Heading off on a big trip and want to stay connected with friends and family whilst being out on the road? Then here are a few easy ways so you can.
1. Create a group mailing list via Email
Sending a mass message once a week or month is an easy way to help everyone feel like they are in the loop and keep them updated.
2. Get Tech Savvy and Stay Connected with these Apps via your mobile device.
Facebook is an online social media and social networking service and is a fantastic way to keep up to date on what is happening with family and friends anywhere in the world. It also enables you to let them know where you are, what you are up to and that you are safe.
It’s a great tool for sharing photos and videos. Simple tip – keep your stories short and sweet. You can choose to send posts to all your friends or create groups so only selected friends or family see the posts.
This can be used in conjunction with Facebook and allows to contact individual friend or family, making it more private.
Skype is an instant messaging app that provides online text message, voice message and video chat services.
It is a great tool to save money when calling others anywhere in the world and it can be used through all mobile devices – even through the TV!
Perfect for when you want to see you family and friends face to face and share your surrounds.
This is a video chat product produced by Apple and can be accessed via any iPhone, iPad or iPad touch. It is a simple way to chat face to face, all you need to do is call the person’s phone number or registered email address and access to WiFi.
By signing into your Gmail address you can message anyone who is using Hangouts. You can also make calls to other Hangouts users for free.
WhatsApp Messenger is a mobile messaging application which allows you to exchange text messages without having to pay for SMS. Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.
This photo-sharing app is great for sending of-the-moment video and personally captioned photographs of your trip in real time. Of course, sent images disappear within seconds, so envious viewers back home only get a glimpse of what they’re missing. Meanwhile, Snapchat Story creates a travel narrative by stringing together “snaps” in a series, but these too self-destruct (after 24 hours).
3. Get back to basics with snail mail
Even with all the technology sometimes the best way to share news from your travels is purchasing and posting a postcard to two.