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When we don’t live in the same place, it isn’t always easy to connect with family and friends. Different time zones, working schedules…

No matter the reason for your relocation, moving overseas always means living family and friends behind. Sometimes isn’t easy to keep in touch with them but luckily, new technologies have opened up a lot of options to be in touch with your most important people. We want to share with you the best five ideas to stay in touch with your love one.

1. Instant messaging and calling

The Internet allows you to keep in touch really easily during your relocation as long as you and your relative/friend have a good  internet connection.

In order to make free calls over the internet, you can use apps like Skype, Oovoo or Viber or instant messaging platforms like Whatsapp, FaceTime or Facebook Messenger.

Other interesting but less well-known apps are Couple, an app specially designed for partners living far away, and Airtime, an app which allows you to chat in small groups (maximum 6 people) and to share all types of content at the same time that you chat, as you can connect it with other apps such as TedEx, Youtube or Spotify.

2. E-mail

Depending on the country you are planning to move, the time zone and the network available,  it can be possible that the best way to be in touch with your beloved ones is email.

With e-mails, you don’t need a high-speed internet connection and, moreover, you can send all types of documents (photos, videos, files..), regardless of the time of the day, as the other person doesn’t need to be online at that moment.

3. Social networks

Social networks are probably the best way to interact with people who are far away. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are the most common ones. Nevertheless, there are other less well-known networks with excellent personalization and privacy options.

Among all of them, Path and Familywall stand out. Path is a social network which allows you to share from photos to books that you like and to monitor who has seen your posts. Famillywall is an app helping families to share locations and calendars as well as to create common lists, only available for the family members.

4. Travel back home

If you relocate relatively near from your hometown and your job or studies allow it, there is no doubt that the best way to interact with your beloved ones is face to face. A visit is not only an excellent chance to share good moments but also a good way of reducing your homesickness when you’re living abroad.

5. Start your own blog

If you like to write and make pictures, a good way of keeping in touch with your relatives and friends is through a blog. A blog allows you to describe your new surroundings, tell your readers anecdotes about the local culture and explain how is your daily life after the move.

Opening a blog is something easy and cheap, as there are many free platforms, such as Wordpress.com or Blogger

Is your move preparation becoming a headache? Our consultants can help you!

 

Five ideas to stay in touch after moving abroad from Kenya

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