Let us put "JOY" in your travel!
Growing numbers of people are making friends from other countries by taking advantage of increased opportunities to travel, study and work overseas. We can make some great friends on these journeys and meet people from all walks of life. Unfortunately, when the time comes to fly home, it can be very hard to say goodbye to the people we shared the experience of a lifetime with.
However, thanks to advances in technology, saying goodbye to somebody who lives on the other side of the world doesn’t have to mean we will never see them again. In fact, there are a variety of easy ways to keep our friends from other countries a part of our everyday lives. Bridge the gaps in geography and check out these five ways you can make sure you never lose touch with your overseas friends.
Phoning people is a great way to stay in touch, but calling overseas can be expensive, and after a while the costs build up. However, using the Internet, you can now not only stay in touch with free international calls but can even video chat with people from all four corners of the globe. Show off your new haircut, give a tour of your apartment or introduce old friends to a new family member. This is a great way to keep friends involved in the things that matter most in your world
Email has been around for a while, but with advances in technology making it so easy for us to access our emails at home, work or on the move, it is easier than ever to share documents, keep up a conversation or just send a quick hello straight through to your friend’s desk on the other side of the world. It might just make their day!
Download mobile apps to your smartphone that allow you to make free international calls and send free text and picture messages. Messaging apps can deliver notifications straight to your phone just like a standard text message or you can use an app to make free international calls whilst on the go, using only minimum data.
Social networks are a great way to quickly share thoughts, photos and stories with multiple people all over the world. Keep up with friend’s travels, never miss an important event and show off all your holiday snaps in a quick and easy way that will keep you connected with friends forever.
Ok, so it isn’t new or high-tech, but receiving a hand written letter is a simple and rare joy in life. You can use technology to help you by collating email addresses, social networking profiles, phone numbers and postal address into an easy to use contacts list, so you don’t need to dig out a bulky address book or find all those pieces of scrap paper. Your overseas friends will be delighted when your letter drops on their mat and it is a great way of incorporating some individuality into your communication.
What is your favourite way of keeping in touch with people overseas?
Catherine Halsey writes for a digital marketing agency on a range of subjects. This article links back to Skype.