Pre-travel preparations

Posted: August 26, 2009 in Adoption, Taiwan, Travel

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!

  1. Misty says:

    So excited for you guys!

  2. Sara says:

    AHHHHHHHH! Finally getting thos final details in! Soon you’ll be snuggling with the cutest little man and getting to smell that wonderful smell that lingers on their necks. Oh this so so fun!!! Just remember to pack some stuff that you wouldn’t mind dumping if you end up with tons of souveniors…. or just bring an extra duffel folded up in a suitcase so you can use your two baggage limit if your flight allows. Happy packing!!! hey, I also read books on video for my kids to see me each day reading to them… just an idea for ya. Sara.sofa

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