This post is intended for other adoptive families getting ready to travel. I thought I would write a little about what all we are doing in the weeks leading up to our trip. We leave in less than two weeks!
Our parents will be watching our other children while we are traveling, and we want to be reachable at all times. We looked into adding the international calling plan to our mobile phones, but I think our phones lack the technology for international calling. And even if our phones did work overseas, the rate-per-minute was pretty high. So we have decided to rent a mobile phone through a company called Travelcell. We will pay a weekly rental rate, plus insurance. Incoming calls are free; outgoing are 99 cents/minute. So if our agency needs to reach us, or our kids at home just want to talk to us, we’re reachable, and at a reasonable rate.
The Travelcell phone will have a Taiwan phone number, so we have added an international calling package to our home phone. That’s $4.99/month, and the rates for calling Taiwan are 7-9 cents/minute. If we did not add that to our calling plan, we could end up paying $2-3 minute for calls from our home phone.
We plan to “skype” with our family and friends while we are traveling. Dave has configured our home computer with our television, so when we call home using skype, our computer screen will be on the TV and our kids will be able to talk to us on TV. Pretty cool, eh? We tried it out while I was standing in another room, and our son thought it was so funny to see his mommy on the TV screen! Hopefully it will work as well when we are in Taiwan.
We plan to use our netbook computer in Taiwan. That computer does not contain any sensitive personal information. But we still want to protect our computer from any potential hackers. So we have subscribed to use a VPN (virtual private network) while we are traveling. As Dave explained it to me (and if I understand it correctly), any information we send over the Internet will be encrypted and sent through a router in the United States.
We have started packing and I will post our itinerary soon!