Wanderlust #21: Tips For Lack of Cell Service When Traveling

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This is something that I would just like to say is a fault for Straight Talk as a company, their phones are locked until one year later. I went to Berlin on the notion that I would be able to put a temporary sim card on my phone that had data. Sadly, because I had purchased my phone in November of 2016, when May 2017 rolled around, it hadn’t been a year. It was extremely frustrating as an international traveler to not have that stability. So, I wanted to give tips on how to travel with no cellular service.

  1. Download an offline version of Google Maps. My favorite thing to do is to “favorite” all the places that I want to go to and then download an offline map version so that I can reference it when I have no WiFi.
  2. Take screenshots of the subway directions to your destination. You can be super sure and take directions back if you wish.
  3. Addresses and addresses. I would 100% recommend making an excel sheet and typing out all the addresses of the places that you want to go, screenshot it or have an offline copy so that if your map doesn’t work, then you can ask a taxi driver or local how to get to a certain place.
  4. Real maps! You can usually get a map of the area or a subway map at the front of the hotel or hostel that you are staying at. Otherwise, find a visitor center that will have all the information that you will need.

What are your tips when you have no cell service?


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Wanderlust #13: Unneccessary Items Packed + What I Wished I Had Packed More Of…

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I didn’t necessarily pack correctly. I will say that if I didn’t buy anything that I would have been just fine but since there was a Monday market where I was in Italy every week…well, you can see that it was a pitfall for me.

What I actually did not need:
-Sun hat
-Swim cover up
-Swimsuit top
-Some clothes

I didn’t really need a sun hat because I wore it maybe once in the five weeks that I was in Italy. I took my swimsuit coverup once and didn’t really use it, it just got wet unnecessarily. Swimsuit tops were nice but I didn’t use them but once or twice. I don’t swim so it was really just a nice thing to have and not necessary. When packing I didn’t realize how important it was to make everything more versatile. I ended up having to haphazardly mix some of my favorite things and not really liking how they turned out together.

What I wish I had packed more of:
-Show blacks
-Plastic bags

I worked behind the scenes and wish I had packed more show blacks because we had two weeks worth of shows and I only packed two black tank tops and two black leggings. I had time to wash them but it would have been nice to have one or two more pairs. Also, packing one pair of jeans would have been nice because there were days in London that were kind of chilly. Underwear, I had plenty of but it would have been nice to have extras the one or two times I ran really low. Plastic bags were the best thing to bring, I brought over forty (or more) and still ran really low/almost out by the end of my time overseas.

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