Updated: May 20, 2018
As I’m traveling overseas to a number of different countries tomorrow, I had a little panic attack wondering how I’d be able to stay connected to my loved ones whilst abroad.
My closest friends and family know me to be quite the control freak and I tend to become a tad uneasy once I realise that I have no access to the internet. I even went as far as purchasing 8 different sim cards within 13 countries in the span of 6 weeks whilst on my last Euro trip back in 2013.
But alas, an easier option was presented before me all while I was attempting to reconcile my most recent phone bill prior to my leave.
Telstra offer an International Travel Pass which can be activated before or after you leave for overseas. This product can be purchased with different time limits to suit your trip duration (e.g. 30 days) and the clock starts ticking as soon as the service is activated. Therefore I suggest you activate it only after you have arrived at your destination or the day before. I chose to activate my service immediately as I embark on my next adventure in less than 24 hours and don’t want the hassle of having to contact Telstra while overseas.
One should also note that there are various charges depending on the time limit you choose as well as the size of the data allowance available.
Prices current as at 12th August 2015
I chose the 30 Day Package for $300.00 AUD providing me with 1.5GB of data and unlimited calls and text to and from the countries available within their Zone 2 service. This includes Australia as well as 7 out of the 11 countries I’ll be visiting within the next 4 weeks. This means that my family and friends back home can call and text me for the same charges they would pay if I were still home in Melbourne. The majority of people I know are on post-paid plans so standard calls and texts would be at no cost.
I also foresee myself using well over the 1.5GB Data allowance and find the $.03c charge per additional MB to be quite reasonable as oppose to the standard $3.00 per MB rate.
The phone operator I spoke with verified my details and activated my service within 5 minutes also sending both a text and email confirmation instantly. He also mentioned that if I had chosen to activate my Travel Pass from my handset whilst overseas, the number to call would also be free of charge and is located within my Telstra 24/7 app.
These days, I hardly put a price on peace of mind when it comes to being able to contact loved ones at any given time. Although I’ve still yet to utilize the service as it won’t kick in until I reach Dubai, I’m already pleased with how easy my initial queries were answered.
I’ll update this post at the end of my trip with feedback. If you have any questions, comment below and I’ll be happy to answer.