Staying in Touch While Traveling


I’ve been without wifi access for the past few days and while I knew it would be hard, I didn’t think it was going to be this bad. I mean, I feel like I did when I quit smoking.

Wifi= the new nicotine.

I’ve been trying to figure out exactly how to keep contact with the outside world for some time. Wifi extender? Modem? Hot spot? What?

And then, how to keep the family updated – skype? Magic jack? Facetime? How to stay in touch while traveling?

There are a lot of options out there now – which is why I wanted to write a quick post and let you know about a company called Rebtel – you can make free international calls with them. AND they have a wifi calling app for the iphone.


You can call any other Rebtel user from your iphone FOR FREE, and you can call anyone else through the system. Easy peas. No catches.

Since most everyone I know has an iphone, we literally can be sitting on the beach in Mexico, calling family to say hi. We could call my Mom in California or even Mikey’s (jet-setting) Mom in Ho Chi Minh city or Paris, which ever she happens to be.

This, I am really happy to be connecting to before we cross the border.

I have another post coming right up on all the advice that I’ve received from Jessica of Life Remotely regarding Modems and SIM cards and all that – it’s worth it’s own post, for those of you that are struggling to make sense of it all, as I have been.

But make a note of Rebtel and their free calling system and the wifi calling app – it doesn’t seem like a whole lot of people know about it.

More later – Mikey’s waiting to hit the road now!



Meriah Nichols is teacher and artist who lives in a yurt off the grid. She is deaf, has 3 kids (one with Down syndrome) and a lot of chickens. She writes about travel, disability, and getting dishes done. She likes her tea Earl Grey and hot.


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