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Spending: Five ways to phone home

Whether you're hopping over the pond for a weekend or hiking through Southeast Asia for a month, choose wisely before you leave to avoid coming home to a gigantic phone bill.

1. Add an international plan to your phone. It may not be the cheapest way to go, but it's the simplest, and some U.S. carriers are making their international deals more appealing. T-Mobile's bundle of free texting, free data and 20-cents-per-minute calls is now available in 145 countries. Sprint introduced similar bundles you can add to existing plans. And Verizon recently debuted TravelPass, which lets you transfer your domestic plan's talk, text and data allowances to more than 65 countries for a small daily...