When I used to travel, I often used the Verizon travel pass for talk, text, and data. While this is a good option to have, I think it is more of a worst-case scenario, and not something that is sustainable for longer term stays (as it costs $10/day).
Traveling is really easy if you have T-Mobile, as most of their plans have automatic international data usage. If you have Verizon or AT&T (I believe) though, international data and roaming costs can be a challenge to figure out.
One great solution I recently discovered is Airalo, which is an app that allows you to buy E-sims (for individual countries, regions, or anywhere). When I went to Norway recently, I paid $10 for 3 GB of data; this did not come with texting or calling though, so it was only a data plan. I could have bought up to 10 GB of data for $20 though, and any of the plans could’ve been topped up at any point. Depending on the company and package, there are also options that can include text and calling.
If you are traveling abroad and looking for somewhere to get data, I would recommend checking out Airalo. I did have some problems with my messages when I got back from my trip, but it only took a day or so before my normal plan resumed to its normal activity (and I think the problem was caused by my primary carrier anyways).
Airalo Recommendation Rating: 4
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
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