If I leave home and want to use my phone, computer, do banking etc away from home , what do I need to know?

The following is a series of questions you can discuss at the next BMUG meeting - in the library at Leopold - this time - not in our usual meeting room.

There are certain situations that are different in answer if you are overseas from within Oz, but the issues are usually the same.

 You might want to download and try some apps before you leave and become dependent on them .

Here are some of the best international travel apps that could save you time planning, or help you out in a hurry abroad:

  • Currency
  • Instagram
  • Google Flights
  • Airbnb
  • What's App
  • Rome2Rio
  • Kakao
  • Google Translate
  • Hostelworld
  • Google Maps

 This list is from https://www.internationalteflacademy.com/blog/15-best-phone-travel-apps and they tell you about them all on their website. We wuuld say these are for travellers - people who want to be in control of their travel, not so much for those whose travel is organised but they need to stay on the phone etc.

Do you need to think about having podcasts and movies available offline? You might want to check out this option at

Best Apps for Long Flights

If you're travelling in the US, things can be a bit messy so you might want to download MyTSA at: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mytsa/id380200364


Using your Australian phone overseas can be an expensive hobby. Below are suggestions for how to maintain your usual experience but why not take the time to work differently while you are away? Perhaps leave a message that says you will respond by text or email so please send a text or email. This way, at no cost, you can get messages instantly when necessary and respond appropriately.

Otherwise, here is some pretty comprehansive information for you:


Don't forget, 

How to Use Your Phone Overseas Without Being Charged - from SimsDirect

Use Wi-Fi. One of the easiest ways to avoid international roaming charges is to connect to Wi-Fi networks. Most hotels, cafes, and restaurants have them.

Note that wifi in hotels ete is not the same as wifi in the street - and is much safer.

https://accan.org.au › ... › Small business tip sheets
ACCAN says you can use free apps such as FaceTime, WhatsApp and Viber over Wi-Fi to stay in touch while you are overseas. Remember, public Wi-Fi networks may not be secure ...

2FA Authentication when using different SIM card during international travel
Some financial transactions require 2FA even when travelling overseas and while you may have set it up to send verification code to your iPhone with its local SIM and associated phone number, this will not occur if you have installed a different SIM card for use in international locations.
Hence you need to use an Authenticator app


International SIM cards
This site provides advice https://www.whistleout.com.au/MobilePhones/Guides/best-phone-plans-travelling-in-europe

Many phones are compatible (can access a list) to activate an eSIM card and so you do not need to purchase an actual SIM card and wait for its delivery before departure to set up and then activate on your arrival at your first destination.
eSIMs apparently automatically arrive in the region that your eSIM covers and so that simplifies the process.

Is there really safe wifi overseas?

Known as a virtual private network, a VPN allows you to use the internet safely when travelling overseas as it protects your personal data. This includes protection of usernames, passwords, credit card numbers and browser cookies.

5 Safety Tips When Connecting to Wi-Fi Overseas - 28 Degrees

Best Aussie VPNs for Macs

Traveling about Overseas

Train travel

Paper version only posted to you, hence need to allow adequate time to receive.

DB Bahn
Online ticket: The digital rail ticket.
You can buy almost all offers as digital tickets. Then you decide: save the train ticket as an online ticket (PDF) on your mobile device, load it into the DB Navigator app or take it with you on your journey as a printout.

Advantages of online tickets
Can be booked shortly before travel
Save ticket as digital PDF on your mobile device, load it into the DB Navigator app or print it out
Available for almost all DB offers
Alerts you to which carriage your seating is in and the carriage location when it arrives at the platform. Avoids sprinting with suitcases in trail from one end of the platform to the other.

Air travel

Flightradar24 via internet or app.
Can track flights departure, in flight location and arrival.

Flight Tracker etc

Seat Alerts app - suggests better seating locations within the aircraft cabin.


Travel Cards
Need to research carefully to identify benefits and limitations.
Wise, Revolut, Qantas, ANZ


Good review, but dated.

Note caution of selecting AU currency vs local currency as can incur 2 conversion charges.

Southern Cross Travel Insurance web site offers a wide variety of valuable advice available from this travel insurance web site.

15 Apps for easier travel
This site offers a very comprehensive selection of very informative travel tips


Wunderground app and web site for world wide weather

Ventusky app and web site for comprehensive world wide weather

Citymapper - provides much public transport information

What3words - useful for precisely identifying locations (more reliable than street numbers as place location within a 3x3 m square.