about this blog is their use of actual locals to give interesting insights and tell about the area from their perspective so you can find cooler and less touristy things. So you, as a local, will find new things to check out as well.

Find unique places to stay near you on Airbnb or vacation rentals

Airbnb is a great way to find unique places near you. You can look for houses, apartments or even experiences like tours! The best thing about Airbnb is that the site offers different pricing options so it could be right for whatever budget you have in mind.

On top of all this, they offer pictures of the properties and those experiences! And again the reviews help you know better what to expect. It’s nice to know they are from real people. It sure helps to have details from other people besides the host to explain parts of their experience that might resonate with you.

Get ideas from Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura is an all-in-one resource for places and topics that you never knew existed. It has articles about travel tips, articles about events, and some weird facts about all kinds of places.

Just drop in your state, country, province, or a city you are thinking of going to.

It can be a great resource for finding places you might not know about. You and use the Atlas Obscura website and explore what they have to offer. It’s a one stop shop for just about every place you never knew existed.

Check out their travel guides on Pinterest or follow them on Instagram where they give ideas of cool places in your area

Travel sites and blogs are great

These are great because you get more lengthy reviews and tips that you won’t likely from other sources. And there are loads of great travel sites and blogs out there! You will find a lot of them as you search through different things like “best things for families to do in (city name)”

There are plenty of websites with information on things to see and do, including forums and message boards all over the internet.

You might find a specific site that either you really like or that specializes in an activity you also like or an area you will be traveling to. Add them to your web browser’s bookmarks or save them in some other way.

Try Groupon to find great ideas!

Did you know you can hop on Groupon and find experiences in a specific city? There are some great prices and some really fun things to do there. Give it a try if you’re looking for some unique ideas!

The website makes it easy to find the best deals and offers of the day. You can even save your favorite searches, which is really handy to do when you are trying to plan trips in advance. Groupon also has some excellent social media channels where you can get updates on what’s trending and popular as well.

It can be a great way to explore new destinations or even find some activities close to home that you didn’t know existed.

One of my favorite Groupon deals was for a guided bike tour of Paris! It’s really amazing how much more enjoyable it can be when you have someone who knows their stuff guiding your group.

You can also try TripAdvisor or Expedia’s travel guides-both offer plenty of experiences tailored to your budget.

Use travel guidebooks and local magazines dedicated to your destination

Check out some of the local magazines that dedicate themselves to travel and see what they have to offer. There are also plenty of guidebooks for each state, but if you’re looking for a more in-depth read then check out books like National Geographic’s Great American Road Trip or The New York Times’ 36 Hours series.

I used to love going. into bookstores and picking up these guidebooks and leafing through them their pages dreaming of going to different places.

They also make a great resource to bring with you if you know you won’t have cell signal or want some good old fashion analog reading.

Additional Travel Tips

CAMPING & RV TRAVEL

Camping is a great way to keep travel costs low and immerse yourself in the outdoors. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out Campendium.

If you want something more high-tech there are also lots of options depending on your needs. For instance, if you don, t want to be bothered with cooking food and you don’t mind spending a little more, check out the Insta-Home Instant Portable Kitchen.

Just think about what your travel needs are before investing in something that may not work for you.

Camping is great way to keep travel costs low and immerse yourself in the outdoors.

Some cool sites:

Freecampsites.net – This site is great for finding free places to camp. It’s a great tool whether you just need to know where to camp nearby or you want to plan a free camping road trip.

I have used it to find sites in the past. It was very helpful! You just simply use your smart phone’s location to find camping near you.

Campendium.com – Campendium covers all aspects of RV travel, including camping and cooking tips.  IT is an app and a website. The Campendium app can help you find amazing places to camp, whether in your state or when you travel.

You can take a virtual visit of campgrounds as well. Their collection of over 21,000 different campgrounds are throughout the lower 48 U.S. states and Alaska.

Airbnb.com – You know what Airbnb is. Just filter down to campsites. Done.

Hipcamp.com – Think of it like an Airbnb for upscale and unique camping opportunities. Hipcamp has since grown into the most comprehensive resource for discovering and booking unique outdoor stays. They have a lot of glamping opportunities, including some really great treehouses!

VIRTUAL TRAVEL (VR)

Virtual Reality is a fun new way to travel without really having to do much of anything at all. With VR headsets and apps, you can have travel experiences without ever having to leave the house. They really do give you immersive interactive 360-degree experiences into different locations around the globe.

Some of these VR apps will even allow you to travel without a VR headset, which is great for people who don’t have one!

Just need your phone and a cheap VR viewer like this one. You can find great VR content in your phone’s app store or try YouTube. We can expound on this topic in future articles for sure!

Some other thoughts on VR and its uses for your travel bug.

– visit exotic locations from the comfort of your own home.

– explore museums in a new way, like an art class with a world famous artist.

– experience history and science through interactive exhibits (you could travel back to Ancient Rome or see what it’s actually like on Mars)

– go on safari without all the additional expense

– travel to see live music performances, sports events, comedy shows or movies not yet released in your area

Obviously, these travel trips aren’t the exact same as being there, but you will be surprised by how truly fun and entertaining or educational they can be.

ROAD TRIPS

Most likely your inner state trip will be taken by car. Road trips are a fantastic way to get to know your own state. They give you a chance to explore different landscapes and learn about the history of your destination. We will write more on this in the future too.

Here are a few tips to get your car ready for your next road trip.

-check your oil and other fluids

-make sure the air conditioning or heater is working before your next big drive. This will keep you and your passengers comfy on your journey.

-keep an emergency kit in your trunk: backup keys, jumper cables, flares for emergencies.

