“It’s good to talk”, so they say.
Despite that, keeping in touch isn’t always the easiest thing in the world, especially when you’re on the road.
Just a few short years ago sending a postcard home whilst on our travels or holidays was the norm, and more often than not it took weeks to arrive, to the point where you were often home and told your loved ones all the news and gossip that was on the card, before it landed on the doormat.
If you managed to find a phone, a phone card, and called home, it cost a small fortune, the quality was rubbish, and you didn’t really manage to speak to anyone for any longer than two minutes, before you got fed up with shouting ‘what?’ several times over.
Thankfully things are now very different.
Anyone with a smart phone will know the vast array of apps available for keeping in touch, be it texts, calls, or even video calls, meaning it’s practically like being with the people you’re trying to call. International calling is now easier than ever with services like Rebtel, which is a free calling app available on smartphones. This allows you to make good quality calls to loved ones at low rates, and calls to fellow Rebtel users are free.
Staying in touch has never been easier, and it also goes a long way to cutting out the homesickness element of travel, because it’s simple to talk to those you’re missing.
Facebook has changed the world with respect to keeping connected, and sharing photograps and stories of your travel adventures. Of course, it also has its downsides, as many an argument has a Facebook connection somewhere along the way.
Probably one of the best sides of this technological revolution is sharing photos. Like we just mentioned, you can easily do this on Facebook, but not everyone has it or wants it, so the many apps available on smartphones easily allows you to quickly zap over a photograph of the beach you’re sat on, the view from your hotel room, or anything else that takes your fancy, straight over to your family, friends, or significant other. It’s basically made the world a much smaller place.
Some people still love the novelty of sending a postcard, and they’re still out there for sale, but how many people really still use them? I generally buy them to bring home because I like the pictures!