Planning a trip over the festive period? Here's everything you need to know about taking your phone on holiday with you...

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Heading overseas this Christmas? Whether you’re visiting distant relatives or are popping off into the great unknown for a festive adventure, you’ll want to be able to stay in touch with loved ones back in the UK without worry. Luckily, it’s just got a whole lot easier as you can now get 4G roaming in over 70 destinations worldwide, and keep in touch with friends and family at home from just £3 a day!

But the holiday help doesn’t stop there. Got your suitcase packed and your passport in your pocket? Here’s everything you need to know when it comes to taking your phone abroad with you…

Take your tunes offline

If you opted for Spotify Premium as your entertainment pack with your 4G Red Value Bundle, you’ll no doubt be enjoying the world of music your subscription unlocks. But are you utilising the ace up its sleeve? With a Premium subscription you can save your playlists for offline use, meaning you can even listen while you’re on the plane.

To do so, just head into one of your playlists and flick the ‘Save Offline’ switch. Assuming you’re on Wi-Fi, the app will start to download each track one by one. Et voila: offline playback for when you’re at 35,000 feet!

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Find your way for free

Hired a car for your trip? It doesn’t matter if you want to stick to the beaten path or head into the wilderness, you’ll still want to know where you’re headed. Thankfully, these days your smartphone can make doing that a breeze, and at no extra cost. Here’s Vodafone eForum Community Champion Nabs’ opinion on the best free Sat Nav apps.

Have a microadventure

When you’re on your travels, do you play it safe or throw the guide away and see where the wind (or the snow) takes you? Professional adventurer Alastair Humphreys believes you should do the latter, and he’s got some great tips on how to do it. Here’s his guide to having a microadventure wherever you go.

Pack some extra juice

Finding your way with your maps app of choice, streaming music, staying in touch and taking loads of great photos of wintry (or sunny) vistas will probably all amount to a phone battery that drains quicker than usual. Luckily, you can top yours up with the Vodafone USB emergency charging pack, which is small enough to slip in the pocket and will give you at least one extra full charge. It’s available here for just £10.

A bigger, better Vodafone WorldTraveller

With Vodafone WorldTraveller, you can take your UK minutes, texts and data with you to a huge range of destinations for just £5 a day for the days you use your phone. All you have to do is opt in by texting ADD to 40508, or just call 5555 free from your Vodafone mobile, and you’ll be able to stay connected without the fear of running up a big bill.

We’ve just added 28 new destinations and the new, even bigger roster of Vodafone WorldTraveller destinations includes USA, Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong and China, as well as loads more! Head to www.vodafone.co.uk/worldtraveller for the full list.

Staying closer to the UK this Christmas? Good news: you can take your UK minutes, texts and data with you to a huge range of European countries for just £3 a day with Vodafone EuroTraveller. You can check out the full list of destinations in our Europe Zone at www.vodafone.co.uk/eurotraveller.

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Vodafone 4G Roaming

While WorldTraveller and EuroTraveller help you save money when travelling abroad, our range of 4G roaming destinations also ensure that when you are connected, you’ll be getting the same blazing-fast speeds you expect at home.

To that end, you can now get 4G roaming in 73 destinations around the globe – more than any other UK mobile operator. Recently joining the ranks are Turks & Caicos and Uruguay, meaning anyone headed to those hotspots over the winter break can stream, surf and stay social at breakneck speeds. You also don’t need to be on Vodafone EuroTraveller or WorldTraveller to enjoy 4G roaming.

What to do if your phone is lost or stolen?

It’s everyone’s worst nightmare, but what do you do if your phone goes missing and you’re on foreign soil? Well, the first thing to do is not to panic. And the second? Call us on +447836 191 191 if you’re abroad, or if you’re on a staycation you could borrow your friends Vodafone mobile to call 191. Check out our comprehensive guide on what to do if your phone gets lost or stolen here.

Become a roaming expert… When you send a text back to the UK from another part of the world, how does that text make it back? And why does it sometimes cost more than in the UK? Wonder no more: here’s the science behind roaming explained.