-keep an air pump for your tire and some other tools in the car.

-bring a map and guidebook with you too, just in case of emergencies like getting lost.

-check tires for damage and tire pressure

-bring a phone charger

-bring a travel-size cooler with some snacks

-fill up your gas tank before you hit the open road

There are a lot of other things we could talk about when it comes to going on road trips, but these are some basic reminders.

In Conclusion

Those are some of our best ideas when it comes to finding ideas for travel in your own state. Hope you found it helpful.

Happy travels!

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Tokyo Haneda International (HND) Airport Lounges Guide

Tokyo Haneda International (HND) Airport Lounges Guide

Women Walking Through Airport - Tokyo Haneda International Airport Lounges Guide

Japan is making waves in both the business and leisure travel worlds. If you are traveling to Japan, then the Tokyo Haneda International Airport is your best bet. Our complete guide will help you navigate through the airport as well as find the best lounges to relax while you await your flight. 

About Tokyo Haneda International Airport

The airport is commonly referred to as Haneda Airport or abbreviated as HND. It is located south of Tokyo Station in  Ōta, Tokyo. It is one of the primary airports of Japan as well as home to Japan’s primary domestic airline. 

HND is quite a busy airport. It ranks at number four in the world and number three in Asia in terms of passenger traffic. In 2017, the airport served approximately 85.4M passengers. The number increased to approximately 87M in 2018, and decreased slightly down to 85.5M in 2019 (Statista). 

The airport sits on 40 hectares of land. It has three terminals in total.

Both Terminal 1 and 2 handle domestic flights while Terminal 3 is for international flights. 

Terminal 1 is the largest terminal at the airport. It has conference rooms, a shopping area, a 6-story restaurant, a cafe and an open area at the rooftop. This terminal has 3 lounges.

Terminal 2 does not disappoint either, with its rooftop restaurant, Haneda Excel Hotel, and the 6-story building with restaurants and other shopping areas. It also has three lounges.

Terminal 3 has several lounges as well, which are mostly operated by airlines.  

With all that traffic, not to mention the size of the airport, losing your way is quite easy. A simple guide to show you all the places you can relax while using the HND airport always comes in handy. 

Lounges at HND

The lounges at HND offer travelers a serene environment with free soft drinks. Most of these lounges are also accessible to travelers with various elite statuses from as many as 19 credit card companies, Diners Club and American Express included. 

Here are the lounges to check out when at Haneda International Airport:

  • All Nippon Airways (ANA) Lounge
  • Cathay Pacific Lounge
  • Power Lounge Central
  • Power Lounge North 
  • Japan Airlines Sakura Lounges 
  • TIAT Lounge 
  • Sky Lounge 

1. All Nippon Airways (ANA) Lounge

Location

There are four ANA lounges at the HND Airport – two at the International Terminal and one at the domestic terminal. The lounges at Gate 110, 114, and 60 also have suites. 

Directions

  • ANA Lounge at Terminal 3 on Level 4 – this one is on the inside of security at Gate 110. 
  • ANA Lounge at terminal 3 on the left side of Level 4 – on the inside security at Gate 114.
  • ANA Lounge at Terminal 2 – on the inside of security, fourth floor opposite Gate 60.
  • ANA Lounge at Terminal 2 – on the inside of security south of the Main building, opposite Gate 62. 

Services Offered

  • Snacks
  • Beverages 
  • Showers
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Magazines & newspapers 
  • Printers & copiers
  • Non-smoking area
  • Internet terminals 
  • Premium food  

Hours of Operation

  • Lounge at Gate 110 – open daily 5:00 am to 1:00 am.
  • Lounge at Gate 114 – open daily 6:30 am to 1:30 pm and 8:00 pm to 1:00 am.
  • Lounge at Gate 60 and Gate 62 – open daily 5:15 am to 9:00 pm

Cost

All ANA Lounges are reserved for travelers with premium tickets, elite status, and other required entries. 

Conditions

Admission is free to children under the age of 2. The lounges do not accept reservations at the moment.  

2. Cathay Pacific Lounge

Location

Inside security of Terminal 3 (International Terminal). 

Directions

Head to Level 6. The Lounge is on the north side. You can easily access it using elevators after Gate 114. 

Services Offered

  • Beverages- wine, beer, spirits & liquor
  • WiFi
  • Premium food
  • Flight monitors
  • Snacks 
  • TVs
  • Internet terminals 
  • Printers & copiers
  • Newspapers & magazines 
  • Telephones 
  • iMac computers 

Hours of Operation

Opens daily from 7.30 am to 5.00 pm. 

Cost

The Lounge is reserved for passengers with premium tickets, elite status and other requirements. 

Conditions

It is accessible to passengers using the Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific and anyone flying business or first class on OneWorld flights. Elite members of the Marco Polo Club are also allowed to access the lounge.  

3. Power Lounge Central 

Location

Terminal 2 – Outside security 

Directions

The lounge is on the outside security of Terminal 2 on the third floor. 

Services Offered

  • WiFi 
  • Flight monitors 
  • Television 
  • Newspapers & Magazines 
  • Non-smoking 

Hours of Operation

Opens daily from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm. 

Cost

1,080 Yen per person paid at the front desk ($10.18 USD). Admission depends on capacity. 

Conditions

The showers and alcoholic beverages are available at an extra cost.

4. Power Lounge North 

Location

Terminal 2 – Inside security 

Directions

The lounge is on the inside security of Terminal 2 on the third floor, close to Gate 52. 

