Medicine can be tricky. Patients never present with the perfect cluster of disease-defining symptoms. As a patient, waiting for a diagnosis can be frustrating and fraught with anxiety. If you do not have a standard presentation of the symptoms, or the symptoms are so varied that they overlap with many other disease conditions, it is difficult to characterize an illness as a specific disease.
When I leave the country to explore another, I usually take my laptop and phone with me to work on the fly and to check-in on things back home. The problem with using your smartphone in the U.S. or overseas is that data rates can get super expensive. Here are a couple places where you can be a WiFi bandit while travelling.
Sitting in the lounge of a hostel in Munich, I looked around and noticed most people were consumed, not by interesting conversations with other worldly people, but by their electronic devices. With wifi now a staple in most accommodations, backpackers no longer need to rely on other travellers for advice and directions -- Googlemaps and TripAdvisor can take care of that.