Staying Connected with Roam Mobility in the USA

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Vacations are for relaxing and engaging with a new place or a favourite, familiar destination. We try to disconnect from work by leaving daily duties behind as wheels start to turn on the highway or wheels go up on the landing gear. However, staying connected actually really helps us enjoy our time away. John and I recently traveled to New York and Boston, revisiting two cities that have very special places in our hearts. Thanks to Roam Mobility, we were able to navigate these cities and enjoy the perfect holiday, without paying a fortune and without hunting down Wi-Fi hotspots.

Staying Connected with Roam Mobility in the USA

Mobile Apps for Flights and Trains

Download your airline’s app to check-in, store your e-boarding pass, and get the latest flight information. I used the Cathay Pacific app to track out flight since it was delayed out of Vancouver and New York.


We also took the train from Penn Station in New York up to South Station in Boston and I stored our boarding passes on the Amtrak App, got station information, and travel tips.

Eating, Drinking, Reservations

Reviews and Nearby Eating: If we didn’t already know where we wanted to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the Yelp app came in handy. We could see what was in the vicinity, the latest reviews, photos of dishes, and more.

You’re going to need a reservation for dinner, especially in New York, so the Open Table app saved us on a few occasions. In fact after striking out at one establishment in the East Village our friends used the Open Table app to book us a table in the Lower East Side via the Open Table app and by the time we walked over we were seated.

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City and Transit Navigation

We used transit a lot in Boston and New York, two of the best (and most affordable) systems in the world. The Transit App was handy for subway times and stop information, and the MBTA Apps were useful for when we left Boston and took the commuter rail out of the city. Of course there’s also Google Maps for walking directions as we were on foot most of the time.


Instagram to Share the Fun

Sharing photos with folks back from and online was made easy with Instagram, my photo app of choice.

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These are just a few of the apps I connected with, using Roam Mobility, while walking through the Harpoon Brewery on a tour at Boston’s seaport, waiting for a commuter rail train in Concord, or during the 7th inning stretch at Fenway Park. Even while eating some cookies from the East Village’s Fresco Gelateria while resting on a park bench in New York.

About Roam Mobility

Roam Mobility offers affordable roaming plans for Canadians travelling to the USA with rates as low as $1.95 per day. Their unlimited plans are available with nationwide talk and global text messaging, free calling back to Canada, plus high-speed 4G LTE data and more. With Roam Mobility, there are no contracts or commitments. You can even purchase plans for daily use. You just use the service whenever you travel to the USA and keep the SIM card for future trips. They even have plans for Mexico now!

You can stay connected with Roam Mobility by picking up a SIM card your travels south of the border. With a wide range of coverage, and very affordable rate plans, you can top-up on the go to stay in touch.

Win a Roam Mobility Prize Pack

To get ready for travel season, Roam Mobility has offered up a prize pack to one lucky Miss604 reader that includes:

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite travel app (1 entry)
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Update The winner is Stephanie!

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  1. wenWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 2:18pm PDT

    JetLag Genie – great way to alter sleeping habits to the destination.

  2. AnneWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 2:49pm PDT

    Google maps also blog called Stuck at the airport (web site )

  3. JasonWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 3:02pm PDT

    Google maps works the best for me

  4. mike kWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 3:21pm PDT

    my favorite travel app is foursquare

  5. Dayna WilsonWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 3:31pm PDT

    My favourite travel app is Google Maps.

  6. HannahWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 4:03pm PDT

    Couldn’t live without Google Maps!

  7. SabrinaWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 4:17pm PDT

    Oooh, the Yelp App all the way!

  8. IainWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 4:22pm PDT


  9. Ryan ExleyWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 4:43pm PDT

    Google maps.

  10. PoonamWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 5:30pm PDT

    Google Maps is my favorite app! (even when I’m not traveling)

  11. Don McQueenWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 7:03pm PDT Always know where you are sitting and the best possible seat.