Services Offered

  • WiFi 
  • Flight monitors 
  • Television 
  • Internet terminals 
  • Newspapers & magazines 
  • Telephones 
  • Non-smoking 

Hours of Operation

Opens daily from 6.00 am to 9.30 pm. 

Cost

1,080 Yen ($10.18 USD) per person paid at the front desk. Admission depends on capacity. 

Conditions

Printers, copiers, and drinks are available at an extra cost.

5. Sakura Lounge

Location

The Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge is on the Airside of both Terminal 1 and 3. 

Services Offered

  • Beverages
  • Air conditioning
  • Showers
  • Newspapers
  • Flight monitors
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Snacks 
  • Non-smoking area 

Hours of Operation

Open daily from 4.30 am to 1.30 am. 

Cost

The lounge is reserved for passengers with certain credentials like premium tickets, elite status, and other methods needed for access. 

Conditions

It is open to travelers flying first class and business class on Japan Airlines and other Oneworld member airlines. The Sakura Lounge is also available to travelers flying economy class.

6. TIAT Lounge 

Location

The TIAT Lounge is on the inside security of International Terminal (3).  

Directions

Head to the central area of the fourth floor after passing through the terminal’s inside security. 

Services Offered

  • Flight monitors 
  • WiFi
  • Internet terminals 
  • Premium food 
  • Newspaper and magazines 
  • Snacks 
  • Non-smoking area 

Hours of Operation

Open 24/7.

Cost

The lounge is reserved for passengers with certain credentials like premium tickets, elite status, and other methods needed for access. 

7. Sky Lounge 

Location

Inside security of the International Terminal (3). 

Services Offered

  • WiFi 
  • Flight monitors 
  • TVs
  • Smoking area 
  • Newspapers and Magazines 

Hours of Operation

Open 24/7. 

Cost

1,030 Yen per traveler ($9.72 USD) paid at the front desk. Admission depends on capacity.   

Conditions

Beer and wine at the lounge are available at an additional fee.

8. Other Lounges

Location and Directions 

There are many other airport lounges at the HND that you can enjoy some quiet time regardless of where you are:

  • Terminal 1 on the Landside – you will find an Airport Lounge in the arrival lobby of the first floor. It is close to the post office. It opens at 6 in the morning to 8 in the evening and the showers in this lounge are available up to 7:30 pm every day.
  • Terminal 1, Airside on the north side – this one is on the second floor and opens daily at 6:00 am and is open till 8:30 pm.
  • Terminal 1, Airside south side – it is also on the second floor and opens daily from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.
  • Terminal 2 on the Landside – northside, on the third floor after the Terrace Restaurant. This lounge opens from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm with showers available up to 7:30 pm. 
  • Terminal 2 on the Airside – on the fourth floor. It opens from 6:00 am to 9:30 pm.
  • Terminal 2 on the Airside – on the south side of the second floor in between Gate 65 and 66. It opens from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm every day.   

Services Offered

  • WiFi
  • Computer stations
  • Television
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Telephones
  • Showers 
  • Beverages 
  • Flight monitors       

Cost

These lounges charge 520.00 Yen per child between the ages of 4 and 12, and 1,030.00 Yen per person. Children under three years old are admitted for free. In case you need to take a shower, charges for the shower and lounge access are 1,030 Yen for children under the age of three, 1,550 for children between ages 4 and 12, and 2,060 Yen for adults. 

Conditions

The lounges are open to all travelers regardless of one’s flight class or airline. Payment is at the door. Admission depends on the space available.  

This wraps up our guide on the lounges in the Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND).

We hope that you enjoy your stay. Have a great trip!

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Airline Travel and the Coronavirus – An Ultimate Guide

Airline Travel and the Coronavirus – An Ultimate Guide

 
Virus and flying header image

One thing is for certain: due to the coronavirus, your travel will be restricted. Airlines are receiving the brunt of the impact of this virus. They have lost $41 billion in just one month during the outbreak, Markets Insider reported.

But how does that affect you?

You may be thinking: ‘What if I planned a trip? Will it be canceled? If so, how can I reschedule? Will I receive a refund? What if I’m currently abroad? Can I return to my home country?

We’ll address these questions and more as we go over the policy changes of some of the most popular airlines.

United Airlines

Between now and April 30, United Airlines is allowing all customers to change their travel plans. Trump’s travel ban affects 26 countries; for United, these restrictions begin on March 20.

“We will continue to fly our regular schedule from Europe to the U.S. through March 20,” their site states. “After that, we expect to fly daily to Zurich, Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam, Manchester, and Edinburgh, maintain multiple flights to Frankfurt and Munich, and operate 18 daily flights to and from London, three to Dublin and four flights a week to Lisbon, all while continuing to monitor demand.”

Also, United is only accepting calls from those who are flying in three days or 72 hours. Because of the recent outbreak, they are receiving an unmanageable number of calls.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is less impacted by the virus than United. They announced that they have been working with the CDC and WHO to determine if any flights need to be canceled. But, as of March 11, none of the 103 flight destinations at Southwest are listed as “geographic risks” by the CDC.

Their policy remains the same as it has been: customers are free to cancel or change flights at no additional cost. Also, if you decide to cancel your trip, the money won’t go away. You can use it to fund future flights — a great feature in a precarious time like we’re experiencing today with the disease outbreak!

Southwest ensures the safety of all its passengers by maintaining peak cleanliness in all aircraft. They spend six hours cleaning each aircraft.

As of March 4, they are now using a hospital-grade disinfectant on all areas of the aircraft for optimal sanitation, not just the bathroom.

Delta Airlines

Delta allows you to change your flight plans once for free. If the new price is higher, they require payment of the difference. If it is lower, they will reimburse you, in most cases.

