Global Data – Flexiroam X

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Flexiroam Single Mum Travels

What is Data Roaming?

Data roaming happens when you travel outside your own country’s network into another. By having data roaming activated you will be using another country’s network for connecting to the Internet, making and receiving phone calls and text messages.

 

Downsides of Data Roaming while Travelling to Multiple Countries

The number 1 downside of data roaming is that it’s expensive, you’ve likely read horror stories of travellers running up huge data bills from their own network providers, one way to get around this is to buy a new SIM card for each country you visit but this incurs the cost of a new SIM, topping up and once you leave to another country you have to start the whole process all over again, not my idea of fun. You could also try to connect to free WIFI hotspots but this again is not easy and time consuming as well as dealing with slow Internet connections, not ideal if you’re working remotely while travelling either.

 

A Solution Discovered – What is Flexiroam X?

Flexiroam X is a new product launched this year in 2016 based in Kuala Lumpur; they created an ultra-thin SIM card that discreetly attaches to your current SIM. This means you are able to use two SIM cards in 1 changing over when needed just by restarting your phone.

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How to set up Flexiroam

I got my Flexiroam SIM card pack within 3 days, I opened the parcel and found the neatly presented SIM pack with clear, simple instructions on how to set-up and use the SIM. Hassle free and within 10 minutes I was able to start using the free data that I accumulated by signing up after unlocking my phone from my network provider.

Single Mum Travels Flexiroam X

Single Mum Travels Flexiroam X

I needed to download the App from the Android store, set up an account in a matter of minutes, inserted the microchip on top of my own SIM card by following the easy to understand illustrated instructions contained within the Flexiroam X data pack as well as the App walkthrough instructions. The Flexiroam X chip does not affect your own Sim card, as it is just a thin film that sticks on your own Sim card.

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What Devices Flexiroam X is Compatible With?

Flexiroam X is compatible with any unlocked iOS and Android smartphone with any SIM size. You need to check with your original service provider if you need to unlock your device, as I needed to arrange for my phone to be unlocked.

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Flexiroam X works with Nano-Sims as long as they are not cut from micro or regular sizes, in other words it must be original Nano-Sim.

 

How Many Countries Does Flexiroam Operate In?

Flexiroam currently has 3G coverage in over 100 countries and 4G coverage in 56 countries which you can check out below or here: http://web.flexiroamx.com/#coverage

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I used my Flexiroam X in London, United Kingdom with 4G coverage; I give the speed and reliability 10/10.

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Benefits of Flexiroam X

Flexiroam X is the ultimate flexible roaming experience, here I am in the heart of London with so many attractions and green spaces available to visit. It’s not always easy nor possible to go through the process of searching the free Wi-Fi hotspots, signing up, and then logging in.

Moving fast-paced from location to location, not returning to the same attraction more than once, it’s just too much of a hassle when on vacation to search for free WIFI. The more streamlined a process is, the easier it is to focus on what matters most and that’s having fun and enjoying every moment of your holiday.

Flexiroam X completely solves this issue for me; it allows a constant streamlined 4G roaming experience, no hassle, and just a simple process you have to go through only once to sign up and get started. I don’t have to worry about changing Sim cards as I change countries. I can spend my holiday roaming fast and freely instead of searching for random WIFI hotspots.

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Single Mum Travels Experience of Flexiroam X

I found Flexiroam X to be such a unique product. The experience has so many added benefits from being able to see Trip Advisor travel highlights at thousands of supported locations via the Flexiroam X App, the ability to unlock FREE DATA by allowing each user of Flexiroam X to create custom referral codes, I can ensure I get more data for my money!

If you truly seek to take advantage of the Flexiroam X benefits, you can unlock even more data through several levels of referrals. The more friends and family you refer the more FREE DATA you gain to use at all corners of the globe.

Flexiroam X is so ideal for frequent multicounty travellers on a budget just like me who want the benefits of easy data roaming without worrying about running up a huge mobile bill.

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Would I recommend Flexiroam?

Yes I would! For a large data user like me I have found the holy grail of data roaming.

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HOW TO PACK FOR A CRUISE

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Are you off on a cruise this year? If you’re a first-timer or aren’t a regular cruise-goer, we’ve pulled together some useful tips and tricks to help you get the best out of your cruise holiday, from organising your holiday outfits so that you get maximum use and minimal baggage weight to important advice for your travels!
Cruise ships often have glittering evenings so dine on board in style and feel like a star in our gorgeous occasion maxi dresses, ensure you’ve packed a formal maxi dress and a casual maxi dress for those days out, as well as casual tops and shorts to chill out in. Not forgetting of course, the all-important pool-side attire which you’ll probably be living in, soaking up the beautiful Mediterranean sun paired with your favourite sandals, be it embellished, gladiator style, flip flops or wedges!

