If you have a smart phone or are thinking of getting one and you are planning a trip to Europe, take it with you. I have an iPhone 5 and call AT&T before going. I can get reduced call costs in Europe, a data plan for Europe and texting for a fee. The phones work fine. We have had no problems at all. If you are at a hotel with WiFi, you don’t need a data plan and can text other iPhones for free using the WiFi. I have apps for subways, translation (Google translator) and sightseeing. If you get lost just use your map app and plug-in your hotel. Make sure you have it set to walk not drive (unless you are driving) and get instructions back to your hotel. You can use this to find museums, monuments and gardens as well or just an interesting restaurant.
The subway apps are fantastic. I use the Paris Metro App to find the nearest metro stop to where I am and then to plot a course on the metro to where I want to go. It tells you which direction to take train, how many stops to go, which trains to switch to and your final stop. The map app can then pick up from the metro stop to your destination.
Your smartphone becomes your European guide book but so much more powerful than any book could be.
What did we do before smart phones?
- I Love the Small Streets of Europe! (travelblogitaly.wordpress.com)
- Healthy Tips for Selection of The Right iPhone 5 case (orangebearuk.wordpress.com)
- The Best Travel Gadgets (onthebeach.co.uk)