News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. April 21, 2017: These days, more and more people are deciding to travel abroad. Many choose to stay a few days, weeks, and even months abroad to get all they can from their trips. Because of the distance, it can be hard to keep in touch with loved ones. There are tools, many of which are free, that allow you to keep in touch while still having the freedom to enjoy your trip. Thanks to technology, your loved ones can stay up to date with your travels, and you can know what’s happening at home. Below are some of the best tools that can be used to communicate while you are away from home.
International Calling Apps
Calling apps, such as WhatsApp and Viber, allow you to make phone calls over the Internet for no cost. These apps also offer group features, so it is easier to connect with everyone at once. Both apps are offered as apps across multiple different platforms.
There is countless, easy to use document collaboration software out there to take advantage of, allowing you and your family to be on the same page, literally. Google Docs, in particular, is a great way to create and share your travel itinerary. Google Docs is a document program that allows you to co-edit different types of documents. If you make changes to your plans during the trip, or your family has some ideas of what you could try, you all have access to the document with Google Docs.
Social Media Apps
Social media allows us to stay connected. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat will allow you to share what is happening during your trip through photos, statuses, and video clips. Your loved ones can comment and interact with you as you post about your trip. You can also check on your family if they also use social media frequently.
Face-To-Face Calling Apps
Apps like Skype and Facetime allow you to have face-to-face chats with those you care about. These apps can be used over Wi-Fi, or your data network, and are also free. Many travelers use these apps to check in with those they care about. If you are missing home, these may be the tools for you. Both are available cross-platform and in the app stores, and their ability to catch bugs before they go live means they rarely experience any down time and are incredibly reliable when traveling abroad.
If you are looking for a simple and inexpensive way to call home, then a calling card may be the best option for you. Calling cards allow you to get a pay-as-you go type of deal and can be used with any type of phone. Once you are at your destination you can purchase a calling card from any local convenience store or hotel.