Keeping in Touch While Traveling on the Cheap
Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 8:00 am
We all have a love/hate relationship with traveling. On one hand you get to see the world and experience new cultures, but on the other hand it’s incredibly expensive! To help cut some of your expenses we’ve come up with the best ways to communicate with your loved ones while you’re traveling without using your minutes or texts! The following are apps you can download for free or which you can use for a small charge !
WhatsApp is a low-cost option that allows you to text, send photos, and leave short audio or video messages. WhatsApp also allows for group chats with contacts in addition to sending your locations to your contacts to keep your loved ones updated. Keep in mind this app does cost $0.99 and does not allow you to make phone calls, but it is compatible with iOS and Android.
Viber is another low-cost app that allows you to communicate internationally via text messages or phone calls. Keep in mind the app is free to download, but you will have to purchase credit packs if you plan on calling landlines or other mobile numbers not using the Viber app. Otherwise, if you have Wifi or 3G, Viber is free! Viber is available on a variety of platforms including Android and iOS.
Rebtel is another great option for those with access to Wifi or 3G. Download the app to get free calling to other Rebtel users or low-cost calling options to over fifty other countries and others without the Rebtel app. What makes Rebtel unique is that if you stroll out of a 3G or Wifi reception area you can switch over to your regular operating network seamlessly without dropping your call. Keep in mind that when this does happen your regular network charges do apply. Rebtel is available on both iOS and Android.