A Girl's Journey Living in Japan

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Top Tips for Keeping in Touch

Traveling is a lot of fun – and living overseas too- but it can be very hard being on a different timezone to your family all the time. Thankfully we live in a time of modern conveniences and it’s easy to keep in touch via many different ways. From traditional mail to smartphone apps, there’s so much on offer you have no excuse for not giving your mum, dad or siblings a call. I like to mix things up, to ensure that things don’t get too same-same and so that my friends and family know that I care about them. For some top tips for keeping in touch, read on:

1) Get an App
You can download a free calling app that will allow you to make free calls to your friends and family overseas. This is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to keep in touch, especially if your family members have a smartphone. You can give them a call no matter where in the world you are as long as you have mobile data or a WIFI connection. I use free calling apps a lot, especially with friends who are overseas too!

2) Use International Texting
I love texting but when you’re in a foreign country the text fees add up quickly. Thankfully there are a number of international texting services that allow you to text for a small price – or sometimes even free. Browse some of the options available and see which is the cheapest and most reliable option for you.

3) Snail Mail
In the digital world that we live in, so many people neglect to send personal mail anymore. Most of our mail boxes are just filled with bills and junk mail, which means when we get something personal from someone we love, it means so much more. Yes, you’ll have to pay for the cost of stamps, the envelope and even the paper you write on, but the end result is a personal message that will most likely be treasured.

4) Email
In direct contrast to snail mail, email offers a quick, cheap and convenient way to send a message. One of the perks about emailing is that you can send the message to a bunch of people, hitting multiple birds with one stone. You can add in pictures, to make it more personal. All-in-all, emails are a great way to stay in touch with a large group of people at the click of a button.

5) Social Networks
Social networks are a integral part of our lives and they are, unsurprisingly, a great way to keep in touch while overseas. This is probably the least personal method of communication, especially if you’re just posting generic travel updates on your social media page. But on many social media accounts you can private message, which is still a nice touch.

Traveling can be hard. It can be a strain on relationships back home and can wedge a lot of distance between those you miss and care about. Using these top tips for keeping in touch will ensure that although you’re far from home, you can still maintain those bonds.

Gemma

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