When you travel often, especially for work, staying in touch with friends and family can be a bit of a challenge. Luckily, we live in a technologically advanced day and age, with the world at our fingertips, quite literally. Use technology to your advantage in order to maintain and grow relationships even while you’re on the road. See our tips below!
Adjust your phone plan
If you travel often, an international, unlimited-data phone plan may be more expensive, but it will absolutely be worth it. Instead of worrying about where or how much you can use your phone while traveling, spring for the bells-and-whistles plan so the thought never even needs to cross your mind. Be sure to ask your employer if they offer any discounts or reimbursements for the phone expenses of frequent travelers.
Why just talk when you can video chat instead? Apps like Skype and phone features like FaceTime make it easy! If you have young kids back home, it can make frequent travel a little easier (for you and for them!) to see each other each day.
Use the world clock feature
Utilize the world clock feature available on most smartphones or a world clock app if you are traveling somewhere in a different time zone than your friends and family. This way, you’ll be able to quickly and accurately tell what time it is back home before calling or texting loved ones.
Write a blog
If you can’t necessarily make time to chat all the time, let your friends and family read about your adventures on your very own blog. Whether you offer tips and tricks for fellow travelers, or just share your personal escapades, your loved ones will be happy to catch up with you via your personal online space.
Post on social media
Document big moments, like historical monuments you see, the best meal you eat or an awesome hotel you stay at, on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Social makes in-the-moment sharing possible with only a few clicks. Be frugal, though, with pics and posts as not only is it largely considered a faux pas to overshare but it can also put you at risk for those looking to taking advantage of the fact that you’re frequently away from home.
Research some group photo sharing options, such as iCloud photo sharing or apps like Cluster, before your trip and get your loved ones set up with them. Not only will you be able to share photos from your trip, your friends and family will also be able to share photos from back home with you.
How do you keep up with friends and family back home when you are traveling? Tell us in the comments section below!