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27 July 2011

Holidays in heaven, phone bills from hell

Have you heard what happens if you forget to switch the data roaming facility off on your smart phone when you're abroad?

Have you heard what happens if you forget to switch the data roaming facility off on your smart phone when you're abroad?

"I got a call in the morning from my service provider," he said, "asking whether I knew that my bill was now R16 000."

  • Holidays are about rest and recovery right? So book one that doesn't have you getting stuck in airports, living out of a suitcase, and being perpetually defensive about whoever is ripping you off in a foreign language.
  • The best things in life are friends and family. So whatever holiday you choose, make it one that you share.
  • Leave as much technology behind as you can stand to. If you're going abroad, buy a cheap phone at the airport when you land, with a local SIM card, and let a key person at home know its number. Emergency contact sorted; no scary bills.
  • Read up on the stuff you need to know on our Travel Health Centre or ask our Travel Health Expert. If there's a rare something going around, best you know about it before you head off. And get travel insurance. Another of my friends is currently holed up in a hospital far from home because he fell off a ladder fixing a gutter, and broke a foot.

 
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