You’re about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. You’ve been planning it for the last year, it’s something you’ve always wanted to do and you can’t wait for the freedom this opportunity’s going to give you.
However, before you set off, here are some important tips for staying in touch with those back home while you’re on your travels:
Putting Everyone’s Mind at Ease
Even though you’re unbelievably excited about your forthcoming trip, it’s still crucial you keep in contact with everyone back home. As you’re travelling around the world seeing all its hidden treasures, they’re still living their day-to-day life, wondering how their little adventurer’s getting on. You might forget to get in touch when you arrive at a new destination, but it’s important to make every effort to keep people updated – especially close family and friends.
Contacting People When You Arrive at Your Destination
The first point of contact you should try and make is when you arrive at your first destination. Everyone at home will be particularly anxious for your first flight as they’ll have just said goodbye to you.
Before you go, don’t give them an exact time for your call and tell them to expect some delays. You need to allow for any delays with your flight, collecting your bags at the airport and getting through customs. You might also want to head straight to your accommodation before getting in touch (and to connect to Wi-Fi).
Agreeing to Contact Them Regularly
To keep everyone’s mind at ease while you’re away, agree to contact them every so often. This could be once a week or even once a month. However, by having this agreed contact period, they know when to expect to hear from you, which will give everyone peace of mind.
There are a number of Wi-Fi points you’ll find so you can use Skype to call or WhatsApp to text. And if you’re thinking about sending gifts home (a wonderful surprise for everyone), a number of services, including the TNT Express provide you with affordable ways to do this.
Finally, if you are going to be out of contact for a while because you’re travelling to a remote location, make sure you’ve updated everyone before you go. Tell them you won’t be able to call but give them your location details (hotel contact number, tour operators details, etc.) so they know where you are and can contact you in an emergency.
Setting off on a big adventure is incredibly exciting but taking the time to think about those left behind will make sure they’re not freaking out when they don’t hear from you for a while!