Tip #50 - Check Your Phone Fees before You Travel
Planning on staying in touch with family and friends by phone while you're gone? Don't wait until after you get back to find out your cell phone charges exorbitant roaming or international fees and the area to where you're traveling has very spotty service--find out your carrier's rate scale and coverage area before you leave. If the fees are sky high, think about opening a Skype account http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/home/
and bring along a pair of headphones with a mouthpiece. Now every Internet cafe has just become your personal phone booth and if the person you're calling also is a Skype member, the call is free.