One thing you’ll find out quite quickly when studying abroad is that your cell phone doesn’t work the same as at home. Even with an international phone plan, you’ll be forced to cut back your data usage significantly. You’d be surprised how much data Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and texting use. So, follow these tips and never have to pay for extra data again!Find Wi-Fi
Finding Wi-Fi is one of the most important things you can do to preserve data. Waiting to send your texts and Snapchats until you are at a place where they can send over Wi-Fi will be a lifesaver. Most restaurants and stores have a public Wi-Fi network; you just have to be willing to ask someone working there for a password. If you can hold out on using data until you get to one of these locations, you should be in the clear.Downloading in Advance
Another way to save data is to download things while you are on Wi-Fi so that you can access them offline. Netflix lets you download certain shows and movies, Google Maps lets you download the map for any city, and Spotify lets you download your favourite playlists. Through downloading in advance, you are able to continue using all your favourite apps without a hefty data price tag.Cutting Back
Another thing that you can do to preserve data is cutting back on things that you know use a lot. Sending one text or receiving one Snapchat is not going to use your entire data plan. However, streaming vlogs on YouTube or watching makeup tutorials on InstagramTV will so be mindful of how much data everything you do uses. A great way to do this is to turn off your data, and only turn it on to do something quick, such as a Google search or texting your friend. This way, no apps will be able to use data without your knowledge.
There’s so much we want to do on our phones all the time, and being abroad really limits our ability to do that. But, through following these simple tips, you’ll be able to do all of your favourite things without racking up massive data roaming charges. So, prepare, use your data wisely, and happy travelling!