If you count among those people who like to travel often and for longer periods of time or have a job that involves many trips, then you definitely face the sad part of missing your loved ones. Even if your vacations bring you many benefits, many reasons for joy and satisfaction, at one point you realize how important it is to keep in touch with people who always await you at home.
I have been traveling for several years now, and I have been away from home for up to 6 months. So, I needed to find all sorts of ways to keep in touch with people so that the joy of discovering new places is complete and shared. Therefore, I thought to tell you about these methods by which you can also maintain a close relationship with your friends and family.
1. Send postcards
Although it seems like an outdated technique to communicate, I find it very cool and original to do so, especially if you are in a place far away from home or where you know that those to who you send the postcards have never been. You find such views at all souvenir kiosks and are generally quite cheap. Buy a few of them, write a short but comprehensive message on their back and send them from wherever you are at that time, be it Cuba, Japan, Russia or South Africa. I’m sure the consignee will be very happy and pleasantly surprised.
2. Post often on Social Media
Of course, in this case, you will be strictly limited by the presence of the Internet. There are many areas where the signal is bad or almost nonexistent and it happened to me not to have internet in South East Asia, for example. But for those places where the internet is not a problem and where you can find Wifi in almost any cafe, you can keep your loved ones informed about what’s happening in your life, by posting a photo or a clip on Facebook or Instagram.
3. Use an intelligent app for international calls
I’ve used iEvaphone, a valid app in both Google Play and the App Store, which you can download for free and use to make calls to any international number, extremely easy. The best part is that you do not necessarily need to add credit in cash, but you can get a virtual credit by playing games on your phone or downloading other apps. On their website, you will find all the necessary information. On Google Play, you’ll find the app called iEvaphone-cheap calls, and in App Store as Call2friends-cheap calls.
4. Start a blog
Of course, you can tell them about the places you visited and make an update about your status on the social networks or through an email list, but on a blog, you can upload the images exactly at the resolution you want and you can tell a lot about the experiences you had. Whether you want to keep the blog just for friends or to share it with the world, there are memories that will stay there and you will be able to access them anytime you want. Who knows, maybe you will find that you like to write about new destinations and someday you will want to turn it all into a full-time job.
5. Write a letter
Given that everything is happening online now and that almost we no longer read books in physical form, but especially writing something, I think to send a letter to someone dear, today, is an extra effort which will surely be highly appreciated.
6. Buy a local SIM
Sometimes, the fastest way to contact your family when you are far away is to buy a local SIM card and make a phone call. But beware! Do not do this as soon as you get off the plane and you have been approached by the first agent in the airport because just as in the case of foreign exchange, prices can be much higher than those outside the airport. Try to make a research in advance about tariff plans and benefits to choose the best option.
Maintaining contact with those away from you is crucial to both your mood and to maintaining a healthy and lasting relationship with them, especially if we are talking about your friends. I hope my advice has helped you and if you have others, you can leave them in the comments below.