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communicating with home

7 Apr 2010 Explorer1159917 said

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Hello. I am planning on doing an european tour with contiki this summer and had a question about communicating with home. Did past travellers find it easy to commuicate with family and friends back home? Are hotel phones allowed to make long distance calls? Thank you <img src="http://connect.contiki.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smiler" width="15" height="15"><!--graemlin::)-->
  • 7 Apr 2010 Danki said

    Danki

    if u are taking a laptop, download Skype – this made things great and really cheap to get in touch with people at Christmas time when I was in Europe. I probably wouldnt use the hotel phone – it will cost heaps. If you dont have a laptop, buy a phone card and just use the public phones or buy the eKit SIM on offer from contiki and take an old mobile phone

  • 7 Apr 2010 Ruthie said

    Ruthie

    I downloaded skype onto my ipod touch last night. (go to itunes and search for skype application) its free to download.

    Yesterday I found some earphones that have a microphone attached. They cost $48. So we will be able to call home for free.

    Hoping wifi overseas isnt too slow and it will work okay…

  • 7 Apr 2010 cdm115 said

    cdm115

    it’s a little bit of a hassle. Tell the family not to expect you to call much. You’ll need a calling card or a cell phone to actually talk with home. Some hotels will allow outside calls, which will allow you to use a phone card, some will not. I found trying every couple days will get you through with home about once a week – every country and calling card works a little differently.

  • 7 Apr 2010 Katie said

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    hey i found i managed to speak to my folks almost every day or second day.

    They bought a phone card back here in aus. And i gave them a copy of all the hotels n phone numbers where i was staying.

    Then whenever i was free, i would send them a text and say hey ill be in the hotel in half an hour or how everlong and then they would call. Sometimes it was a bit hard with time differences, I ended up having a conversation with my dad when i got in from a night out in amsterdam at 5am, and from a late night (or early morning) at 8.30 am in nice haha it made my parents think WTF? but at least they knew i was safe and i got to talk to them and all it cost me was an international txt msg!

  • 9 Apr 2010 Explorer1163508 said

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    There’s also another iphone application called Fring. They say you can make free calls to mobile phones. I’m not so sure how it works, but you can give it a try! I’m planning to use it when I leave.

  • 11 Apr 2010 Explorer1159917 said

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    Hey everyone,
    Thanks for your replies, they are helpful seeing that I haven’t done much travelling through Europe. On the same topic, I will have my ipod touch with me, and was wondering whether internet access is fairly easy to get (in hotels, cafe).
    Thanks

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