Once again, faced with understanding (and being fearful of) the consequences of using my phone during our trip. We only do this every other year, and every other year some of the details (gotchas!) change.
Two years ago I think we just put our phones in 'airplane mode' for pretty much the whole trip (8 weeks) and used WiFi, which is increasingly abundant throughout Europe. When we had to make our one phone call, we switched the phone off airplane mode, made the call, and then switched it back.
Am I correct remembering that texting still works with airplane mode 'on'? A few of our hosts seem to use WhatsApp so that will work with WiFi but I'm not sure about regular ol' texting (which we don't use a lot here).
Before that, we have purchased the monthly AT&T plan but that ends up with me fretting over how much of the plan data has been used. Frankly, the usage was never much and the constant worry about usage was stress I don't need.
Getting a SIM card for each country has always seemed like a hassle (too many countries, too many cards). But this trip the countries are a bit fewer (mainly Spain, France, Italy). I've never played with the SIM card. Is it worth considering? What would it buy me?
I have our travel books loaded as PDFs, so no cell data needed for that. Google maps have been downloaded for offline access. Anything else? -- What am I overlooking?
We'll be away for 10 weeks, so the AT&T daily (or even monthly) plans aren't appealing. Unless there's something new I should consider. Is there???