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How to change your number on WhatsApp before travelling

Most travellers make use of local prepaid SIM cards when abroad, and most bring their own devices along. When inserting your new SIM, even if it’s temporary, WhatsApp will require you to verify your new number. If your new number is registered and activated, and you have the app already downloaded on your phone, you can simply navigate to Settings → Account → Change Number.

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WhatsApp offers convenience at your fingertips, and makes it so easy to stay in contact with friends and family back home. After changing your number, make sure that your contacts have it so that they are able reach you.

Click here for more information and detailed steps.

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7 Ways a Local Sim will Improve your Travel Experience

Travelling can put a strain on your budget, so the least of your concerns should be the amount you cough up for your phone bill. Using a local SIM is the most feasible and convenient option and it means you won’t have to break the bank when calling or texting in the country you’re visiting.

Here are 7 ways using a local SIM will make your life better while travelling.

1. It’s cheaper

Making use of a local SIM card means you’ll get the best rates for calls, texts and data. Most service providers charge a mammoth amount for their international roaming plans, whereas making use of local services means you can choose a SIM package that suits your pocket – and your needs.

2. It’s easy to set up

Using a local SIM card is easier to set up than most people think. Instead of frantically searching for a mobile kiosk at an airport, you can have your SIM registered, activated and preloaded with credit – ready for collection for when you arrive at the airport.

3. You’re not contractually bound

You don’t have to sign your life away by means of a cell phone contract. Making use of a prepaid SIM means you can choose when you want to top up, and by how much. Companies like B4iTravel offer once-off packages, with the option of topping up with airtime or data whenever you like.

4. You can stay in touch with the locals

Whether you want to text the new friends you made at that beach party, contact the business associate you met at that networking lunch, book accommodation or call the car rental service, doing it from a local number just makes this process so much easier.

5. You can stay in touch with your family and friends abroad

Having your SIM set up beforehand by a company like B4iTravel, means that you’ll be able to give your new number to friends and family before you leave on your trip. Apps like WhatsApp have also made it easier to stay in touch – you can simply use your local number on your current WhatsApp and migrate your settings and chat history.

 6. You can keep your local number for future visits

You don’t have to go through the same processes every time you travel abroad. Simply keep your SIM card in a safe place and use it whenever you visit that country. Most SIM cards have a lifespan of about three years – just make sure with the service provider you’re using.

 7. You can keep your device

On top of making travel plans, you shouldn’t have to get accustomed to a new device. Using a local prepaid SIM means you can keep your own cell phone or data device without the hassle of figuring out a new phone. Just make sure that your phone is network unlocked before you leave.

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, your priority should be to make the most of your time away and not painstakingly fret on how you’ll reach your loved ones.

B4iTravel takes the admin and effort of buying and setting up your local SIM out of your hands. Literally. We give you the option to choose a package that most suits your travel needs and you can have it done before you leave your home country!

It’s your call.

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The top travel apps to download b4 you travel to the USA

You want to make the most of your time abroad. So which apps are going to stand you in good stead when you visit the United States of America? Read on and get your app store ready.

Citymapper

Available in over 30 countries worldwide, this is your go-to app for transport. It’s even more integrated in terms of journey planning than Google.

It helps you get where you need to be by providing you with information on nearby Ubers, cycle routes, departure and arrival times of public transport systems and more. It even tells you how long your journey will take by jetpack!

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Click here to learn more about Citymapper.

Duolingo

Even though you’ll get by fine with English, American cities are cosmopolitan; it’ll be good for you to know a bit of foreign banter. This app works like a child’s computer game by taking you through ‘levels’ during which you’ll learn to get the basics of a new language.

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Click here to learn more about Duolingo.

XE Currency

This app is able to give you coverage of current exchange rates – very handy if you are on a budget with your home-base currency.

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Click here to learn more about XE Currency.

Splittr

If you are travelling as a group and sharing costs, this app keeps track of who spends how much on what, so everyone can split the bill evenly without an argument come the end of the journey.

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Click here to learn more about Splittr.

Tripit

Tripit takes all of your transport and accommodation emails and compacts it into a handy scheduled travel document. This comes in handy for time management, and saves you the hassle of carrying around paperwork and taking notes.

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Click here to read more about Tripit.

Free Wifi Finder

This app is sure to be a favourite as it helps you find free WiFi hotspots in more than 50 countries.

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Click here to learn more about WiFi Finder.

Google Photos

We’ve all experienced that moment when we’re having a good time taking photos and your phone runs out of storage and you start going through your pics deleting, arg! Well with Google Photos you’ll never run out of storage again. Their smarter albums are great for all your adventures along with fun animations, movies and more.

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Click here to learn more about Google Photos.

With these apps and some good cheer, you’re bound to have a ball of a time abroad in the States!

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Before you Travel – Here’s how you plan a hassle-free holiday

It’s easy to get a bit side-tracked when planning your trip overseas. Daydreaming about those laid-back balmy beach days or cosy winter nights, can mean that the tedious task of meticulous planning is often left on the backburner.

Go the extra mile by taking the following into account to ensure that your plans run relatively incident-free.

Do you have all the necessary documents?
Is your passport and visa packed? Life has a way of being unpredictable and as Murphy would have it, often with catastrophic consequences. Sigh. Rather play it safe – make a few copies of your documents and keep them close by.

Do you have all the necessary accessories?
We know: things like batteries and alarm clocks don’t make the cut on your list of things to get excited about. However, make sure that you pack them along with the right plugs and adapters, suitable for the country you’re travelling to. Double check that you have locks for your luggage, and even your backpack or travel bag that you’ll carry with you on your daily outings.