Delta is offering free changes to flight plans of all customers who were planning to go to a country impacted by the virus or the newly instated travel ban.

Like Southwest, Delta allows you to apply current ticket value to future flights. If you’re planning to travel in the future, this is exceptionally convenient because it saves you a lot of money.

Rescheduled travel must take place before December 31, 2020, or prior to the expiration date on your ticket, if it comes sooner than the end of the year.

Delta assures the public that they are working with governmental agencies to determine the next steps in the prevention process. They are cleaning all aircraft thoroughly to mitigate the spread of this highly infectious virus.

American Airlines

American Airlines ensures its customers that they are complying with all facets of the recent travel ban imposed by President Trump. Read the two bullet points here which outline the policy.

American points out that the travel ban goes into effect on March 13. The travel ban applies to all flights that depart from American Airlines airports after March 13 at 11:59 PM.

Customers who visited the “Schengen Area” or a specific selection of European countries within the last 14 days, must return to the US through approved airports only. This also applies to people who have visited mainland China or Iran.

The travel ban only applies to non-Americans. Non-Americans won’t be able to travel to America until April 13.

Alaska Airlines

Similar to Southwest, Alaska Airlines’ flights have not been impacted by the disease’s spread of or President Trump’s travel ban. They assure customers that they are in close contact with the CDC, WHO, and other governmental organizations to stay up to date with any changes in travel regulations as a result of the growing virus.

Per Alaska’s policy, they are offering free changes or cancellations on travel booked between February 26 and April 30. They follow the same policy for new tickets purchased between February 27 and March 31.

The aircraft at Alaska Airlines feature high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters which keep the air pristine during your entire flight. They have a quick, informative video on how the filters work. Check it out below.

A Quick Note

This review of the major airlines’ policies and procedures during the outbreak is not extensive. It’s merely meant to keep you informed and give you easy access to an extensive article with all the useful information packed in one place for your convenience.

All information about specific airlines was researched on the airlines’ websites. Every airline also has a FAQ page that they have taken extra care to update during the virus outbreak. So, if you have any questions, refer to the website and FAQ pages of your corresponding airline.

Travelers, what does this mean for you?

Easier to Upgrade First Class

This may be self-explanatory, but with the travel ban in place and a global pandemic looming, fewer people will travel. Most will stay home and limit their contact with others, which is recommended by the CDC.

But, if you do choose to travel, you may have the opportunity to easily and cheaply upgrade to first-class seating. One easy way to upgrade to first class is to simply ask the flight attendant if they have any seats available. If they do, most airlines will allow you to sit first class. And this is even easier now with much less travel.

Keep in mind that you may not be the only one with this idea. In fact, it could happen that the first-class section is full and you’d have to sit in the economy section. But it never hurts to ask; the worst-case scenario is they’ll say no.

Difficult — and At Times Impossible — to Book Flights

You probably know this now from reading the individual sections on the popular airlines, but depending on who you are and where you are trying to go, you may not be able to book your flight until the travel ban passes or the outbreak subsides.

Most airlines have suspended flights to countries impacted by the outbreak, such as Germany, China, Italy, France, and several more.

Also, I’ll reiterate this again, because it is important: if you are a non-American, you cannot travel from Europe to the US until April 13.

Cancellations

Along with not being able to book several flights, you may have to cancel your current flight. If you had plans to travel to a country impacted by the disease outbreak, or if you are a non-American who had tickets to travel to America, those flights are now canceled.

All of the major airlines have policies in place that allow you to change or cancel your flight for free. If you decide to cancel, some airlines allow the ticket cost to carry over to future flights, ensuring that you don’t lose the money you initially spent on your tickets.

So, just work with your airline here. Give them a call and be patient, because they are likely receiving hundreds or even thousands of calls a day due to the recent virus outbreak.

Take Sanitary Precautions

You’ve probably seen this everywhere and you’ll see it more: wash your hands with soap. Soap breaks down the virus and kills it. This will keep you healthy and prevent it from spreading. This is especially important given that the coronavirus has a high infection rate.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer also works great to kill germs, but you’ll have a lot of difficulties finding that in stores or online. Most of it is sold out or price gouged. Thankfully it’s not necessary and you can stick to hand washing.

Also, wipe down surfaces around your home or places that may harbor a lot of germs such as keyboards, doorknobs, floors, and bathrooms.

Minimize Travel

One of the most effective things you can do to mitigate the spread of the virus is to minimize travel. This won’t be hard given the travel ban and extensive airline cancellations recently put in place. But, this doesn’t mean just airline travel. Try to stay in your home and away from others as much as possible. This means postponing your walks in your neighborhood, your trips to the mall, or other errands you may need to get done.

Some workplaces have closed the office and gone remote, along with schools and universities across the country. Digital technology will be your best friend as the WHO and CDC continue to combat the spread of the coronavirus and work toward a viable cure.

Be prepared to contract the coronavirus.

It’s important for you to mentally prepare yourself for the possibility that you may contract the coronavirus. If this occurs, you should operate under strict quarantine and limit contact with anyone as much as possible. 

Facemasks are not effective to prevent you from obtaining the virus since its particles are so small. They will either pass through the fabric in the mask or travel through the small opening between your mask and your skin.

However, they can be an effective measure toward containing the spread of the virus if you have it, mainly to prevent the spread of droplets produced by coughing or sneezing that contain the coronavirus.

A woman posted a video on YouTube of his story contracting this disease, how he endured the process and some of the symptoms he experienced. Take a look below.

