• 6 ways to keep phone charges low during international travel

    In this Wednesday, May 27, 2015, file photo, a passenger makes a phone call as he walks by a flight information board at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, Belgium. You don’t have to pay a fortune to use your phone abroad, but you need to plan ahead. Getting a local plan when you arrive is the most economical choice, but it’s not practical for many people. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)

    FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — It’s a sure-fire way to dampen the holiday cheers: Spend a week on a dream vacation abroad, then come back to find an additional several hundred dollars on your cellphone bill.