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5 Cheap Ways to Keep in Touch While Traveling

Stay in touch while traveling

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Traveling can be a daunting decision– particularly if you’re planning for long-term travel.  One hesitation expressed most often is the concern as to whether potential travelers will be able to keep in touch with their friends and family.  While many people like the idea of traveling, they can’t bear to miss out on the constant contact of their loved ones.  Fortunately, keeping in touch has gotten much easier (and cheaper!) thanks to technology.  Check out the plethora of ways to keep in touch without breaking the bank:

1.) Skype – One of the first of it’s kind, simple, user-friendly video calling, and it’s free. There are options for paid plans to call phones, but they’re a bit overpriced, and we have better options for you (more on that later).

2.) FaceTime – While it’s quite similar to Skype, many find this option to provide a better connection when the wifi is spotty.  The only downside is that this option is only available for your apple device wielding friends. 

3.) Sim Card- There’s a great website based out of the UK that offer a sim card to call USA at much cheaper rates than can often be found from USA-based options. They also offer a great pay as you go option so you don’t have to buy more credit than you’ll need.

Staying in touch while traveling

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4.) Facebook- Let’s face it– you have a lot of friends who may be interested in your travels, but if you spent all your time talking to each of them, you wouldn’t have time for the actual travel part.  Facebook is a great way to constantly update your loved-ones without having to have conversations at length.

5.) Snail Mail- There’s no better feeling than getting a postcard from an exotic locale, or any actual mail that isn’t a bill, for that matter.  You’re sure to put a smile on someone’s face when they know you’ve gone to the trouble of actually writing to them.  Postage is reasonable abroad, too!

There really is no excuse not to travel now.  The resources at your fingertips make keeping in touch the least of your worries. Explore your dreams, and take everyone along for the ride!

Aaron Bradford has written 156 articles. Aaron is the leader, mentor and chief geek of the Happytime team. He put together this crack team of travel writers known by codename “The Firm“. Twitter: @b4ubackpack | Google profile |

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