I get asked quite a bit about SIM cards and keeping in contact while travelling, and truth be told, I have never gotten an international sim card. Usually when travelling we use wi-fi to keep in touch and make reservations. I know people feel like they need a phone number for someone to call, but let me be the first (or 50th) to tell you that’s just not the way it is anymore. There are so many methods that people and businesses use to keep in touch that if you have Wi-Fi you are set to go.
We personally travel with our phones using apps like Skype, Heytell, and Whatsapp to keep in contact with our family. My favorite it Heytell because it’s like a walkie talkie that you can put on any device whether it has cell service or not. Contacting businesses is also done without cell service using email and Facebook messenger to make reservations and ask questions. But those are apps and you can only use them at the hotel…right? Well that depends on where you are at. When we went to Italy, McDonald’s, Starbucks and the hotels were the only places we found wi-fi, but in Ireland EVERYWHERE has wi-fi. We were hard pressed to find any place that didn’t have it available. Doolin Cave in the middle of nowhere…yep has wi-fi, Cliffs of the Moher visitor center….yep that one does too. Guinness Storehouse…definitely that one, buses…yep. Every pub, restaurant, or cafe in Dublin…oh yeah they all have it too. In fact I would say that it’s almost impossible to find a place without wi-fi.
Getting a Sim card while travelling is always about personal preference, but if you are heading to Ireland anytime soon, I would forgo that expense and buy another glass of Guinness instead. However if you do decide you need one, the SIM card machines are waiting for you at the airport.