Living abroad could be an amazing opportunity for any individual to experience at some point in his or her life. I’m sure we all, at some point in our lives, have thought about trying it. However, once you decide to pack your bags and live overseas, it can make it feel rather difficult to stay connected with friends and family back home. On the other hand, it is the 21st century and keeping touch has never been easier despite the grueling time difference! So, whether you are thinking about living abroad or you already are, here are some tips on how to stay connected with your loved ones:
Skype- This is one of the biggest voice over internet phone (VOIP) providers! Therefore, this is a must-have while living away from home. You are able to contact your family and friends, chat with them and, best of all, see them on camera without spending any money. All you gotta do is say “Let’s Skype!” to your friends and they know exactly what you are talking about! ?Note: Calling people on landlines or a cell phone does cost money, but at a reduced rate compared to a calling card.??
Facebook- Updating Facebook is one of the easiest, quickest and most popular ways to stay connected with anyone around the globe. Upload photos, videos, notes and more! Join Facebook as soon as possible, if you haven’t already! Your statuses are desired!??
Twitter- This is a free social networking service that enables you to post messages of what’s happening in your daily life for others (or groups) to see instantly, otherwise known as a “tweet.” So, simply follow one another and BAM you are connected! In spite of that, there is a limit to how many characters that can be used, which is 160, but you can easily backlink your personal blog or photo album(s) online.??
YouTube- Recording your fun experiences through video is another great way to reconnect to your motherland. Taking advantage of scrapbooking in a visual way is a fun, creative way to reconnect and make your viewers feel like they are there with you!
Blog- Having your own personal blog is a fantastic way to update your life. Your parents and close friends can comment on what you are doing too! Also, many blog sites can connect your blog to Facebook as well! Some simple blog services that I recommend are Blogger, Word Press, and Tumblr. And guess what? They’re all free!
E-mail- Mass e-mailing is another idea to keep in mind if this is the kind of person you are and don’t have too much time uploading tons of pictures or creating something new that relates to your travels.
International Calling Cards- You can get these pretty much anywhere – even online. These are great gifts to send to your parents while you are away!
Personally, over all these various ways to stay connected, I think an even better way is to simply write a letter or mail out a post card from the destinations of your travels. This gives it more value, and possibly significance, because you took time out of your busy day to write a letter, go to the post office and send it out! I think your parents would appreciate something like this, don’t you?
All-in-all, living abroad is a huge step someone takes in his or her life (and such a huge accomplishment too)! Just don’t forget about the ones back home! 😀
Bonus tips: If you are fortunate enough to own an iPhone while living abroad, click here for more information on how to stay connected with friends and family!