Keeping in touch while living abroad
September 1, 2016
Have you just relocated from Nigeria 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?
In Crown Relocations, we know that there are a lot of options available to be in touch with your most important people and therefore, the task of deciding which ones are the best can be a little bit overwhelming. Don’t worry, we have talked with some expats and here we have the 5 best ways to stay in touch with your most important people.
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 relocation.
Opening a blog is something easy and cheap, as there are many free platforms, such as Wordpress.com, Blogger or Ghost
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.
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 personalisation 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. 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 and your family back in Nigeria have a good connection.
In order to make free calls over the internet you can use apps like Skype or Viber or instant messaging platforms like Whatsapp.
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.
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.