Travelling abroad is a special very fulfilling thing to do — and I miss it.
But often one of the greatest concerns associated with being away for an extended period of time is how to stay in touch with our loved ones, and with life in general. As just because we’re off on an adventure for a little while doesn’t mean we want to be completely disconnected from home.
Below I offer some suggestions on how best to stay connected while on the go.
Make Use Of The Free WiFi
Paying for data around the world works out to be really expensive, especially if you’re on roaming and the expense is over and above your regular phone bill. It’s therefore advised you make use of the free wifi whenever you can. There are plenty of places around the world to find free internet access, especially at hotels, cafes, restaurants and bars. Good wifi is known to make for happy clients and it will ensure that you can get online while paused for a meal or coffee.
If this is the priority, double-check that there is unlimited internet before booking an apartment or accommodation — or settling in somewhere for a coffee. Staying in touch is important not only personally — but allows you to communicate with home to let them know that you are safe and well, as well as share pics and updates on Instagram and Facebook.
I usually pick up a local sim card on arrival in any country, to provide access to google maps and info as I go, but regular wifi access means I don’t have to spend too much on data.
Think About Your Mail
Another thing to consider if you’re travelling for an extended period of time is access is your post. Depending on how long you’re going to be gone for, it might be worth investing in a virtual PO box so that you can control your mail and know everything that comes in. You don’t want to miss anything important just because you are out and about exploring the world. This is exactly the kind of thing that these PO boxes were set up for, those who are travelling.
Social Media Is Where It’s At
Finally, social media is a lifesaver when it comes to staying connected with the people you care about. We’re lucky to live in a time where communication is so simple, and by taking advantage of the free wifi as we suggested, you’re going to have no problem using these platforms. Message your friends and family, connect with anecdotes from your travels and use the check-in feature on Facebook to let people know where you are and that everything is going well. Also to promote places that you’re enjoying and would like to recommend.
I hope that you’ll find this info helpful. Take this advice and you’ll realise how easy it is to keep in touch inbetween enjoying the big beautiful world. Have fun on your adventure, and don’t forget to be safe. That matters most x.
** Pics sourced on Pixabay.
Originally published at https://theincidentaltourist.com on June 27, 2020.