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Staying Connected with Roam Mobility in the USA

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 — 1:44pm PDT
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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.

A photo posted by Rebecca Bollwitt (@miss604) on

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.

A photo posted by Rebecca Bollwitt (@miss604) on

A photo posted by Rebecca Bollwitt (@miss604) on

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)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @roammobility USA travel prize w/ #Android phone, unlimited roaming plan via @miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Follow Roam Mobility on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their products and services.

Update The winner is Stephanie!

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  1. wen says:

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

  2. Anne says:

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

  3. Jason says:

    Google maps works the best for me

  4. mike k says:

    my favorite travel app is foursquare

  5. Dayna Wilson says:

    My favourite travel app is Google Maps.

  6. Hannah says:

    Couldn’t live without Google Maps!

  7. Sabrina says:

    Oooh, the Yelp App all the way!

  8. Iain says:


  9. Ryan Exley says:

    Google maps.

  10. Poonam says:

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

  11. Don McQueen says: Always know where you are sitting and the best possible seat.

  12. Jason says:

    My fav travel app, google maps, and ryanair…

  13. marisa. p says:

    My son is about to embark on a grand tour! This would be so great for MY peace of mind ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Susan S. says:

    Definitely Google Maps

  15. Pierre says:


  16. Vera Sal says:

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

  17. Iris says:

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

  18. terry says:

    Expedia App. Itineraries are awesome.

  19. Kam says:

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

  20. Jennifer P. says:

    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.

  21. Amanda says:

    Google maps is good for travel near and far

  22. Danielle says:

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

  23. Tanya H says:

    The Deutsche Bahn app was great for traveling through Europe!

  24. Emma says:

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

  25. Benjamin says:

    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.

  26. Jocelyn says:

    I like Tripadvisor. I’m always reading reviews.

  27. Benjamin says:

    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.

  28. Lisa G says:

    I like to use FlightTrack when travelling:)

  29. Lloyd says:

    Google maps is my go to travel app.

  30. Mary says:

    Yelp is the best!

  31. Fiona says:

    Tripadvisor is my favorite travel app

  32. Shirley says:

    Good old Maps.

  33. Stephanie says:

    Googlemaps comes in handy quite often.

  34. Ariel C says:


  35. Eunice says:

    Love the Transit App!

  36. Greg says:

    google maps

  37. Leanne S says:

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

  38. susannah says:

    I’d definitely find the Googlemaps app useful

  39. Eran says:

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

  40. Christine W says:

    Google Maps for sure!

  41. Marcus W says:

    FlightTrack and FlightBoard for Android!

  42. jessica eapen says:

    I like Tripadvisor. =)

  43. Kathy E. says:

    My fave travel app is Postagram. It prints and sends a vacation photo postcard ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for the chance to win this Roam Mobility Prize Pack! Perfect for my busy summer, that’s for sure!

  44. Sarah Alexis says:

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

  45. Lael says:

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

  46. Christina says:

    Google maps!

  47. Albert says:

    Plain ol’ Google Maps here!

  48. Tracy says:

    Google maps is a lifesaver!

  49. Jill says:

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

  50. Lorena Grande says:

    The absolutely best travel app is: “Discover all the world .com”
    Good Luck everyone! #TravelContestFun ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. Jeff says:

    Love Tripit!

  52. Aimee says:


  53. brandon forsyth says:

    I always use google translate

  54. Robyn says:

    I really like the Yelp app!

  55. Marg says:

    Tripit has been the most useful so far. ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. John says:

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

  57. robert young says:

    google maps

  58. Elaine says:

    Google maps

  59. yva de says:

    Skype is my favorite travel app!

  60. ChristineB says:

    The Google Maps app for sure.

  61. Hetesh says:

    I use momundo booking app to find deals when away!

  62. Suzanne says:

    Google Maps rocks!

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

    Thank you!

  63. Dhi says:

    Google Maps!!

  64. Mary says:

    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!

  65. Cindy KS says:

    Hit list

  66. Chris O. says:

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

  67. Adam says:

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

  68. Google maps is essential!

  69. Mary Warner says:

    Google Maps. I understand it.

  70. Jane says:

    foodspotting – awesome app – great pictures.

  71. Stephanie says:

    Triposo is an excellent resource for local attractions!

  72. Derek says:

    Trip Advisor, good info

  73. Jennifer lachance says:

    Google Maps

  74. Mary W says:

    google maps

  75. Randy says:

    Google maps and google translate are my favourite.

  76. DARYL MOAD says:

    Dazzling to behold!

  77. Theresa C. says:

    My favorite travel app is TripAdvisor! Love to read real reviews by real people ๐Ÿ˜‰

  78. Tabby72 says:

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

  79. Edward Jong says:

    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.

  80. Suzanne G says:

    Google maps is my favourite.

  81. Krista M says:

    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!

  82. Nate says:

    Google maps

  83. Mike says:

    Google maps

  84. Luc says:

    Transit App

  85. Alan Huang says:

    Google Map!

  86. Linda says:

    I usually really on mapquest or Google maps.

  87. Melanie Borhi says:

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

  88. Bo Simms says:

    My favorite travel app is Trip Tracker.

  89. Glen says:

    Google Maps

  90. Vicki says:

    Google Maps!

  91. Gerald Maier says:

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

  92. Donald says:

    TripAdvisor is a great travel app.

  93. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    i like yelp

  94. mrdisco says:

    my favourite travel app is SeatGuru

  95. Lynne m says:

    We always use Gooogle maps.

  96. Dave says:

    The one and only Google Maps!

  97. Karine says:

    GoogleMaps all the way

  98. trevor says:

    Trip advisor is awesome

  99. Lucie B says:

    Couchsurfing is great.

  100. Brittany says:

    Trip advisor gives the best advice!!

  101. Jenn S says:

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

  102. Brenda says:


  103. jane kramer says:

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

  104. Helen says:

    Google Maps

  105. Ron Smith says:

    Seat guru

  106. Donna says:

    google maps for the win!

  107. maria says:

    Google maps. Can’t live without it!

  108. Kim Rees says:

    Trip Advisor & Google Maps

  109. Angela says:

    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

  110. Tiff says:

    Googlemaps is the only one I use right now, but I’d be interested to try all the ones you mentioned! ๐Ÿ™‚

  111. Winnie says:

    Google Maps!

  112. michael h says:

    Google maps makes finding places and things so easy!

  113. Alex says:

    Like everyone else – Google Maps

  114. Lindsay says:

    Forever booking hotels last minute!

  115. Teresa K says:

    Google Maps

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