When you’re on your travels, you can’t help but miss the people back home. Even if you’re having fun without them, you want to stay in touch. And there’s nearly always someone who wants to know you’re ok and will get worried if they don’t hear from you for a day. But staying in touch when you’re travelling can be a little tricky, and not to mention expensive. You might have a few people who expect to hear from you and calling them all regularly could cost you a lot. Even emailing can be time-consuming. If you want to make everyone happy and stave off the homesickness, try these ideas.
Keep a Blog
Starting a blog is an excellent way to stay in touch with lots of people at once. Have you ever had the same phone conversation five times because everyone wants to hear about what you’ve been up to? With a blog, they can all read about your adventures, so you only have to say it all once. You can show people photos and video too so they can get a visual idea of what you’ve been doing. They can leave comments for you to read too. One you return home, you might continue your blog or use it for your next trip.
Get a Local SIM Card
Sometimes, you want to hear someone’s voice. When you’re homesick, there’s nothing like hearing Mum over the phone. Plus, you might want to make sure you can stay in touch with people you meet while travelling, either through phone calls or texts. That’s why a local SIM card makes sense if you can get hold of one. You won’t have to pay roaming charges or extra fees for using your card from home. Another option is to buy a phone card that you can use with payphones. It makes it easier to make phone calls even when you don’t have any change on you.
Send Digital Postcards
Postcards are a cute way to let someone at home know that you’re thinking about them. But posting them can be a little annoying, especially if there isn’t a post office conveniently nearby. Sometimes you end up carrying them in your bag until you get home. Another option is to make your own postcard online and email it instead. You can create a beautiful image, perhaps using some of the photos you have taken. But there’s no need to pay for postage – just email it with a nice message.
Take Advantage of Free WiFi
Wherever you go, try to take advantage of free WiFi as much as you can. You can use it to connect with your phone, tablet or laptop. Some places will have excellent connections so you can do anything you need to do. Others will just be enough to check your emails and complete other simple tasks. If it’s really important to you, look for accommodation with WiFi included.
Make sure you check in with people regularly to let them know you’re still alive and having fun. They’ll be glad to hear from you.
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