More on the Coronavirus

The coronavirus has been dominating the media for several weeks. The first case was reported on December 8 in Wuhan, China, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Since then, it has spread to 149 countries (as of the date this article was published).

Most of the cases are mild — over 80% in fact (Note: This data is updated in real-time). The WHO announced a 3.4% mortality rate for the disease on March 3. The highest at-risk groups are those over 60 and those with compromised or weakened immune systems.

China has been able to contain the virus, with over 80% of its affected population now recovered, but it could not be contained. The WHO declared the virus a pandemic on March 11, 2019.

Countries around the world are scrambling to combat the virus. China took the most drastic measures, banning public gatherings and confining people to their homes. They even rewarded citizens for reporting any violations of their quarantine orders, according to NPR.

The virus was declared “contained” in China after three consecutive days of no new cases outside the Hubei province by President Xingping.

Italy has also banned public gatherings and suspended sporting events until April 3, NPR reported. Iran, Spain, France, and Germany also banned public gatherings of varying sizes, among other measures.

Now with over 2000 cases, the USA has begun to take drastic measures to curb the spread of the virus. Most recently, President Trump declared a national emergency, granting Congress $50 billion to devote to virus prevention and containment.

Also, the diagnosis of a professional basketball player led to a domino effect of drastic measures. Several professional sports leagues suspended their regular season: the NBA, MLB, and the NHL. The college sports league, the NCAA, also canceled all of its outside competition. 

So, what can you do?

The most important thing to do is to mitigate the spread of the virus. The most common transmission method is person-to-person. If you make contact with a contaminated person or surface and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, this will increase your risk of contracting the sickness. To combat this, wash your hands frequently.

The CDC also recommends that people keep their distance from one another — to help enforce this, travel has been restricted across the world. Just one example is the travel ban below.

It is also a very good idea to strengthen your body’s own defenses by eating lots of nutrient-dense foods like fruits and vegetables and eliminating as many processed foods as possible.  Get plenty of sleep and try to take time to create space to meditate or do other activities that invigorate you. Maybe take a couple of days off from news and social media.

Good luck in quarantine and stay safe!

Recap

That concludes our ultimate guide to airline travel and the coronavirus. Remember that the coronavirus is the most highly mentioned disease ever. We’ve had over two billion mentions in the media as of March 22, 2020, and HIV comes in at second at just 69.5 million.

With so much content to sort through, stick to the reputable governmental health organizations: the WHO and the CDC. Follow their social media and visit their website for frequent updates on the latest about this global pandemic.

Good luck with rescheduling your travel plans. If you bought tickets with an airline that’s not on this list, don’t worry. The airline’s website will have updated information on the outbreak and how it impacts your travel, along with some helpful FAQs.

For some more helpful information on the virus itself, click here.

Thanks for reading — and don’t forget to wash your hands!

 
 
 
 
 
Essential Guide to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)

Essential Guide to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)

Beijing International Airport - PEK

China is becoming not only a business hub for foreign investment but also a tourist destination. If you are traveling to the capital city of Beijing, China, consider using the Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). 

Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), is the capital’s main airport. It is also the second busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger numbers, serving over 90 million passengers. In terms of cargo traffic, it comes in at number 13. 

In total, the airport has three terminals. While terminals 1 and 2 are not as modern as such, terminal 3 is a masterpiece of the architecture industry. Terminal 3 is also the second-largest terminal by size and the sixth-largest building in the world. In 2017, it ranked second in the busiest airport terminals in the world. 

It can be easy to get overwhelmed in a busy airport like the PEK. But it should not discourage you from using the airport for your next trip.

To make it easier for you, we have compiled the ultimate guide to get you moving comfortably through the airport. The guide will show you how to get to and from the airport. It will also show you the available lounges for you to relax, the shops for those souvenirs, as well as the transport modes within the airport.   

Location – How to get to PEK and leave

PEK is located in Chaoyang District, 32 km northeast of the city center. 

One way to get to and from the PEK is by taking a cab. There are four express tollways to get to the airport, with two of the roads running directly from the airport to northeastern Beijing.

To get to and from terminals 1 and 2, you can use the Airport Expressway or the Northern Airport Expressway. You can access Terminal 3 through the 2nd Airport Expressway.

It is vital to have the details of your destination printed out in Chinese in case you get a cab driver who does not speak the English language. 

The second mode of transport to and from the airport is through rail. Capital Airport Express operates as part of the Beijing subway and runs through terminal 2 and 3 to the city. A one-way trip will take around 16 to 20 minutes.   

Alternatively, there are airport buses available that serve various routes within the city and the three terminals. However, these buses do not accept cash. You’ll need a paper ticket to use the bus.

These tickets are available on the first floor of every terminal and various stops within the city. Some of the cities where you can catch these buses include Baoding, Tianjin, Tangshan, and Langfang. 

Car rentals are also available at the PEK airport. You can purchase a car rental at the entrances of Terminal 2 and 3, where rental desks are located. If you are using terminal 1, the car rental desks are accessible at the information desks on the first floor, between Gate 1 and 3.

For movements within the airport, you can use the shuttle. The shuttle buses operate 24/7. From 6 am to 11 pm, they arrive every ten minutes, and from 11 pm to 6 am, they arrive every 30 minutes. 

Benefits of Traveling via PEK

For starters, the airport operates 24/7, making it accessible at any time of the day. Also, some shops and lounges run throughout the day. It’s easy for you to get rest if you’re feeling tired; on the contrary, you can check out some cool souvenirs and shop while you await your flight.

The airport is also strategically placed, at 32 kilometers from the city center., There are several options to get you to and from the city center in time.

