There’s almost nothing more exciting than traveling internationally. You get to learn about all kinds of different cultures, see gorgeous, foreign landscapes, try new foods, and meet all kinds of interesting people. Then again, all of that new, foreign and exciting stimulation can quickly fade into feelings of isolation, and when that happens, it can be difficult to keep things in perspective. Not to mention, some things can just be a lot more difficult in a foreign country than they are at home. You may know how to search for hotels in Boston at the last minute, but do you know how to do that in Bogota? There’s a lot about international travel that can be very overwhelming, and if you don’t know how to both plan accordingly, and stay connected with your loved ones, things can start to get scary very quickly. Here is how to stay connected when you travel internationally.
- Post pictures from time to time on social media. Of course, when you’re traveling, you don’t want to spend too much time on social media. You want to be out in the world enjoying the present moment with the people that are right in front of you. However, from time to time, you can really start to get homesick. When you do, take a moment to just post a picture or two from your day on social media so that you can initiate conversation and share your experiences with your friends back home.
- Video chat with friends and family online when you get the chance. If you start to really get homesick, then you might want to use an app like Skype or Google Chat to have a little video chat with someone you miss. It can be incredibly therapeutic just to see a familiar face and have a laugh with someone who you really connect with. Plus, you should feel refreshed afterwards and ready to go socialize and make new friends.
- Start a travel blog. If you’re really going to be abroad for a long time, why not start a blog? You can document all of your travels in words and with pictures so that all of your friends and family can keep up with your adventures. After all, the most memorable of experiences are always best when shared, and when you know that you have people who are waiting to see what you will post next, you will feel an extra incentive to really make the most of your traveling opportunities.
- Listen to news podcasts from back home. While you are off exploring other parts of the world, you may start to feel like you have no idea what’s happening at home. That’s why it’s important to find a way to keep up with the news in a way that isn’t too obtrusive or time consuming. If you tend to get your news from TV or radio at home, you can see if those stations you normally tune into have podcasts that you can listen to in the morning.