Keeping in touch while traveling

The idiomatic significance of ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ was a good take in the 20th century cinema. The opening of the 21st century has seen a boom in technology and the magic that the Internet created, has made the world so small that you can practically live with another person in spite of being miles away! Mobile phones, laptops, iPads have made telephone booths and dials up phones a vintage buy! Staying in touch these days is a mere touch away. All you need to know is how. Travelers across the globe have benefited from this technology as they can constantly be in touch with their family and folks back home whilst trotting across far away destinations.

Free international calls from Android or iPhones and from practically anywhere in the world has now become possible with applications like Skype and Gtalk that enable you to voice or video chat at zero expense! All you need to do is download it, again, at no cost and you can speak to your loved ones while on the move. The other user too has to be on Skype and the only thing that you need is a tablet, a smart phone or a laptop. If not, you can simply sign in from the nearest internet hotspot to be able to use Skype. If there are multiple participants, you can even do a conference call. This is by far one of the best apps to stay in touch while travelling abroad.

Another way to curb your expenses is to purchase online phone cards or calling cards on arrival. You can get these at a local newspaper or book store or a grocer’s. These are available in multitude of combinations. Get informed regarding how to use it and what the call charges are to your required destination. Some cards also have the ‘call back’ facility where you can arrange for your family or friends to call you back, in case you are running out of cash.

photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar via photopin cc

photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar via photopin cc

If you wish to share some videos or photos of your adventures abroad, you could do so using several websites. Dropbox.com is a good option as it allows you to store humongous data in a floating account. You can keep uploading pictures and clips while you are waving from atop the Eiffel or zooming in a roller-coaster in Disney land in Orlando! This is a better way not just to store but also to go for selective yet substantial sharing instead of maybe using a social media platform like Twitter or Facebook.

Last but not the least, you could also go traditional! Write letters or postcards with pictures of your travel destinations. This has its own charm and is a lovely souvenir for those who receive it! It takes your folks and grandparents back in time where they spent their entire life without technology and purely using the old-fashioned methods of staying in touch with one another. Writing a letter may not be the first thing that you will end up doing but let it at least be the last one so that you don’t miss out on the fun and charm of it all! There! Lots of ways to keep your family and friends informed, take your pick!

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