Dave travels to Mexico every year for a vacation but VuDu doesn't work overseas anymore. What are his options? Leo says that Movies Anywhere will let you download your movies, and you can just put them on your phone or tablet. That makes it a lot easy to travel. Netflix also lets you download to watch off line and Amazon Prime does as well.
Johnny Jet is in Kuai Hawaii and he has a fun tip. If you fly around the Islands on Hawaiian Airlines, you can ask to play the ukulele. Every plane has one. Makes a great photo.
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Mike wants to know what he needs to use his iPad on Wi-Fi. Leo says that any iPad will work on Wi-Fi. If he has LTE, however, he could use it anywhere. But for Wi-Fi, a regular iPad will work just fine. Since Mike is traveling internationally, Leo recommends also getting a MiFi card, which he can put a local SIM in for Wi-Fi. But since Mike is in the US Virgin Islands, international data roaming won't be an issue. Leo recommends getting an AT&T carrier version of the iPad. Leo likes the iPad Mini for traveling.
Lori is traveling to Europe soon with her family and they all have iPhones, but they have separate carriers and plans. What's the best solution for them as they travel? Leo says first thing is to find out what their international roaming plans are. They're better than they used to be, but it's still pretty expensive for what they would get. International data roaming can cost thousands if they're not careful. Leo recommends using Wi-Fi as much as possible, and they should pre-cache maps in Google Maps. They can get a local SIM in the country they're visiting.
Edward is traveling to Europe for six weeks and wants to know the best option for having cellular service. Leo says that laws in the EU recently changed and roaming is available across the entire EU. So one SIM will work in all countries. Leo recommends going over to prepaidwithdata.wikia.com. It will have information about what the best cell provider is in every country and where to buy a SIM. He'll also need to have his phone unlocked to take a new SIM and he'll get a new number.
Chris is about to go on a photography trip and he wanted to talk about packing for it. Chris says there's your checked baggage and your carry-on baggage. Never pack your camera into checked luggage. Always just bring your camera with you. Don't pack your film, either. It won't survive the security X-Ray scan. Batteries also need to be in your carry-on luggage. You can check your tripod in your luggage, though.
Peter is going on a cruise in the fall and wants to get a really great camera. What should he get? Leo says that nowadays smartphones are really good, but they can't zoom very well. Leo likes the Olympus TG-4. It's 16MP, very durable, and has a fast 2.8 lens. Great for traveling.
Johnny Jet took his dad to Kentucky to attend the Derby, about 100 yard short of the finish line.
App of the week - FILLD. It's like Uber for gas. If you need gas, they'll bring it to you for only a $5 service charge. It's available on Android and iOS. It's currently in testing in Silicon Valley, but there are plans to roll it out nationwide.
Andrew is always traveling and he's thinking about using a VPN since he's always on public Wi-Fi hotspots. Leo says that's a very good idea. Most places he'll visit online are encrypted, but Leo has read lately that it's becoming really easy to get into computers over public Wi-Fi. Leo says a VPN will work, but it slows him down.
If you plan on using your smartphone when traveling overseas, it may be worth checking to see if your phone is compatible with the wireless bands in that area.