Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Call for All World Travelers

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on,
deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. --Miriam Beard

Well friends if you remember a couple months ago I mentioned I was going to be traveling to Egypt at the end of the summer for an international pharmacy conference. In preparation for my trip I have been trying to set up ways to communicate with my loved ones back home while I am away. I heard about Google Voice as well as Skype. I do have an iPhone and plan on taking it with me and using in Airplane mode. I have been experimenting with both so far and this is what I have found....

Google Voice
In airplane mode connected to WiFi, I have been able to send text messages, but have yet to figure out how to receive a call or voicemail without switching back to my service. One of the reasons I like this application is the fact I have a different phone number and landlines or technological challenged individuals could use to call me or leave a message.

Has anybody had any experience with this application? Suggestions?

In airplane mode connected to WiFi as well, I have been able to send messages as well as make calls. This seems like a logical solution, but as always I like to know all my options.

Also any helpful travel suggestions y'all have picked up along the way are more than welcome!

I hope y'all are having a wonderful week!


  1. Skype worked well for me in Switzerland, Rome and for my friend in Costa Rica. I'd go with that! :)


  2. You cannot use Google Voice to talk of the phone in other countries without turning on cell service.

    Stephanie and I use Skype when we are abroad. It works really well and I recommend it. It requires a little more organization to schedule calls.

    There is always HeyTell and Voxer if you really need to "call" ASAP.