Friday, 14 April 2017

5 Top Tech Tools for Travellers to Keep in Touch with Loved Ones

Written by Jason Gordon

When travelling abroad, it can be difficult to keep in touch with your loved ones. On many phone plans, the ability to call internationally is not an option.

If you want to add that service to your phone, you can end up paying hundreds of extra dollars for just minutes of calling. However, with our app-driven digital economy, there are tech tools that can keep you in touch with your loved ones easily without any additional cost.

  • Google Docs
When you want to share pictures and stories of your travels with your loved ones while hearing their opinions, Google docs and similar document sharing apps can be a great solution.

With desktop and mobile device access, you can create a shared document that loved ones of all ages can access and add to. With a shared Google Document, you can see who is adding their two cents, with the different coloured text allotted to each loved one. You can even set up scheduled online meetings where live chats can happen real time.

This is a fun and affordable alternative to costly international calling.

  • Skype
Skype is one of the most widely used video chat apps in the world.

With its user-friendly interface, it has become a very well-known tool for communicating internationally. Skype can also be a great way to chat with your loved ones using their text option, when video calling isn't as convenient. A great added feature, on Skype, is their WiFi services.

If you need WiFi and are willing to pay a fee, you can access Skype's WiFi hotspot network almost anywhere in the world.  

  • Facebook Messenger

Facebook is at it again, with new technologies that are keeping us closer together than ever.

Almost everyone, today, has a Facebook account. With the aid of the Facebook Messenger app, you can make video or voice calls across thousands of miles without any expensive phone bills.

With the many new and fun features added into Facebook Messenger, you can add personal style to your messages and video chats that you have with your loved ones back home.

  • Snapchat
Snapchat has quickly become one of the most successful apps of all time.

With a valuation of over $20 billion, Snapchat has been able to create advanced technologies that boast some of the most flawless video, voice, and text chatting of any app today. Snapchat is, also, a great way to let your loved ones see a slideshow of what you are doing each day abroad.

If you are on a student exchange program or on a music tour with your band, your loved ones will love seeing what awesome adventures you are up to.

  • WhatsApp
WhatsApp jumped into the spotlight, in 2015, with their free international calling

WhatsApp has been a constant travel companion of many travellers for years due to this feature.

Just like the other apps on this list, you must be connected to a WiFi network to access the free voice over IP services that WhatsApp has to offer.


Author's Bio
Jason hails from New York City where he is a marketing associate by day and blogger by night. He is a diehard sports fan that loves to travel, and tries to combine the two as much as possible. One summer, Jason road tripped across the U.S. attending as many baseball games as possible. He ended up making it to 28 of 30 MLB stadiums.