Ask any person their biggest regrets in life, and wishing they had traveled more will often be high on the list. We live on such a huge, incredible planet and staying in one place really is a shame when there’s so much out there to be discovered, places to explore and things to learn. You gain a whole new perspective on life, meet new people and get opportunities that you probably wouldn’t have any other way. The only downside, however, is missing the people we leave behind. If you’re traveling for many months, you might find yourself getting homesick and missing your friends and family. If you’re quite young and this is your first time away from home it can hit you particularly hard. However, there are ways you can stay in touch without having to spend a huge chunk of your spending money on phone calls.
Use Snail Mail
Snail mail is often overlooked in the age of instant communication. However it’s something that shouldn’t be lost, and writing a letter is completely different to conversing online. In a letter you get to speak freely, there are no interruptions or changes of the topic from the other person you can properly write from the heart. Plus, it shows the person that’s receiving the letter that you really thought about them and took the time out. If you don’t want to write a full letter or have lots of people you want to send mail too, how about sending a postcard? You could use a postcard app to easily transform your travel snaps, or you could pick up a few if you pass any tourist areas along the way. Unlike instant communication, these are things that can be kept and looked back on in years to come.
Utilize Social Media To Keep In Contact
If you’re able to get 3g, 4g or Wi-Fi while you’re away, you’re in luck as you then always have your network right there. This can be strangely comforting, even if you’re a little lonely in the middle of the night there will be someone around on Facebook chat or Twitter to speak to which might be all you need. Instagram is a great platform to get on while you’re traveling since you can use it to post all of your snaps without it taking up phone or camera memory. If you don’t want to spam all of your followers, set up a new account and then only people who are interested in your travels can add you. When you get back home, you will have so much enjoyment scrolling through them all.
Use Whatsapp and Skype
These days, you really don’t need to spend lots of money on expensive phone calls. As long as you have access to the internet, you can make phone calls and video calls using Skype and Whatsapp. Find out if any of the hostels, motels, campsites and other places you will be staying at will have Wi-Fi. And before you leave, find a good sim with an international data plan giving you plenty of data for your money.
How do you keep in contact with your loved ones at home when you travel? Do you use apps or snail mail? What about Skype or FaceTime? There are many options out there. Let me know your favorites in the comments below. Maybe, I will find a new favorite from your suggestions?
Until our next rendezvous…
This post was a collaboration.