Another benefit of traveling via PEK is the chance to experience the Chinese culture, without leaving the airport. There are tea shops, artistic shops, and spas to check out within the airport. 

Things to Do and See at the PEK Airport

While here, one of the things to do is to enjoy the array of shopping options at your disposal. Get all those souvenirs needed back home from the many shops. Also, don’t forget to sample the local cuisine. 

For passengers using Terminal 3 who have a few hours to kill before their flight, the garden is excellent for you to sit back and unwind. The garden has fishponds, and you can feed the fish between 9 am and 3 pm when the airport security is around with fish food. 

If your layover takes almost a whole day, then take this opportunity and explore the city of Beijing.

Alternatively, you can stay within the airport’s vicinity and break a sweat. At the Hilton Beijing Airport Hotel, you can pay to use their fitness center, the spa, or even their heated swimming pool. The good thing is that there is a service shuttle that runs between the airport and the hotel 24/7. So, you shouldn’t have trouble making your flight as long as you keep track of the time.

Parking Information 

Parking services are available in all three terminals. In case you forget where you parked, no need to worry. Garage 2 and 3 offer finding services 24/7. The airport also has wheelchair parking near Terminal 1 at Garage 5.

Airport Hours of Operation 

The airport is operational 24/7. For transport within the airport, the shuttle buses operate 24/7. 

Airlines that Operate at PEK

PEK is the hub for Air China, Hainan Airlines, China Southern Airlines, and China Eastern Airlines. It also serves many other airlines, both domestic and international. Below are some of the major passenger airlines that operate at PEK:

  • Air Canada
  • Air France 
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Delta Air Lines
  • EgyptAir
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways 
  • Qatar Airways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • KLM
  • Swiss International Air Line

Shops & Restaurants

The PEK airport shops and restaurants are not to disappoint, especially for anyone looking to experience the Chinese culture. But this is not the only culture to experience here since you can enjoy fast foods, formal dishes, and western dishes as well as something for your sweet tooth. There are a total of 72 stores for you to choose from!

Apart from enjoying the array of cuisines, the airport also has a commercial area where there are banks, internet services, forex bureaus, book stores, nursing rooms, free charging powers, and dressing rooms in all the three terminals — and these aren’t the only amenities.   

Lounges

The Beijing International Airport is not one to disappoint if you are looking for a place to relax. While waiting for your flight, then the below lounges are at your disposal:

BGS Premier Lounge

This lounge is inside Terminal 2 and 3, past the security..

The lounge at Terminal 2 charges $29 per traveler while the one at Terminal 3 charges $44 per traveler. 

The lounge at Terminal 2 is open from 5 am to 2 am every day of the week. The lounge at Terminal 3 has varying hours of operation. From Monday to Wednesday and on Saturdays, it is open 24/7. On Thursdays and Fridays, it is open from 12 am to 2 am and from 5 am to 12 am. 

With both, you will get two hours of access. The lounges offer free WiFi, showers, snacks, premium food, and drinks. From here, you can relax and still keep tabs on your flight using their flight monitors.

ICBC VIP Lounge

It is located inside Terminal 1 past security. It is open from 6 am to 10 pm throughout the week. Some of the complimentary amenities include snacks, TVs, internet terminals, and WiFi.

BCAT Lounge

For anyone who is connecting flights and has a couple of hours to kill, the BCAT Lounge is ideal. It’s a great place to get some shuteye. You will pay an additional cost at the front desk, but this gives you at least 19 hours of access to their private nap rooms! It’s located inside the security of Terminal 3E and is open 24/7. Unfortunately, it is only accessible to international passengers using Terminal 3E.

Complementaries include flight monitors, WiFi, premium food, TVs, and snacks.    

Other Services

The airport has free WiFi available to all passengers. If you have a Chinese mobile number, you will receive a user ID and password via a text. If you don’t, you can ask for the user ID and password from the information desks or scan your passport at the self-service machines.

Alternatively, get yourself a portable WiFi router, which is especially convenient if you are staying in China for a while. It can even be delivered at the airport in case you left home without one.

In Conclusion

If you are planning a trip to China, then Beijing International Airport is an excellent airport to choose from. From here, you have access to the city center and other stops in the city using cabs or bus shuttles and you can also experience some of the famous Chinese cuisines right from the airport.

There are free WiFi and a commerce center, which makes it possible for you to catch up with your loved ones or business deals.

You’re sure to enjoy this airport. What are you waiting for? Go plan a trip!

Which Airlines Accept Paypal For Payment?

Which Airlines Accept Paypal For Payment?

Which Airlines Accept Paypal

 

Can you actually pay for your flight using PayPal? Yes, you sure can! Here’s how.

These days, booking your travel online is the most common way to go. It’s so easy to do with online companies like Expedia and Trip Advisor.

PayPal has offered its service to many airlines all over the world. The list of airlines that accept PayPalas a payment option for airline tickets continues to grow all the time. People love using PayPal to pay for their flights as it’s convenient and secure.

And it’s not only airlines that are accepting PayPal for traveling. Companies like Air B&B, Agoda, cruise lines, car rentals, and many others now accept PayPal.

According to PayPal.com, “PayPal is accepted all over the world in many different currencies. This means you can still enjoy the same easy, secure service anywhere you go from participating business partners.”

 

Why Should You Consider Paying for Your Flight with PayPal?

 

 

It’s convenient, quick and easy – You won’t need to dig out your credit card, plus when your booking online it’s so easy to click that pay with PayPal button!

It’s a safe and secure way to pay online – PayPal is trusted by millions of people around the world as a proven way to pay online safely.

