When you and your loved ones find yourselves far away from one another, communication can become a real challenge. After all, if you are in San Francisco, and your best friend is in Boston, you can’t just pop into a neighborhood coffee shop to catch up. International travel makes things even more complicated. Still, we live in an incredible age for communication technology and the tools we have available to us to communicate across great distances are boundless. Here are some ways to keep in touch with those who are most important to you when you find yourselves separated by great distance.
Set up a Skype/Facetime/Google Hangout Date Once a Week
Many video-chat platforms are now available and many of them are free. If you want to talk to someone who’s far away, set up a weekly time where you will both sit in front of your computers, or smartphones and chat via a service like Skype or Facetime.
Use an App like Viber
When you leave your home country, cell phone plans become complicated, and expensive. If you want to avoid the hassle of dealing with international cell plans, try downloading an app like Viber. Viber and apps like it allow you to make calls over the Internet. This means that if you can find a good wifi connection, you can make a cell phone call internationally without spending an arm and possibly a leg to complete the call.
Write a Letter
Okay, okay, this isn’t the fastest, latest, high-tech whiz-bang way to communicate. Writing and sending a letter takes time and that’s what makes it special. Think about how happy the recipient will be, knowing how much time you put into sending a letter. Letter writing is old-fashioned, but it also feels special.
So regardless of whether you use Skype or write out a letter by hand, you have lots of great options for keeping in touch, no matter how far away you may be.