While enjoying holidays, most people at some point want to contact home to tell friends and family that everything is going well. Fortunately, there is a myriad of ways that people can communicate with each other these days, and staying in touch is easier than ever. The following are the best ways that you can touch base with friends and family while you’re on holidays.
Postcards and Letters
Sending and receiving letters or a postcard is an old-fashioned style of communication but for many it is still the best way of generating and maintaining a closer relationship with someone. Postcards are great for on-the-go travelers who don’t have a lot of time to write a long letter, but they still give people at home a good idea of the fun you are having on your trip. Writing letters is the ultimate way to send someone a thoughtful and personal message, and there is nothing better than receiving a letter from a loved one in the mail.
There was a time when calling home from overseas wasn’t a viable option simply because of connectivity and cost concerns. Nowadays, however, calling home on the phone is a great option for travellers wanting to catch up with friends and family no matter where they are in the world. Thanks to the many international calling services that are now available, people can catch up quickly and enjoy hearing a familiar voice on the line.
For busy travellers, email is probably the best option for sending personalised messages that reach home quickly. These days, hotels, hostels and holiday apartments are well equipped with public internet access, and taking 10 minutes to send a loved one a quick email has never been easier. Even if you are holidaying on a cruise, the chances are very good that you will have a better internet service than phone service.
For those who are on an extended holiday, blogging has become the most popular method for staying in touch with friends and family. Travel blogs are much like an online travel journal where you can post stories and pictures for everyone to see. Friends and family can then keep up-to-date with your travels, and have the ability to write comments that you will be able to see. The best thing about blogging is that you can keep in touch with many people at the same time without having to write the same letter or email over and over again.
Using social media websites such as Facebook or Twitter to stay in touch is much like blogging, only more informal. You can still post comments on your whereabouts and put up the latest pictures of your trip, but with the added advantage of being able to stay current on what your friends and family are doing as well.
Skype is fast becoming more popular than traditional phone calls because it is done over the internet, and it is free. The added advantage of skyping is that you have the option to video-conference with loved ones in real time, which can be very exciting if you are on an extended holiday. Depending on where you are in the world, skyping is often the easiest and fastest method of communication while you’re on holiday.