When I started this blog a couple of years ago, I had fallen in love with the idea of having an inexpensive international phone on your person while abroad.  I still take my international phone with me because cell phone plans don’t always work abroad.  However, I’ve found more high-tech gadgets to add to my arsenal.

Smarter_Mobile_IconWhat’s App is a phone app that allows you to call and text other What’s App users for free.  It’s free to download, and the calls themselves are free.  This app allowed us to communicate daily with our teenaged son who traveled abroad last summer to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Lichtenstein.  The only caveat for this app?  It only works over Wi-Fi.  I lost my mind with worry for the three days that my son did not contact us.  Turns out he was high in the Alps where Wi-Fi was non-existent.


What’s your favorite free app to use to communicate with friends and family across the world?