Like any city, London feels easy to navigate when you're living there, but as a Brit who has made the jump to the sunny scenes of Sydney, returning to London for just two weeks is a whole different ball game. Luckily, I was travelling with Vodafone [1], which made re-discovering London feel like I was saying hello to an old familiar friend. Heading to London sometime soon? See how $5 Roaming made easy work of unlocking the British capital.

Staying In Touch

At the end of every flight, there’s always that moment when the cabin crew announce that phones are safe to use and everyone makes a mad dash to unlock their devices from Flight Mode. But with $5 Roaming, my phone instantly connected to the Vodafone network, followed by a steady flow of notifications from loved ones, welcoming me home and checking that I had landed safely.

Timely Transfers

Landing at 5am in any airport is a bit daunting, but when you land at Heathrow, you know that you’re quite a way out from the city centre. After 24 hours on a plane, the last thing you want is another hour of public transport. With data on, Citymapper notified me that UBER would take half the time to get me to my hotel door and at an affordable price due to the empty morning roads. It’s a no brainer after any long haul if you ask me!

Unearthing New Gems

The great thing about London is that there’s always something new happening — whether it’s a special event, a new food market or even a hotel opening. Surfing websites like TimeOut London and London On The Inside means you can swap the tourist traps for local gems. On my trip, I found a newly opened Whitechapel hotel, converted from an abandoned textiles warehouse and then took friends to a food pop-up that was getting a lot of attention in the local food scene.

Sharing Your Adventures

Whenever I’m abroad, I always get snap happy, whether it’s for Instagram or just updating my family with daily photos and videos. Searching for Wi-Fi or running out of data can be really frustrating but exploring with $5 Roaming meant that my sharing habits didn’t need to change. The best part was not having to wait until I returned to my hotel’s Wi-Fi before I could post any Instagram content.

Working On The Road

As a content creator, it’s hard not to take the opportunity of travel to create some work whilst you’re on the road. Being able to setup a personal hotspot for large file uploads is invaluable, especially when you need to send content back to the office at a moment’s notice. For me, it makes $5 Roaming an important part of my arsenal when abroad.


With Vodafone $5 Roaming, travel further and stay connected. You can use Vodafone’s $5 Roaming with your phone, tablet or postpaid mobile broadband plan for just $5 extra a day in over 100 countries, for up to 90 days in a calendar year. Countries may vary, so check the list of included countries before you travel. If you’re on a Vodafone Infinite or Plus Plan, you can only use Max Speed data with $5 Roaming, along with your call and text inclusions. If you’re on an Ultra+ Plan, you can use unlimited mobile data on your phone.

Disclaimer: Vodafone is not involved in any official sponsorship or partnership with the apps listed above. This is not a paid endorsement and the opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own.

Terms and conditions

$5 Roaming
Countries subject to change, see current list and full details. Available to eligible customers. $5 Daily Charge is in addition to minimum monthly spend. For all postpaid plans, once your included data, Hotspot Data (available on Ultra+ Plans), or Max Speed data (as applicable for your plan) is exhausted, additional data will be automatically added at a charge of $5/GB ($0.005/MB) (“Additional Data”). Additional Data expires at the end of your billing month, is not shareable and can only be used while in $5 Roaming countries. Prepaid services need to add a Prepaid Roaming Add-On. Opt-out at any time, visit My Vodafone or call 1555. All roaming services subject to network availability.

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Chris Fynes

Content Producer

Chris Fynes,
Content Producer

Chris is a content creator with a passion for travel and food.