Best phone settings for international travel

As a traveler you should know how to use your phone to its fullest capacity. Your smartphone is a tool that can be used to capture memories, navigate and communicate while you’re on the go. From international travels to weekend getaways, here are the top things you should know about your phone before you hit the road:


Smartphone cameras today have capabilities that rival those of DSLR cameras. You can use your phone’s camera for high definition video, a variety of photo compositions and use built-in software for editing.


Capture your travel memories with your phone’s video capabilities. You smartphone’s video features have been extended in the past few years to incorporate slow motion and time-lapse, which offers you more creative range. Make use of slow motion when you are attempting to capture a significant moment, or show the beautiful perspective of “slowing down.” Choose the time lapse setting when you wish to focus on the magnitude or significance of a stagnant object, while there is constant movement of things around it.


You can enhance the composition of your photos, through your phone’s built-in camera software, which will give your travel pics that wow factor. When you take photos of landscapes, adjust the camera setting to panorama so you can capture every corner of the scene. Once you’ve taken your photos, don’t stop there — use editing tools to make them pop. Use your phone’s built-in editing tools, like brightness, contrast, sharpening, cropping and leveling. Small tweaks to your travel photos can take them from good to great. Phone’s like the Samsung Galaxy S8, have high-quality front-facing cameras, which means that you can take a shameless selfie and have it look like a near-professional portrait.

Navigation System

Your phone’s built-in navigation system is one of the most valuable features you can use as a traveller. This feature will help you save time, make plans and seamlessly explore new places. Use your map software to find directions to your destination. Your phone’s app will provide you with accurate travel times, as it draws data from other users in the area to calculate the fastest route and your ETA. If you are traveling by foot, bike or transit, your map can provide you options that are customized to your mode of transportation — i.e., a pedestrian/bicycle path for safe travels and various modes of public transit. Rather than look up transit stations and stops, your map app will have that information at the ready. Additionally, you should use your app to search for any general amenities that you seek. It is helpful for a traveler in a new place to be able to look for a certain kind of restaurant, store or establishment that is in their immediate vicinity.

Unlocking Your Phone

When your phone is locked within your cell company’s network, you will be charged outlandish roaming rates for the duration of your trip. Cell phone companies, like T-Mobile, will work with you to reduce the risk of racking up roaming rate charges. If you are eligible, T-Mobile will provide you with free unlock codes, so you can use an international company’s SIM card during your travels. Once you have a local SIM card, you can select a daily or weekly plan for your calls and texts. If you are traveling to multiple countries, make sure you have a SIM card for each place so you can continue to avoid unnecessary roaming fees. If you are unable to unlock your phone, you can also explore other options like only using Wi-Fi, purchasing a budget smartphone or using a portable hotspot.