Beware of Using Golf Apps While Traveling

I'm sure many of you have big summer travel plans, but a quick word of caution if you're heading overseas:

Using your favorite golf apps can cost you big time.

Just ask the golfer who came home from a mere three-day trip to find a $3,100 cell phone bill waiting for him...and he didn't make or receive a single call.

All he did was use a golf GPS app, but because he wasn't connected to his wireless carrier's network, those dreaded roaming charges kicked in -- yes, it works the same for voice and data.

So, what should you do if you're taking an overseas golf vacation?

Downloading golf courses before leaving home helps, but it's not a sure thing; some apps continue to send/receive data.

One option is to buy an international or local sim card, but this seems better suited for those traveling for a few weeks or more, not days.

Some standalone, handheld golf GPS devices can be used fee-free anywhere in the world, but if you're partial to using your phone's golf apps (and others), the best option might be to buy an international data package from your carrier; Verizon's and AT&T's monthly plans start at $25 and $30 for 100 and 120 MB, respectively.

(For phone calls, the best option is simply to use a WiFi connection and Skype).

Of course, the other option is just to turn your phone off and play the old fashioned way.

Or better yet, hire a caddie -- you'll get colorful yarns with your yardages, and you won't drain your battery or your wallet.

How do you use apps and/or make calls when you're traveling overseas?

Please share your thoughts or read what others are saying below.

 

Craig Better is one of the founding editors of Golf Vacation Insider. In addition to traveling to 15 foreign countries, he has twice traveled across America to play golf courses in all 50 United States. Prior to joining Golf Vacation Insider, Craig was a freelance writer who contributed to GOLF Magazine, Travel + Leisure Golf, Maxim Magazine, USAToday.com, and co-authored Zagat Survey’s book, America’s Top Golf Courses.
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