I have been to Hawaii many times. My first visit was at 13 with my Mum a billion years ago and I fell in love with the relaxed vibe, beautiful weather, friendly locals, stunning scenery and more recently the shopping. Over the years, I have dropped some serious cash on this tiny island. One visit I’m pretty sure I single-handedly made the Dior assistant’s commission for a month in one short shop. In my defense, we were getting $1.10USD for every Aussie dollar then. This trip we got a lousy 75c which changed the shopping landscape for me dramatically. Of all my purchases, the T-Mobile Tourist plan was by far the most sensible and practical item I have ever purchased in Hawaii. Read on for all the details …
Why Choose A T-Mobile Tourist Plan
Staying connected in a foreign land can be expensive. Depending on your local plan, roaming can be exorbitant and I have heard horror stories of naïve travellers returning home to $1000+ bills. I’m not going to lie to you, the primary reason for wanting data was not a noble cause such as keeping in touch family and friends. No, I wanted to play Pokemon Go. My addiction has ebbed recently but when I was in Hawaii I was absolutely caught in the hype. The Hubs feared my addiction could prove expensive so he found an alternative to roaming; the T-Mobile Tourist Plan.
What You Get With T-Mobile Tourist Plan
We were only in town for a week but knew we would suck a fair amount of data. The T-Mobile Tourist Plan has a generous 2GB and was more than we needed. Unlimited domestic and international texts to 140+ countries are thrown in and you even get 1,000 minutes of US talk time. We didn’t use these much but they were handy to have. The best bit? You only need one plan as you can tether other phones to the ‘host’ saving even more. If you are visiting Hawaii for the first time have a read of my know before you go post.
For starters you need an unlocked phone to take advantage of the T-Mobile Tourist Plan. You can purchase the plan online if you have a US address to ship the SIM to. I had many things shipped to the Sheraton Waikiki where we stayed but it is just as simple to pick it up in store. We visited the Ala Moana store (read more about shopping in Waikiki here). The staff were exceptionally helpful and even installed it for us. Simples! If you don’t have an unlocked phone check out Tep Wireless Wifi.
How do you keep in touch when you travel? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Until Next Time …
Disclaimer: This post is NOT SPONSORED. I paid for my T-Mobile Tourist Plan in full and it really was the best $30 I spent in Hawaii 🙂
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