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The 5 best ways to stay in touch while you’re away

The 5 best ways to stay in touch while you’re away

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Best friends, family, and significant others are the kinds of people we would usually miss the most when we’re across the country or abroad. Luckily, there are many ways to keep in touch with them. 

Whether you prefer using today’s technology, fintech, or old school tactics, we’ll be taking a look at five stay-in-touch techniques that even you might try out the next time you are away on vacation or business. 

You’ll find five good communication tools to stay in touch with the most important people of your life. If you are someone who travels regularly, then keep reading.

Social media

Social media platforms have taken the world by storm. Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, there are those who want to know what’s going on with your day. You might post pictures of where you are and your friends and family might live vicariously through your adventures.

Plus, once you see them again upon your return home, you can tell plenty of stories behind the pictures and videos they have seen. 

Messenger Apps

Facebook Messenger is one of the most-used messenger apps out there. You can send a message in the blink of an eye to whoever is on your Facebook friend’s list. 

Messenger has definitely changed the game in terms of communicating with someone, regardless of distance. The best part is that you can send something without having to cost you a dime. Pretty cool, huh?

Video calls

It started with Skype. Then it snowballed over to FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and so on. Today, video calls are among one the most powerful forms of communication between you and the ones you appreciate. 

So long as you have a Wi-Fi signal or data to your phone, a video call can be done on a smartphone. If you prefer your laptop computer, that’s fine as well. It’s the closest that you can get to a face-to-face connection.

Phone/Voice Chat

Talking on the phone or using a voice chat app is perfect when you might not have the video capabilities. Telephone communications have come a long way in the previous decade. Now, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on the phone bill each month. 

Most cell phone and landline plans allow for free long-distance inside the United States and even to callers in North America (with reduced rates to countries abroad). No more surcharges or long-distance fees. No more having to hear the words “do you accept the charges”. 

Friendship bracelets

This may seem like a weird one if you think that bracelets are just a romantic gesture of some kind. But believe it or not, they make different kinds that symbolize different types of relationships. Especially the kind where two best friends can wear one, each at the same time, as a reminder to keep in touch with one another in more than just spirit – by touch.

That’s right if you touch the bracelet, a matched friendship bracelet on the other side of the world will vibrate or light up to let someone know that you think about him or her. How cool is that?! There’s more to it than this, of course, with more features and whatnot, and it all helps to deepen your relationship while you’re away.

Final Thoughts

These five ideas listed above are the best ways to keep in touch with people while you are away. Whether it’s for business or for pleasure, you can go just about anywhere these days with one or two ways to communicate. Especially at a time when technology is so advanced, you can send messages or hold video chats at any time, day or night. 

There will come a time when you’ll be away from home for extended periods. The loneliness might settle in at times and you’ll feel homesick. But don’t let that get the best of you or damper any of your plans. 

Why go “radio silent” when you can converse with your friends and family on a regular basis? No matter the location, keep the lines of communication open so those who know you can stay up to date on what you’ve been doing.