If you’re looking to stay connected while travelling overseas, picking up a local SIM card is the way to go. Far cheaper than roaming with your cell company from back home or using an “international” SIM card, you’ll often spend under ten dollars for a month’s worth of calls, texts, and data.

As long as your phone is ready for international travel, you’re good to go.

The process and effort required is different in every country, which is why we’ve put together firsthand accounts of exactly how to do it in dozens of popular destinations around the globe.

Which card to use, where to buy it, how much you’ll expect to pay, and how much hassle you’ll have doing so — we’ve got you covered. Just click on the country names or map below to find everything you need to know.

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