Travel Advice

Keeping In Touch With Home When Living Abroad

Living Abroad

Whatever your age, making the decision to live abroad, whether it’s temporary or permanent is not an easy one. On the one hand, you get to go travelling, experience many new things and immerse yourself in a different culture. On the other, you’re probably going to miss home. From family and friends to familiar surroundings and possibly, even the weather!

However, you do not have to completely cut yourself from home life even when you’re halfway around the world. There are plenty of ways you can stay in touch with friends and loved ones and keep up to date with their lives.

Voice Messages

One simple way of staying in touch with your family and friends from back home is to leave them a voice message. How you leave one depends on the kind of device you have and what kind of apps your phone has. but most offer some kind of voice recording service. Having a weekly FaceTime or Skype call isn’t always possible due to time zones and different personal schedules.

Recording a voice message can be the next best thing to chatting ‘live‘ with your loved ones and much easier than typing novels worth of texts. It may feel strange at first but after the first couple of messages, you’ll probably get used to it. 

Social Media Groups

Phone Apps

When you’re travelling you’re probably going to be more active on social media and show off all the wonderful things you’re seeing. However, you may not want to share every little thing you’re doing. This is where a private group can be useful. This could be on WhatsApp, Facebook or an app of your choosing. You can share anything and everything you like with selected members. People you know who will be interested in what you’re doing. You won’t have to worry about bothering lots of random people. 

Care Packages

Chocolate From Home

When you’ re living abroad, you’ll probably miss some of the smallest of things from back home. Your favourite kind of tea, a packet of crisps and of course, British chocolate. They may sell it in the expat aisle but it doesn’t taste the same. Care packages feel like getting a hug in the post. They work both ways as well. Your loved ones can send you things from home, and you can send them things from the country you’re living in. Personalise it as much as you like with postcards or letters, photos and trinkets. Don’t worry, international shipping doesn’t cost as much as you think.

When you make the decision to live away from home, it is going to change your life in so many different ways. There will be the ultimate of highs and some challenging lows. Remember you’ re loved ones are always just a phone call away. 

What did you miss the most from home when you lived abroad for a while? 

*Collaborative Post

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