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
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
Using those free wifi connections or your phones 3G, you can also make free calls from your smartphone or computer. Two great free options: Skype and the Rebtel app for your phone (available for iPhone & Android) or to your computer. Get your friends and family to download the apps, 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. Skype and Rebtel both offer affordable plans so you can 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?