Travelling can be a hugely liberating experience. Whether you’re travelling alone or travelling with a companion. You get to free yourself from the confines of your usual day job. You get to break free from other unnecessary commitments that many of us place on ourselves. You get to travel the world, see new places, experience new things and have the time of your life. But one obstacle many people find when they are travelling is that they will miss their nearest and dearest. Often, we grow up in one area and have strong bonds with people who remain home.
But nowadays, this problem is more easily surmountable than in the past. The rise of technology and other industries means that it’s easier to stay in touch with those we love than ever before. Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep in touch with people, no matter where you are in the world.
The first and perhaps most effective means of staying in touch is facetime. Facetime is a great technology where not only can you hear and speak to the people you’re getting in touch with in real time, but you can actually see them too. This means you can see your friends and family, but also others you might miss and not be able to actually speak to, such as pets or babies who haven’t learnt to speak yet. If you’re not sure how to facetime, it’s simple and free, as long as you have an internet connection. You can find a step by step guide on how to get started here: https://setapp.com/how-to/use-facetime-on-mac.
Send a Postcard
Another simple gesture you can use to make sure your loved ones at home know you’re thinking about them is to send a postcard. Postcards are novelty gestures and they can take a while to arrive, but they’re generally well received and appreciated. They can show where you are in the world and you can include a short and sweet message!
Take Breaks Between Trips
Of course, you don’t have to travel flat out for months on end. While this suits some people, those of us who experience homesickness might benefit from popping home every once in a while. Perhaps you can return for a month for every few months of travelling. This will give you a chance to catch up with people on a face to face basis, but isn’t too much of an interruption to your trips. Instead, it can be a much needed respite.
Invite Friends and Family Out
If you’re staying somewhere and have a spare room or sofa that someone could sleep on, you could invite friends or family out to visit. This could be a fun holiday for them and provide you with some company when you’re somewhere new.
These are just a few options you have when it comes to keeping in touch with your nearest and dearest. They can really help to tackle feelings of travel loneliness, or simply to send a message and remind people they’re still in your mind.