· It's less worry for dangerous situations and messy moments
Since the phone is relatively cheapwith a contract, it's $99 for the 16GB model, or $199 for 32GBthe iPhone 5C won't bring about as hard a hit to the wallet if you, say, forget to take it out of your swimtrunks pocket before cannonballing into a pool. We can think of innumerable other accidents to befall the phone, but you get the point. Cheaper price means less guilt and less of a hit when something goes wrong.
Speaking of wrong, traveling to certain areas of the world come with a larger chance of being robbed for your iPhone. Whichever version of iPhone you have, it's a desirable luxury object. We know this from experience; while bicycling in Argentina's wine country, we were mugged for our camera. When the thief attempted to go for our iPhone, that's when our "hell no" instinct took over. When all was said and done, we lost the camera but kept the iPhone. Guess which is easier to replace while on a trip? The camera. Still, having a cheaper iPhone would have changed our thinking, and maybe we'd still have that camera.
· Plastic makes perfect, if you're prone to dropping your phone
Constructed of a polycarbonate plastic reinforced with steel, the iPhone 5C is lighter and feels less precious than the 5S model. In fact, Apple calls it "beautifully, unapologetically plastic." As the 5S is constructed of the same materials as the 5, aluminum and glass, we're going to bet the 5C will win when it comes to a test of who's lighter weight. This doesn't matter all that much in the long run, but when someone asks you why you bought the 5C over the 5S and your mind goes blank, remember this.
· You'll quickly find it in your carry-on
Five bright color choices and the optional $29, just-as-vibrant case mean it's not going to easily be lost in that black hole of a "personal item" carry-on you have. That is, so long as you don't cover it with a black case or something.
All in all, these reasons aren't positive ones. The only real justification for buying a 5C versus the 5S is if you're on a really tight budget.
Conclusion: If you're an ultra-budget traveler, as in you hate to spend more than $20 per night on a hostel, then the cheaper iPhone may be a godsend. If you're a traveler who frequently loses or trashes phones, then the iPhone 5C is definitely a more disposable option. And, if you're a traveler who seems to be a popular target for thieves, then perhaps consider this less desirable phone. What a bummer.