I bought this to take with us on our upcoming Europe trip. This will be my fourth kids' trip to Europe and I've never even remotely considered taking a cell phone in the past. I do carry a small laptop which I use to check email and to post photos. But this cell phone will offer one more option.
It all brings back memories of my very first kids' trip to Europe in 1981. There were no cell phones then, no computers you could possibly carry, no email, no web. No common currency (euros) either. Each country had its own currency and we were constantly changing bills and losing money with each border crossing. We were gone five weeks and parents had no clue where we were for five weeks except for the first and last couple of nights. We could have called home if we needed to from a pay phone, but no way parents could have reached us. None needed us and we didn't need them. It was an incredible experience and one of the reasons I'm still taking these trips now.
I can't wait to arrive in Brussels, Belgium to begin our 20-day Europe trip this July. Just like the adventure in 1981, kids will decide where to go, what to see, how long to stay. What an experience! An amazingly, leader Ray Thompson who was with me on the 1981 trip (along with wife Nancy) will be returning this summer. Ray was also with me on the 2009 adventure.
Kids and parents are already expressing early interest in the next Europe by Eurail trip - in 2015. Click for more info.