One of the hardest aspects of traveling is dealing with missing home. It’s so normal to get homesick, especially if you’re away from home for a few months or years at a time. It’s totally natural but there are things you can do to minimise it, including staying in touch overseas. Thankfully the cost of international calls and texting has dropped considerably since the Internet has taken over a lot of our communication. If you’re feeling that you’re spending too much money on communicating with friends and family overseas or just want to see if you can keep in touch in a better way, check out our helpful tips:
There’s nothing quite like talking to someone you miss on the phone, it’s a great way to catch up on everything that’s been going on and it can be really soothing to hear someone’s voice if you’re homesick of missing them. Thankfully there’s a bunch of ways you can use online calling to save money. Whether you choose to download an app to your phone and use data or WIFI to make the calls or use your computer… the options are endless. You can get international online calling for so cheap it’s almost free. There are also a bunch of programs that allow free calling between computers, so look into your options.
Save Money with International Texting:
I have some family overseas and for a brief period of time I enjoyed sending them text messages from my phone, until I realised how expensive the texts were. Depending on your location and where you’re sending the texts to, prices can run as high as a dollar or two a text. That adds up quickly. Using an international texting service is a great way to keep the costs down so you can feel free to send a message whenever you feel like it.
Emails are a great way to stay in touch with a few people at once, which is a great way to save time if you’re too busy exploring castles or climbing Everest Base Camp to send personalised emails to everyone you miss. You can create a list of people you want to regularly update and then send them updates whenever anything exciting happens or anything new. The other great thing about emails is that you can easily include some photos in the message, which is a special way to share what’s going on with your friends and family. Sending emails also means that you don’t have to worry about timezones as much which can be a real pain to deal with, especially if you’re on opposite sides of the world.
Staying in touch while you’re overseas doesn’t have to be a nightmare, using these simple tips you can stay in touch with those you love without too much expense or hassle.