Summer is the time of year for vacations and getaways. If you have the travel bug and are planning a trip, here are a few ways to share your adventures and stay in touch with your friends and family while you’re away.
Even if you’re not into social media (and if you are), you are probably well aware that Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat are great ways to share updates, photos and videos with your followers. If you want to keep in touch in real time — and face to face — Skype or FaceTime are great video chat apps to use.
However, there are lesser-known vehicles that can help you add a special touch to your communications while on vacation:
- Contacts+ address book app for iOS and Android lets you house all of your contacts in one spot, and allows you to integrate them with text messages and other apps, like WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook, to stay in touch easily with all your favorite people — without opening each app on an individual basis.
- Telegram allows users to communicate with up to 200 of your closest pals in a group chat with the ability to share files up to a gigabyte. This is a great tool for those who want to share photos and videos with only certain folks, as opposed to an entire social media network.
- GroupMe is another way to keep in touch with friends via group chat.
No matter which app or vehicle you choose to use, it is key to have a high-quality smartphone with you on all your travels to keep in touch (and for safety purposes). The Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone can handle your travel needs, from scheduling tasks to keep you on track during your travels, as well as taking crystal-clear photos to capture all of the sights on your adventures. It has unlimited 4G LTE data so you can stream your favorite TV shows and movies from anywhere — particularly convenient if you want to pass time while traveling by plane, train or car.
When is the last time you received a handwritten letter? Exactly. Everyone likes receiving a delivery in the mail — something other than bills and junk mail. A hand-written postcard from your destination city or letter detailing your travel experiences can be a fun, personal way to keep your loved ones abreast of what you’re doing.
For anyone who plans on traveling for a relatively long period of time, receiving your own mail can be a concern, particularly if you will be traveling from location to location or won’t have access to an actual mailbox. Online mailbox services like Traveling Mailbox allow you to have access to your mail from anywhere. It’s a great option for people who don’t want to spend time at the post office picking up mail and who simply want to stop dealing with paper mail. Its easy interface lets you review mail online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Regardless of how you choose to stay in touch during your travels, be sure to also take time to disconnect and enjoy the present moment taking in your surroundings.
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