Cruise Packing Guide

Cruise Packing Guide by http://www.jdwilliams.co.uk

Look like a cruise pro with our tips below…
TOP 10 TIPS

  1. Know the dress-code! Look at the itinerary for your cruise beforehand and note down the specific dress code for your cruise liner – there may be specific evenings where formal dress is required.
  2. Don’t miss the boat. Be prepared with a watch, alarm clock and map/directions to ensure you get to your port on time when exploring the islands.
  3. Some cabins may be small, so don’t over-pack. Most ships offer a laundry service so you can recycle & mix and match your outfits (we show you how, below!)
  4. Be clear on what’s included in your ticket and more importantly what’s not. You don’t want to end up racking up a huge bar bill by the end of your trip.
  5. Avoid high phone charges. Check your cruise has WiFi and use a service such as Whats App to connect with friends and family on board for free.
  6. Don’t miss the shows. Get up to speed with the planned activity for the week, highlight your favourites so you’re sure to make the most of your trip without missing out on the entertainment.
  7. Binoculars are a great item to pack – explore the great sea, go whale watching or simply use in when exploring on dry land.
  8. Keep important documents with you such as passports & travel tickets.
  9. Before you book, if you’re prone to sea sickness try and get a cabin in the mid-ship on a low deck, this is where you should feel the least amount of movement.
  10. Interact with the ship’s crew, you never know what insightful knowledge they can pass on, from sharing little known facts about the ship or what to see and do on dry land.

 

Excess Baggage When Travelling – Who Needs It!

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Too Much Luggage Single Mum Travels

As parents, we are always used to ensuring that we carry with us all the essentials on a day out. However, it gets trickier when travelling internationally.

It can be almost impossible to physically carry everything we need; what our child needs; and the child as well! The last thing we want to do is make the decision to leave something behind to later regret it.

Sometimes it’s not possible to carry all the items we want for a particular trip. I know from experience that carrying a child and a heavy backpack around South America isn’t ideal.

Packing For Travel

When adventuring in certain countries with vast climates such as Peru, you need to pack clothing suitable for each climate. For example, consider bringing wooly jumpers, hiking boots, hats, scarves and gloves for the mountainous climate in Cusco and hiking Machu Picchu. On the other hand, shorts, dresses, t-shirts, cargo trousers, and a DSLR camera should be on top of your list if you’re travelling to humid Amazon jungle treks. It also goes without saying that beachwear, sandals, and modest summer attire are the necessities when travelling in the city and walking along beaches.

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Clearly, carrying clothing and equipment for 3 climates takes a lot of effort. You might even feel stressed about packing for the holidays if this is the case. Imagine how difficult packing would be if you’re a single parent who also needs to pack your children’s belongings.

In addition to the stress that packing brings, airlines charge a lot of money for excess baggage. They are sneaky; Unfortunately, a key ancillary revenue stream for airlines is huge excess baggage fees, which sometimes make any cheap bargain flight not worth it in the end. So where does that leave us?

Excess Baggage Single Mum Travels

Remember, we’re going to be visiting places with different climates. This will require us to bring the proper set of clothing as well as equipment like cameras or snorkeling gear. In addition, you may find yourself bringing along your baby’s carrier. This increases the chances of needing more than the allowed airline baggage weight.

Being a single parent, we are responsible for finding alternative travel arrangements. With all the items we need to bring on our trip, we need a reliable solution. Personally, I don’t want to leave behind essentials, but at the same time I don’t want to waste unnecessary money on hefty penalty fees.

 

World Baggage - Single Mum Travels

Fortunately, I discovered a company called World Baggage. They offer a freight service that offers up to 70% off the price of excess baggage compared to what airlines charge. The fact they have created such a useful niche they really can secure the very best fees for shipping around and sending baggage to almost anywhere in the world.

They have a very simple and easy to use system that allows you to plan and book online. You select and choose your preferred service, pack and label your bags, schedule the collection and drop off location. The payments are made online and the best part is you can track you baggage online from your mobile phone.

The most useful service I found was the delivery to door courier service. You don’t need to take your baggage or equipment to the airport and to the hotel yourself. World Baggage will deliver your luggage directly for you. Note though that delivery may take around 3-5 days. So it would make sense to get your bags packed and collected a few days before your departure. Doing so will ensure that you receive your baggage just as you arrive at your hotel.

Thanks to companies like World Baggage, you can travel lightly and stress free with your children. You need not worry about how you’re going to carry your luggage or pay the excess baggage fees at the airport.

Too Much Luggage Single Mum Travels

I love the idea of having my baggage taken care of. What makes it even more convenient is that payments can be made online in your local currency so you won’t be caught short at the airport with cash or incur card transaction fees.

It makes sense for me. We are going to travel around the world next year, from Asia, to the South Pacific, USA and Africa, there is no way I’m going to hoard around our luggage for the entirety of the 4-6 month trip. Can you imagine the amount of bags we need to bring? Imagine how hard it will be to get from airport to airport while managing the kids. I’d rather save my sanity and relax knowing that I can rely on a company such as World Baggage to take care of my baggage for me. As parents, we need to be smart and savvy with our travels and this is possibly the answer!

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