I’m not really concerned about cell phone/gps service in Australia. There we will pretty much be in populated areas. However, I am concerned with New Zealand. There we plan to go off the beaten path to explore. So I want to make sure we don’t get lost. I keep going back-and-forth with what we need. Part of me thinks we don’t need anything additional than the maps we have – afterall – that is how people USED to travel. Another part of me thinks maybe I should just research this.
I’ve been considering several options. One is buying the Australia/New Zealand map for my GPS. One disadvantage there is that then I have to bring my GPS with us. Another option is buying a cheap GPS in Australia/New Zealand. Question there is can I find one under $100 and will it work in the middle-of-nowhere in NZ? Additionally, we could rent a GPS from the car rental agencies. But the cost of that rental exceeds the cost of just buying a GPS. Another option is just using our cell phones for GPS coverage. With that both my husband and I each have an AT&T phone, and I also have a Verizon cell phone. So – what sort of coverage does that translate when in Australia/New Zealand? Does it make sense to invest in a SIM card once we land in Australia that will equate to better cell/GPS coverage in Australia and New Zealand? I’m used to buying SIM cards in the countries we visit as data rates are much better than US provider’s “International Coverage” rates.
In the end, I think we’ll opt NOT to get a new GPS or purchase the AUS/NZ maps for my current 2009 GPS. Even though GPS make traveling pretty easy, I will most likely remind myself that both my husband and I are good navigators and it will all work out in the end. I actually love maps and sometimes miss the days when people used paper maps more often.