  12. JasonWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 8:02pm PDT

    My fav travel app, google maps, and ryanair…

  13. marisa. pWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 8:15pm PDT

    My son is about to embark on a grand tour! This would be so great for MY peace of mind 🙂

  14. Susan S.Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 9:30pm PDT

    Definitely Google Maps

  15. ZoeWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 9:34pm PDT


  16. PierreWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 9:39pm PDT


  17. Vera SalWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 10:01pm PDT

    I like KeepCalling for intl calling (as long as you use nearby Starbuc’s wifi :))

  18. IrisWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 10:29pm PDT

    Google Maps because I have a terrible sense of direction. (Scrabble app for when I am waiting for planes or trains)

  19. terryWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 10:33pm PDT

    Expedia App. Itineraries are awesome.

  20. KamWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 10:50pm PDT

    I love the XE Currency app…so useful when you want to convert money!

  21. Jennifer P.Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 11:02pm PDT

    Well, I don’t have a smart phone, so I am not familiar with any travel apps because I have not had the chance to use any. We are going on a road trip next spring, so if there was an app for finding the cheapest gas along our route I would definitely love that! Ditto for something to find last minute hotel rooms at great rates – we are planning a very long drive with our kids, and don’t want to set ourselves to a schedule, so we plan to just pull into places and hope for the best for accommodations. Having an app to help with that would also be great.

  22. AmandaWednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 11:10pm PDT

    Google maps is good for travel near and far

  23. DanielleThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 6:56am PDT

    I would agree with most people that Google Maps is my favourite.

  24. Tanya HThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 8:09am PDT

    The Deutsche Bahn app was great for traveling through Europe!

  25. EmmaThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 8:17am PDT

    Google Maps is the one I can’t live without when traveling, but I like TripIt to keep track of all my bookings.

  26. BenjaminThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 8:24am PDT

    I’ve been pretty happy with the Goby app, the app icon has the Goldfish with bubbles in case you’re looking for it. It uses your location and will recommend things to do, it finds events around your location and helps your explore.

  27. JocelynThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 8:38am PDT

    I like Tripadvisor. I’m always reading reviews.

  28. BenjaminThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 8:48am PDT

    Okay, I blew it. Don’t bother looking for Goby in the app store. It’s gone..which explains why it froze on me. My other go to apps are Google Maps/Translator as well as FourSquare and UrbanSpoon. Yes, I like food that tastes good..haha. Apologies for the mis-direct, hadn’t used the app in a while.

  29. Lisa GThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 9:01am PDT

    I like to use FlightTrack when travelling:)

  30. LloydThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 11:20am PDT

    Google maps is my go to travel app.

  31. MaryThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 12:02pm PDT

    Yelp is the best!

  32. FionaThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 12:30pm PDT

    Tripadvisor is my favorite travel app

  33. ShirleyThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 1:03pm PDT

    Good old Maps.

  34. StephanieThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 1:40pm PDT

    Googlemaps comes in handy quite often.

  35. Ariel CThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 2:16pm PDT


  36. EuniceThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 2:20pm PDT

    Love the Transit App!

  37. GregThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 2:29pm PDT

    google maps

  38. Leanne SThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 2:38pm PDT

    I rely on Google Maps for getting somewhere and Yelp for when I’m there.

  39. susannahThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 2:40pm PDT

    I’d definitely find the Googlemaps app useful

  40. EranThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 3:38pm PDT

    Google maps. Used to be CoPilot, but since getting Roam, online maps are better

  41. Christine WThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 4:39pm PDT

    Google Maps for sure!

  42. Marcus WThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 4:41pm PDT

    FlightTrack and FlightBoard for Android!

  43. jessica eapenThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 6:36pm PDT

    I like Tripadvisor. =)

  44. Kathy E.Thursday, June 25th, 2015 — 7:33pm PDT

    My fave travel app is Postagram. It prints and sends a vacation photo postcard 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to win this Roam Mobility Prize Pack! Perfect for my busy summer, that’s for sure!

