Best ways to keep in touch with loved ones when relocating abroad
June 5, 2017
Have you just relocated abroad for professional reasons and you would like to keep in touch with your relatives? Are you studying abroad and would not like to lose contact with your home country?
Staying in touch after a relocation might seem an easy task considering that we are living in the digital era. Nevertheless, there are plenty of communicating forms and tools available nowadays. Crown Relocations has chosen the 5 best ways to stay in touch with your most important people:
1. 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 personalisation and privacy options.
Among all of them, Path and Familywall stand out. Path is a social network really popular in Bahrain, other Middle East countries and South-East Asia, which allows you to share from photos to books that you like and to know 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.
2. Create your own blog
If you like to write, 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 relocation.
Opening a blog is something easy and cheap, as there are many free platforms, such as Wordpress.com, Blogger or Ghost.
3. Instant messaging and calling
If you prefer oral communication, Internet allows you to keep in touch really easily during your relocation as long as you have a good connection.
In order to make free calls over the internet you can use apps like Skype or Oovoo or instant messaging platforms like Whatsapp or Snapchat.
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.
Depending on the country you moved in, the time zone and the network available, it is possible that the best way to be in touch with your beloved ones is by email. Through this option, you can keep in touch with them without the need of a high speed internet connection. Moreover, you can send all types of documents (photos, videos, files..), regardless of the time of the day, as the other person does not need to be online at that moment.
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 are living abroad.