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Today I’m giving away one travel essential for Argentina and one for Melbourne, Australia, and there will be two winners.

Argentina: Claro micro-SIM

Traveling with a cell phone makes life a lot easier. You can call the hotel, text your new friend, pull up directions on the map function, and stay in touch over email.

But roaming on an American plan is insanely expensive.

If you have an unlocked phone, in most countries it’s fairly cheap to buy a SIM card and pay as you go. But in some countries, like Argentina, it’s a pain because you have to go to the cell phone office, take a passport, wait your turn, fill out some forms, and leave with the $1 SIM card after an hour of your vacation is flushed down the drain.

If you’re going to Argentina soon, though, you can skip all that because I’ll send you my SIM card.

It is a micro-SIM which I used with a Google Nexus 4. I believe iPhone 4 and later also use one. You can figure out the SIM your phone takes by googling the model of your phone. (This SIM will be useless to you if your phone is not unlocked.)

The SIM is issued by Claro, one of the triopolist phone companies here. They’re all equally awful, but at least they’re cheap. Unlimited internet costs 1 peso per day on pay-as-you-go plans and phone and text aren’t much either. You will have to load credit onto the SIM card, which you can do at kiosks throughout the country. Fifty to a hundred pesos ($6-12) would be plenty for a week or two.

Melbourne, Australia: myki Transit Card

Right before I arrived in Melbourne, all of Victoria’s public transportation was switched over to myki only. That means you have to buy a $6 reusable transit card for one trip on the bus or train. Spare yourself the expense and save some plastic with my old myki card.

To Win

Comment on this post. Make sure you make clear which of these “prizes” you want or whether you want both. Use your real email address on the comment form because I will contact the winners that way. (It will not be published or used otherwise.)

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