  45. Sarah AlexisThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 9:12pm PDT

    google maps… what did we do without this???

  46. LaelThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 9:42pm PDT

    I love yelp for trying out new restaurants in new towns.

  47. ChristinaThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 9:46pm PDT

    Google maps!

  48. AlbertThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 9:55pm PDT

    Plain ol’ Google Maps here!

  49. TracyThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 10:01pm PDT

    Google maps is a lifesaver!

  50. JillThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 10:20pm PDT

    Google map gps when you leave wifi and press play on directions it keeps working

  51. Lorena GrandeThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 10:32pm PDT

    The absolutely best travel app is: “Discover all the world .com”
    Good Luck everyone! #TravelContestFun 🙂

  52. JeffThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 10:38pm PDT

    Love Tripit!

  53. AimeeThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 10:44pm PDT


  54. brandon forsythThursday, June 25th, 2015 — 11:11pm PDT

    I always use google translate

  55. RobynFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 12:14am PDT

    I really like the Yelp app!

  56. MargFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 12:52am PDT

    Tripit has been the most useful so far. 🙂

  57. JohnFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 1:14am PDT

    Google maps is very useful, but open table is my fav.

  58. robert youngFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 4:35am PDT

    google maps

  59. ElaineFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 5:12am PDT

    Google maps

  60. yva deFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 6:09am PDT

    Skype is my favorite travel app!

  61. ChristineBFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 6:54am PDT

    The Google Maps app for sure.

  62. HeteshFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 7:05am PDT

    I use momundo booking app to find deals when away!

  63. SuzanneFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 7:36am PDT

    Google Maps rocks!

    I love my “lady in the phone” guiding me through unfamiliar territories.

    Thank you!

  64. DhiFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 9:52am PDT

    Google Maps!!

  65. MaryFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 10:21am PDT

    Sure could use this as I’m going to Comic Con in July! Thanks for the opportunity. My favourite travel app is Google Maps; can’t live without it!

  66. Cindy KSFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 10:37am PDT

    Hit list

  67. Chris O.Friday, June 26th, 2015 — 10:39am PDT

    I love Simply Declare! It tracks what you have to declare at customs when you get home.

  68. AdamFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 10:43am PDT

    I use Google Maps 99% of the time. Cheers!

  69. deathontwolegsFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 12:23pm PDT

    Google maps is essential!

  70. Mary WarnerFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 1:09pm PDT

    Google Maps. I understand it.

  71. JaneFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 2:00pm PDT

    foodspotting – awesome app – great pictures.

  72. StephanieFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 2:12pm PDT

    Triposo is an excellent resource for local attractions!

  73. DerekFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 2:19pm PDT

    Trip Advisor, good info

  74. Jennifer lachanceFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 2:19pm PDT

    Google Maps

  75. Mary WFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 3:31pm PDT

    google maps

  76. RandyFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 3:49pm PDT

    Google maps and google translate are my favourite.

  77. DARYL MOADFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 4:32pm PDT

    Dazzling to behold!

  78. Theresa C.Friday, June 26th, 2015 — 5:08pm PDT

    My favorite travel app is TripAdvisor! Love to read real reviews by real people 😉

  79. Tabby72Friday, June 26th, 2015 — 5:14pm PDT

    Mine is Google Maps. I use it constantly while away.

  80. Edward JongFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 5:24pm PDT

    I like Nokia’s Here GPS navigation and Google Translate because they can both work offline on an Android Cell phone. With Here, you have voice turn by turn navigation for walking and driving offline by downloading the maps you need. Google Translate will also work offline by downloading the translation package.

  81. Suzanne GFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 6:43pm PDT

    Google maps is my favourite.

  82. Krista MFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 7:33pm PDT

    I LIVE by Google Maps. It has precise bus route information for me, directions, & street views all in one place so I never get lost!

