The Ultimate Guide to Staying Connected on Vacation Abroad

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Does being cut off from the outside world give you the heebie jeebies?

It’s summertime, which means it’s time to hit the boarding gates of the nearest terminal and get out of town. And if you’re going somewhere exotic that requires you to dig your passport out (hey, Mexico still counts), you may be wondering what life is like when the connection is cut, literally. Some of you will delight in it; and some of you will fail miserably.

Regardless, if you can’t stand the thought of unwiring (or unwinding) during next your foreign jaunt, we’ll give you the best tips on how to indulge your masochistic desire to be accessible to your friends and family back home.

As always, there are several weapons of choice for shamelessly indulging your need to always be tethered to your home comforts while you’re on vacation. In no specific order, you’ll need any of the following: Google Voice, a VPN, Skype, and an Android phone (completely optional, but unlocked if preferable).

(MORE: Why Unlocked Phones May Be the Smarter Alternative)

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