Fellow Europeans! Did you hear? That bureaucratic overlord that is the EU finally came through and did something useful for us (other than that whole Schengen Zone thing) - you can now use data roaming abroad without needing to sell both your kidneys and part of your booze soaked liver once you return.
That’s right, if you’ve got a SIM card from one EU country, you can use your data allowance anywhere in the EU for the same price you would in its home country. And in Hungary at least, you don’t even need to be a resident here to get a SIM card. Just rock up to your local T Mobile or Telenor store, produce a passport and get a prepaid SIM card with a data allowance that you can take onwards with you on the rest of your trip.
In honor of this momentous occasion, we sat down and thought of all the cool things this means you can now do.
Take Snapchat stories and endless Instagram selfies at our boat parties
Yep, we’re going to start with a little self-promotion! We’re in absolutely no doubt that you’re going to have the time of your life at our boat parties - so why not make your friends back home jealous - and your mum and dad just that little bit more worried - by documenting some of the debauchery on your social media app of choice.
Now you can upload them right away and make your friends #jelly before we’ve even set sail.
Totally not geeky at all (honestly) this is one giant global game of ‘hide something and let others find it’. Basically, in thousands of expertly hidden spots in cities all over the world, enthusiasts have hidden little plastic containers with a pencil, paper, and (occasionally) other trinkets in. Download the Geocaching app, find clues to ones in Budapest and get hunting. It’s seriously addictive, and once you’ve found one, you get to write down your Geocaching nickname on the piece of paper and forever know you were part of the fun.
Ignore that weirdo that won’t stop being a weirdo in the pub
We’ve all been there, you’re on the pub crawl and there is that one guy - there is always that one guy - he’s boring you to tears with his travel stories. Well now you can plausibly fake the “oh shoot, my mum’s just Skyping me… you know I better take this” excuse - or you know, actually call your mum… you probably should!
Be all antisocial and keep up with the football scores
Hey though, the only thing worse than the weirdo is that person that is actually way too engrossed in their phone to remember that they came perhaps half way around the world to meet new people and experience new things. “But hey, just 10 minutes until half-time guys. I’ll be with you all right after”.
If something about that sounds appealing, well now you can go right ahead, and you won’t even need to get off your ass to locate the wifi password first. Bonus!
Never need to say the infamous words “what’s your wifi password” again
And speaking of wifi passwords, if you really can’t wait more than 5 minutes after checking into a new hostel to check your Tinder matches, then at least you can now surprise the likely unpaid and most definitely hungover hostel receptionist by answering her greeting with something a little more engaging than “Hey, yeh… what’s the wifi password?”.
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