Complete Guide to the FreedomPop Global SIM

FreedomPop is offering GSM-based service that provides data in both the US and Europe – for free. A relative newcomer to the US prepaid phone market, and formerly known as a reseller of Sprint’s devices and services, FreedomPop has ventured into the GSM world by offering their 3-in-1 Global SIM, allowing […]


Electrolyte Packets for Travel or Survival?

This post began as a reply to a user comment questioning the claims made in this article on Lifehacker: Why You Should Add Electrolyte Packets to Your Outdoor Survival Kit. This is mostly focused on survival strategy, overlapping with travel advice. Probably the most medically established use for electrolyte supplementation is in […]


LTE Bands Worldwide – The Ones That Matter

If you’re wondering whether the smartphone you bought (or the one you’re about to buy) will work with LTE in other countries, I regret to inform you that the LTE band situation is nothing less of a complete and total mess with 24 different bands used in countries throughout the world. […]


The Most Affordable Prepaid Smartphone & Data Services in the U.S.

If you’re planning a trip to the U.S. or you’re a local wanting to avoid an expensive monthly plan, here are some of the best options for prepaid SIM cards in the U.S., including options for both voice and data plans, as well as data-only plans. First things first: I’ll […]


The GaiaGeek Packlist

If you bring everything on this list, you’re doing it wrong. Some things you obviously need — some might just be fun to have if you have the extra space in your bag. This list will forever be a work in progress. Feel free to add your own suggestions in […]


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The Best Portable Wi-Fi Router / Repeater

A portable Wi-Fi router can be a very handy thing to have when traveling. If you happen to get a room that has a poor Wi-Fi signal, a portable router will allow you to create a wireless access point right in your room from the Ethernet cable provided for internet […]