No extra fees – Some airline will charge extra fees if you pay with your credit card. If you pay with PayPal, you will avoid these unnecessary fees.

You may not have a credit card – Remember the days of needing a credit card to book anything for your travels like hotels, car rentals and flights? Well, that’s just not the case anymore.

Yes, in some cases you will still need a credit card, but if you don’t own one, you can still book a flight online without one by using PayPal.

Some Things to Consider when Using PayPal to Pay for Your Flight

Make sure to have a PayPal account already set up prior to booking. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you are in the middle of online booking or about to click the pay now button and realize that PayPal is not set up yet.

PayPal might not be available everywhere. Make sure you confirm this prior to the booking process, as certain countries and areas may not accept it. Plus check if your currency is allowed.

Confirm any airline fees. Always check to make sure of any additional fees the airline may charge if you use PayPal. You don’t want a surprise charge that you were not expecting.

PayPal credit.

If you live in the U.S, PayPal allows you to defer payments for 6 months. That may be something you want to take advantage of. But not all airlines allow you to pay with PayPal credit.

List of Airlines that Accept PayPal in 2021

I have put together a full list of airlines that accept PayPal in 2021. Keep in mind that this list is current as of the time of writing and is subject to change without notice. This list is in alphabetical order and sorted by region.

 

Asia

  1. AirAsia
  2. AirChina
  3. Cebu Pacific
  4. ChinaAirlines
  5. ChinaEastern
  6. ChinaSouthern
  7. HainanAirlines
  8. MalaysiaAirlines–Only when using their mobile app
  9. PhilippineAirlines
  10. Scoot
  11. SingaporeAirlines
  12. ThaiAirways
  13. VietnamAirlines

 

 

 

Africa

1. EthiopianAir
2. KenyaAirways
3. SouthAfricanAirways

Central America

  1. Aero Mexico
  2. Interjet
  3. Volaris

Europe

  1. Alitalia
  2. AegeanAirline
  3. AirBaltic
  4. AustrianAirlines
  5. AzoresAirlines
  6. BritishAirways
  7. BrusselsAirlines
  8. CzechAirlines
  9. Eurowings
  10. GermanWings
  11. Jet2
  12. KLM–Only when paying with the mobile app will PayPal be accepted.
  13. LOT Polish Airlines
  14. Lufthansa
  15. Monarch–GBP and EUR currencies only
  16. Ryanair
  17. SAS
  18. SATA
  19. TAPPortugal
  20. Transavia
  21. Vueling

Middle East

  1. ElAl
  2. Emirates–AUD/EUR/GBP/USD currencies only.
  3. Etihad Airways–Only in USD,GBP,and AED and only for flights originating in countries where that currency is used
  4. QatarAirways
  5. RoyalJordanian
  6. SaudiAirlines

North America/Caribbean

  1. AirTran
  2. CarribeanAirlines
  3. Delta–OnlyforflightsintheUS
  4. JetBlue–Not including flights to the Dominican Republic
  5. Southwest
  6. United–Only for flights in the US
  7. US Airways
  8. AmericanAirlines–Only for flights in the US, Canada, and the UK and must use a US PayPal account.

 

Oceanic

  1. Jetstar Australia
  2. VirginAustralia

 

South America

  1. Azul
  2. GOL
  3. LAN

In total, that’s 59 Airlines around the world that accept PayPal. Perhaps more by the time you are reading this.

The first airline started accepting PayPal in 2007. That was Northwest Airlines. The second to follow was Southwest Airlines.

As I mentioned earlier, many other travel companies use PayPal as well.

 

Travel Sites Accepting PayPal

Booking any kind of travel can be a challenging and frustrating experience and can also prove to be stressful as you search high and low for the best deals and discounts for your airfare.

Once you find the perfect deal, you might also find that you have limited time to take advantage of that deal and having to grab your credit card to input all those numbers is wasting some valuable money-saving time.

You may not even have a credit card at all, to begin with, because you are trying to avoid falling into debt, but you still need a way to pay for your flight. For all of this, PayPal definitely comes in handy and proves to be a very convenient choice.

The following are a few of the bigger travel companies that currently accept PayPal as an online payment;

Expedia

They are a participating business partner with PayPal which means that you can use your PayPal account to secure your flight or any other vacation aspect like hotel or rental, a cruise, and more.

Hotels.com

If you are looking for high-quality hotel chains, all-inclusive resorts, or other luxurious destinations to stay on your next vacation, then this is a site that makes it easy to book and accepts PayPal for an even more convenient booking experience.

Orbitz

Often used to book flights and hotels, this is another popular site that travelers visit to find the best deals and discounts available on everything they need for their next vacation. This includes the flight, hotel bookings, and rental car service.

As already mentioned, Southwest Airlines also accepts PayPal in addition to other sites, including HomeAway, Hotwire, and VRBO, among several others.

Need to find the right luggage and accessories for your next trip? Nomatic.com creates the most functional gear for travelers including luggage, bags, wallets and much more.

RoamRight travel insurance also accepts PayPal. Travel insurance is a necessity these days. You can get an easy free quote online by clicking below.

Get the best prices and selection online for hotels by using Agoda.

So, if you are traveling with any of these airlines or any of the other companies mentioned, go ahead and use PayPal! It’s safe and secure, easy and convenient, and using PayPal as a form of payment is growing all the time.

Hopefully, you found this helpful. As always, feel free to leave a comment or send us a message anytime via our contact form.

Thanks for reading!

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Buying A Sim Card In Europe (Best Sim Card Deals in 2021)

Buying A Sim Card In Europe (Best Sim Card Deals in 2021)

 

 

Why should you buy a sim card for other countries?

