Moving abroad: The key to keep in touch with family and friends
January 19, 2018
Living in different time zones, busy schedules, lack of free time… A lot of reasons can make us drift away from our important ones when we live in another country. If you are planning to leave Germany and moving overseas, check these easy ways to stay close to your people… before it isn’t too late!
A new job, starting a degree, moving with your partner who is living abroad… The number of reasons for leaving Germany and moving to another country can be endless. However, leaving Germany also means leaving friends and family.
Luckily, there are a lot of options available to be in touch with your most important people – and we would like to share with you the top five. Now, you won’t have any excuse not to call your mother!
1. 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 move.
Opening a blog is something easy and cheap, as there are many free platforms, such as Wordpress.com or Blogger.
2. 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 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 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.
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.
4. 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.
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.
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