Plug Adapters, Yes; Electrical Converters, Probably No
- Plug adapters should be the only electronic tool a traveler needs to purchase.
- The chargers for most electronics are now built to run on any electrical system from 100 to 240 volts; so one does not have to purchase a voltage converter.
- If in doubt, look on the charge cord or in the information that came with the device.
- It is becoming ever easier to have cell phone service abroad. A large number of smart phones (and even some of the “dumb” phone models) can be used internationally.
- The large providers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.) also have short-term rental plans for vacationers going abroad.
- Travelers should contact their service provider to get more information.
A few Common Sense Rules
- Travelers need to understand the rates involved in using a “handy” in Europe; as calls from one cell phone to another and data usage can be VERY EXPENSIVE.
- If wifi is available, travelers should take advantage of it, because keeping in touch through email, Skype and similar services will be a lot cheaper alternative than spending hours on a cell phone in Europe.
- Travelers should check with their hotels / B&B to see if wifi is available. Generally, there is no cost to this; but that is not always the case.