If you are traveling overseas into Europe, it is generally a good idea to get a sim card while you are there. Or purchase one prior to leaving. Even though your non-European cell phone will work there, it can get quite expensive.

It is recommended to use a European sim card if you plan to use your phone for voice or data.

Getting a new sim card will give you a European mobile number and you will pay cheaper rates than if you were to stay with your current provider, even with an international plan. Generally, with a European SIM card, it’s free to receive domestic texts and calls.

If you make domestic or local calls, expect to pay anywhere from about 2–20 cents/minute and 5–15 cents to send a text within the EU.

To save money and get the best rates, buy a new SIM card every time you go to a new country.

 

How to buy a sim card in Europe?

To get a European SIM card, you’ll need to do the following:

Make sure you have a proper phone. You will need to have one that can be unlocked for the new sim card to work. I find a lot of cell phone providers lock their phones so you can’t switch sim cards.

First check with your current provider, if you have a phone that cannot be unlocked, you will need to buy one for your trip. You can buy a cheaper unlocked phone if you plan to use it for international travel only.

You can also buy one in Europe when you get there that will already have the proper sim card installed.

Shop around for a new sim card. It will be easy for you to buy a sim card in Europe. They are located everywhere, including all mobile phone stores, shopping malls, newsstands, and vending machines.

They will normally cost no more than $10 and will include some minutes for the amount you pay. If you are using a smartphone, you will want data. Expect to pay around $30 for a sim card that will include a months data usage.

Also if you are traveling with a tablet or laptop and you need data coverage, make sure you include it as well. You can read more on the best tablets for international travel here.

Once you purchase the new card, ask the store clerk to install and set it up for you. Make sure to test it at the store by making a call. It will most likely ask you for a PIN code, so make sure to enter it properly and if you need it to be translated for your language, ask the clerk how and where you can set that up.

 

girl using cell phone how to buy a cell phone in europe

 

Best sim card for Europe with data

Here are 3 of the best providers that offer sim cards with data.

 

1. Orange Holiday Europe – Prepaid SIM card


✅ 10GB of Internet in Europe on 4G networks – Data tethering and use in hotspots allowed

✅ 2 hours and 1000 texts from Europe to worldwide

✅ Credit valid 14 days after 1st use

✅ Triple cut SIM card (standard/micro/nano). No activation, easy to use

✅ Covers 30 countries in Europe: Andorra, Azores, Aland islands, Germany, Austria, Balearic Islands, Belgium, Canary Islands , Cyprus, Corfu, Crete, the Cyclades, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France mainland, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Rhodes, Romania, UK, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden

✅ Easy to recharge online

 

You Can Get The Orange Holiday Europe– Prepaid SIM card on Amazon here:

 

 

 

2. Mobal Europe Plus SIM Card – Excellent Coverage Throughout Europe

✅ 1GB of fast 4G data included

✅ Free calls & texts: Unlimited and FREE incoming calls & texts. Super low call rates to USA and Canada from most countries.

✅ No contract necessary

✅ Your SIM is activated for one month. Service is active from the start date of your choice and will end 30 days after the start date.

✅ Easy to recharge online

 

You can get the Mobal Europe Plus SIM card on Amazon here:

 

 

 

3. OneSimCard Prepaid International SIM Card


✅ Mobile coverage in over 200 countries, free incoming calls in over 160 countries

✅ Mobile data service in over 160 countries

✅ SIM offers a European and US phone number

✅ 5 GB of international roaming data available

✅ Wi-Fi and mobile data calling using same phone number

✅ Free incoming texts from everywhere

✅ No contracts, simply pay for the service you use

 

You can get the OneSimCard Prepaid International SIM Card on Amazon here:

 

 

 

Buying a SIM card in the United Kingdom

Basically, in the UK there are 4 main network providers. (O2, EE, Three, and Vodafone). They will all be very similar in price and coverage. You will find any one of these providers fairly easily, and honestly just go with the one that is convenient for you. It’s not worth the hassle of looking around too much to save a few cents.

 

Topping up your SIM card

If you are not going to be using your mobile phone very much in the UK, it might be more cost-effective to buy a UK prepaid SIM card from a mobile phone shop. You can also purchase top-up vouchers whenever you need more credit. It’s very convenient and easy to do.

Some UK mobile phone companies include:

  • Carphone Warehouse
  • Phones 4 U
  • O2
  • Vodafone
  • T-Mobile
  • Orange

You can either opt for a contract or a Pay-As-You-Go. Look at the pros and cons of both options to see what works best for you. If you decide to use a longer-term contract, you will need to provide the following documentation:

  • Proof of identity
  • Address in UK
  • Enrolment in University/college (or acceptance letter)
  • Proof of employment (or acceptance letter)
  • Bank details

Some of the larger providers will do a credit check, so if you are not a citizen or cannot pass a check, then the best way to go is a pay as you go plan.

 

Summary:

Before you travel to Europe, ensure you have a cell phone that can be unlocked. If your current phone cannot be unlocked, then you will need to buy one. Check with your current provider to find prices and rates under your current plan to use in Europe.

Chances are it will be better to buy a SIM card when you arrive in Europe, but you can also get one prior to leaving. You can check the best prices on Amazon here, or purchase one once you arrive at your destination.

Don’t forget a data plan if you will need data. Data can be very expensive if you don’t have a proper plan. Also, you can read up on the EU rules for data and roaming policies here.

Hopefully, this helps you with some tips on buying a SIM card for traveling to Europe. There are many options available, so choose the one that works best for you.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

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