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The (Tech) Joys of Travel

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The (Tech) Joys of Travel
By M.G. Siegler • Issue #126 • View online
I’m just back from two weeks abroad. Two big (tech) takeaways:
1) Countries that generally accept Apple Pay make life 1000x easier for travel.
2) Wireless connectivity is about 1000x better than it was just a few years ago.
First things first, Apple Pay in the US is nice. I use it from time to time when I remember to. But in Europe, where our weird credit cards still humorously require a signature – which often requires someone to go track down a pen – it’s a godsend. It makes life *so* much easier. Because many of the payment terminals accept Apple Pay (even if many of the merchants don’t realize it, because in some cases, Apple Pay isn’t even technically rolled out in the country) it’s so seamless. And so much faster then paying with a US credit card. At least until we get tap-and-go.
Second, related, traveling in Europe with a US phone used to be an expensive and frustrating proposition. These days, it’s pretty fantastic. Thanks to an almost-reasonable $10-a-day roaming fee (AT&T), you don’t have to worry about finding and swapping local SIMs; you can keep yours and just roam with your own data (and number). And – at least in the England, Denmark, Italy, and Switzerland (where I traveled this trip) – the networks on which you roam are *really* fast. And the connectivity is better than it seems to be in San Francisco. I’m not exaggerating. 
Drinking: a Fort Point Export 🍻

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