Do you have travel insurance?
Are you covered against baggage loss, flight cancellations, and medical emergencies, to name but a few? Get comprehensive travel insurance to ensure that you enjoy a hassle-free holiday.

Is your electronic ticket printed out?
Your e-ticket is usually available 24 hours after confirmation of your booking. You need to present this, along with your passport when you check-in at the airport.

Do you have sufficient travel money?
Getting stuck without money in a foreign country is not how most of us wish to spend our days. Double check with your local bank beforehand to ensure that you have enough cash and credit. Have money on hand in the correct currency for when you land – maybe you’ll need to catch a cab or grab a quick bite. You can always top-up later when needed.

Did you double check your flight status and departure date and time?
Go over your booking again. Make sure your flight is at 09:00 and not 19:00. Oversights happen – especially when you’re under a lot of pressure to get things done. At times flights are delayed, mostly due to the weather, so if you’re travelling in winter, carry a warm blanket, jacket and blow-up pillow with you. The wait can be long and exorbitant.

Did you double check your transport for when you land?
Are you taking a cab or is someone picking you up? If someone is picking you up from the airport, confirm the time with them before you leave.

Did you double check your accommodation booking?
Again, call ahead before you leave. You don’t want to be left out in the cold in another country, or pay thousands for alternative accommodation. Confirm your check-in and check-out times with the place or places you’ll be staying at.

Did you check the weather forecast and pack accordingly?
The weather is subject to change, but you can at least get a feel for what the days and nights will be like. If you’re travelling in summer, be sure to pack warm clothes too as the evenings can oftentimes be chilly. Winter calls for coats, boots, jerseys, raincoats, scarves, and beanies. Go prepared.

Ticking the above points off your list is probably the least fun part of planning. However, it’s a necessary evil if you want to go the distance to ensure that your travel plans run smoothly. Enduring the administrative bore now means you’ll have more time to enjoy your holiday later!

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Google Translate the Local Lingo

If You Don’t Speak the Language let Google Translate

Google Translate(free on iOS and Android). This app can help you overcome some foreign language obstacles. Its simplest feature is the text-translation system— you type in text in a foreign language and Google will give you the English translation, or you type in English what you want to say in another language and Google will show you the foreign text to use.

Google Translate also has a spoken-word feature, where it will listen to someone speaking in, say, French, and show the translated text in English on the screen. This can be unreliable, depending on the noisiness of the environment.

A very handy feature of Google Translate is its camera-based translation. To use this, place text printed in a foreign language in front of your phone’s camera, and on the screen, you’ll see a live image with the words automatically replaced in English. This tool is particularly helpful for reading restaurant menus.

This requires data and can be invaluable when you are out  and about so you may want to buy a little extra data if you will be out and about in a foreign country.

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Share your Data Connection

Bring Along a WiFi Router and Create a Hotspot for the Whole Family

Bring along an inexpensive WiFi router.  With a WiFi router and a local SIM, you can share a data package among your family. Everyone will have the connectivity and convenience of the internet as you travel and tour around.  Use it for directions, Whatsapp, Skype, Factetime, WiFi calling, etc.  You will need a separate SIM with a data package for the router.  Most likely you will still want a another local SIM with voice for making local calls but you will not need extra data  this SIM.

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Btrfly Lounge – The Social App for Airports

When travelling alone, waiting at the airport can be a dull experience to say the least! There is only so much duty free shopping one can do before you are beyond bored.
Cue the entry of Btrfly Lounge:

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“btrfly connects air travellers in real-time and real life. You can chat and meet up with people travelling on the same flight – or someone just passing through the same airport. Create your own profile, then simply check in with your flight number to see who else is heading your way, browse traveler profiles, request connections, and share your travel experiences. Make flying more social today – with btrfly.”

It is a great way to connect with other travellers on the same flight and the possibilities are endless, share a cab, get someone into a business lounge or just hook up for a coffee or drink, or arrange to sit together on the flight.

App is available on iOS and Android.

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Update your phones address book before you travel abroad

Update Your Phone’s Contact List with Places and People you Intend to Visit

Whether you are using your regular phone or a travel phone, make sure to add the phone numbers and address of the places (hotels, restaurants, friends, business associates, airlines) and people you plan on visiting to your contacts or address book. 

This will make calling and using maps easier (no need to look up numbers or google for contact details while you are traveling).

If you are planning on calling outside of the USA, make sure those numbers have the country code as part of their phone number.

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Use an app to create your detailed itinerary

If you on a multi destination journey it can be stressful trying to manage airline tickets, hotel reservation confirmation forms so why not let technology make it easier by using an app?

Free programs and apps like Tripit can make building your itinerary with related details (address, phone number, rate, confirmation number, flight details, dates, etc.) easy.  You can let the app read your email or just forward emails to Tripit (or similar apps) once you have an account.  The app will self-populate your itinerary.  No need to hunt around for the details while you are on the go.

Check it out here https://www.tripit.com

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How to pick a great restaurant while travelling

Choosing a restaurant when travelling can be daunting, you don’t want to be spending your travel time (and money) on poor experiences. There are a variety of apps that provide great reviews on restaurants. Try these when travelling around the USA.

While traveling in the USA, Yelp has a good website and apps are available for iOS and Android. Or you could try OpenTable – it’s a great way to get the opinions of the locals when choosing a restaurant or other venues.  We’ve found them very reliable (look for a high number of reviews and stars). OpenTable also lets you makes reservations online.  TripAdvisor is also an excellent source but Yelp and OpenTable are used by the locals.

The trick when using these type of apps is to try gauge the quality of the reviewers and look for restaurants that respond to reviews, it shows they care.