The last time I headed to New York for BlogHer, I was speaking. The excitement was (almost) enough to get me through the jetlag (the coffee and shopping helped a bit too.) I must say that I did feel quite alone in my foggy head, wandering around in a completely different time zone from most everyone else. People were shocked that I had come all the way from Australia, but I consider myself a blogger of dual nationality so it was really just going home. I mean, the worldwide aspect of connection is one of the things I love most about blogging! I skipped last year, but am headed back to BlogHer in just a few weeks! Happily, this year there seems to be a large number of Aussies winging their way there. Since this is something I have done before, I thought I might put together a few blog posts with tips on what worked for me. Let’s start with the most important thing (for me)…staying connected. Those calls, texts and Instagrams will cost you if you do not make plans to get a US based SIM card and data plan.
Now I am on Android, but this should apply to iPhone as well. The main thing is that your phone has to be “unlocked” to do anything here. Telstra does not lock their phones to their network by default, so if that is your carrier in Australia, you should be good to go. Other providers will (should) give you the code to unlock your phone if you ask.
On arriving in USA (NYC is my first stop on this journey) you go into an AT&T store and get a plan off the following AT&T PrePaid Plans.
If you are headed to BlogHer from Australia, please leave a link in the comments so we can all get to know each other ahead of time. It is a huge convention and it is always nice to see familiar faces.