  83. NateFriday, June 26th, 2015 — 7:36pm PDT

    Google maps

  84. MikeSaturday, June 27th, 2015 — 5:12am PDT

    Google maps

  85. LucSaturday, June 27th, 2015 — 6:14am PDT

    Transit App

  86. Alan HuangSaturday, June 27th, 2015 — 9:03am PDT

    Google Map!

  87. LindaSaturday, June 27th, 2015 — 1:37pm PDT

    I usually really on mapquest or Google maps.

  88. Melanie BorhiSaturday, June 27th, 2015 — 3:23pm PDT

    I love the trip advisor App its great as I like to read reviews before I end up booking an at a resort.

  89. Bo SimmsSaturday, June 27th, 2015 — 4:11pm PDT

    My favorite travel app is Trip Tracker.

  90. GlenSaturday, June 27th, 2015 — 4:32pm PDT

    Google Maps

  91. VickiSaturday, June 27th, 2015 — 11:50pm PDT

    Google Maps!

  92. Gerald MaierSunday, June 28th, 2015 — 8:26am PDT

    I like to use HomeAway for booking self-catering accommodation.

  93. DonaldSunday, June 28th, 2015 — 11:05am PDT

    TripAdvisor is a great travel app.

  94. Aarone MawdsleySunday, June 28th, 2015 — 4:56pm PDT

    i like yelp

  95. MayaSunday, June 28th, 2015 — 4:59pm PDT


  96. mrdiscoSunday, June 28th, 2015 — 6:47pm PDT

    my favourite travel app is SeatGuru

  97. Lynne mSunday, June 28th, 2015 — 7:00pm PDT

    We always use Gooogle maps.

  98. DaveSunday, June 28th, 2015 — 7:05pm PDT

    The one and only Google Maps!

  99. KarineSunday, June 28th, 2015 — 7:21pm PDT

    GoogleMaps all the way

  100. trevorSunday, June 28th, 2015 — 7:42pm PDT

    Trip advisor is awesome

  101. Lucie BSunday, June 28th, 2015 — 10:11pm PDT

    Couchsurfing is great.

  102. BrittanyMonday, June 29th, 2015 — 1:43am PDT

    Trip advisor gives the best advice!!

  103. Jenn SMonday, June 29th, 2015 — 4:00am PDT

    I would use the Yelp App to find a great place to eat.

  104. BrendaMonday, June 29th, 2015 — 7:31am PDT


  105. jane kramerMonday, June 29th, 2015 — 7:51am PDT

    Google maps is my favorite app , i couldnèt live without it !

  106. HelenMonday, June 29th, 2015 — 10:41am PDT

    Google Maps

  107. Ron SmithMonday, June 29th, 2015 — 12:47pm PDT

    Seat guru

  108. DonnaMonday, June 29th, 2015 — 4:39pm PDT

    google maps for the win!

  109. mariaMonday, June 29th, 2015 — 8:45pm PDT

    Google maps. Can’t live without it!

  110. Kim ReesMonday, June 29th, 2015 — 10:47pm PDT

    Trip Advisor & Google Maps

  111. AngelaTuesday, June 30th, 2015 — 9:43am PDT

    Sneaking in a last entry! I’m going on a long vacation to Florida and this would be so handy! My favorite app is trip advisor

  112. TiffTuesday, June 30th, 2015 — 9:49am PDT

    Googlemaps is the only one I use right now, but I’d be interested to try all the ones you mentioned! 🙂

  113. WinnieTuesday, June 30th, 2015 — 10:25am PDT

    Google Maps!

  114. michael hTuesday, June 30th, 2015 — 11:17am PDT

    Google maps makes finding places and things so easy!

  115. AlexTuesday, June 30th, 2015 — 2:54pm PDT

    Like everyone else – Google Maps

  116. LindsayTuesday, June 30th, 2015 — 5:14pm PDT

    Forever booking hotels last minute!

  117. Teresa KTuesday, July 7th, 2015 — 3:35am PDT

    Google Maps

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