I have solved one of life's little mysteries: The explanation and use case for the "Shavers Only" electrical outlets found at many hotels. I've long puzzled over the meaning and origin of the "shavers only" electrical outlets found at many hotels. They're ubiquitous in Europe and Australia, and appear to offer 110 volt AC with an American-style two-prong socket. They're … [Read more...] about What is a “Shavers Only” Electrical Outlet?
The difference between American and European mobile phone providers are vast, and the modern traveler is likely to run afoul if they are unprepared, running up a surprisingly large bill! Here's a rundown of my standard techniques to prepare my American mobile phone for travel abroad. Frequency Compatibility The first thing to do when considering a trip abroad is checking … [Read more...] about How to Prepare Your AT&T Phone for Travel Abroad
Traveling overseas is challenging in many ways, but mobile phone and data service is especially difficult. While it's fairly easy to find a reasonable deal locally, it's almost impossible to transfer these deals abroad. The best way to avoid a huge ripoff is to use a local provider, and this is exactly what I did during my recent trip to the UK. I picked up a Huawei E585 "MiFi" … [Read more...] about An Inexpensive Mobile Broadband Alternative When Traveling in the UK