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Wish You Were Here – Staying in Touch While Traveling

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Staying in touch with friends and family while traveling has never been easier.  Gone are the days when you needed to purchase a postcard the first day of your vacation just so it might make it home before you did.

Two Free Ways to Stay in Touch While Traveling + The Coolest Postcards Ever

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

Tour Buses Ireland

An exciting moment that had to be sahred- tour buses meet on the road to the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

Thanks to smart phones, we can take all of our friends – both real and virtual- on the road with us.  Free wifi can be found across the globe and with apps like Instagram, Facebook and Foursquare we can share those “I’m having a great time” messages, complete with pictures and video, in real time.

Note:  If you are outside your coverage area or in another country, be aware of your roaming costs.  Use a free wifi finder app to conserve that precious data!

When Only a Phone call Will Do

Rebtel free phone calls

Thanks to the internet, you can make free phone calls from practically anywhere

Using those free wifi connections or your phones 3G, you can also make free calls from your smartphone or computer.  Just download the free Rebtel app to your phone (available for iPhone & Android) or to your Windows computer.  Get your friends and family to download the app, as well, and calls from anywhere in the world are free.

Note: Making international phone calls to landlines doesn’t have to break your budget, either.  Affordable plans are available so you can even call your less-than-tech-savvy family members while you are away.

The Coolest Postcards Ever

Everyone loves to get postcards.  With the Postagram app (free; on iPhone & Android) you can create real postcards from the images on your smartphone and have them mailed anywhere.  Just make sure you have those snail mail addresses with you!

Note:  While the app is free, the postcards are not.  Prices begin at 99¢.

What is your favorite way to keep in touch while traveling?

 


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About Jody Halsted

Jody Halsted has been traveling with her children since 2004, proving to everyone who told us it couldn't be done that it can. My goal is to show parents that travel with children is not only possible but it is fun! Travel with kids doesn't have to mean Disney.



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  1. travelermom says:

    I love the Postagram app. Hadn’t heard of it, but will definitely consider using it on our next trip.

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