How To Stay Connected While Traveling

When you decide to travel, you don’t always think about every aspect of heading off on a trip to somewhere new and exciting. All you’re thinking about is how exciting it will be to get out there and see the world, and often this means that you don’t about what you’re leaving behind – your friends and family.

Staying connected wasn’t always easy, but nowadays, thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever before to remain connected to your loved ones, even when you’re not around. So the next time you head off on a trip abroad, make sure to think more carefully about how to stay connected.

Wondering what the best ideas are for staying close even while far apart? Read on for an array of handy hacks and ideas!

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Take advantage of instant messaging

The issue with staying connected while apart used to be tricky because it could be expensive sending text messages from abroad. However, that’s no longer the case thanks to the birth of iMessage, Whatsapp, Viber, and Facebook Messanger, as each of these services can be used to message for free, from anywhere in the world, just as long as you have an internet connection. Pretty cool, huh? Of course, you’re not always guaranteed free internet access – and you don’t want to use your data as abroad it can cost a lot to use – which is where having a mobile hotspot device can come in handy to have.

Send digital postcards

Yes, these are a thing. Instead of buying a postcard, why not use a postcard-making app where you select a photo that you’ve taken, add a message to the back, add an address, and the company then sends the postcard for you. How cool is that? You might not be able to write the postcards by hand, but it’s a much quicker and easier way to stay connected.

Video chat

Another option for staying connected while traveling is video chatting with your loved ones via FaceTime and Skype. If you want a close chatting experience, where you are face-to-face with your friends and family, then video chatting is the best route to go down as it allows you to chat as if you were face-to-face, instead of thousands of miles apart.

Email

Emailing might be seen as old-fashioned by some, but if you’re traveling abroad in a different time zone and want to stay connected to your loved ones without having to stay up late to chat live, then emailing is a great option. While you could opt to send a letter, emailing offers a much faster and more effective communication method worth considering.

There you have it, everything that you need to know about staying connected while traveling.

 

 

The Living Room Traveller

I read many travel blogs and it seems that those who travel around the globe, writing interesting posts have it made. They are living my dream.

More than travelling itself I like to learn about new places and about the tourism industry, which is why I have a degree in tourism. Landscapes, the business of tourism and the cultures all interest me and it amazes me how different we all are even though we share one planet. Of course, if I knew how I could travel with my family I would do it. Instead, I read books, watch programmes and documentaries, take a trip; using Google maps, and when I have the money I plan an actual trip based on what I learned.

This post looks at what I have learned recently about some places that I would like to visit.

Make sure you don’t judge a place from one source, the issue is that a destination can be shown in both a positive and negative light and likes/dislikes are subjective so make sure you think about what’s right for you.

Hong Kong

Inspiration:  http://www.channel4.com/programmes/travel-man-48-hours-in/episode-guide/

I have enjoyed watching the majority of this series and it would be quite a fun challenge to visit somewhere for 48hrs and cram everything in. The episode I am focusing on is the Hong Kong (Christmas special!).

My first thought when watching this show was ‘why Hong Kong for Christmas?’ Well, even after watching the show, I was still not sure. The show mainly discussed food, some attractions and randomly a tailor.

One thing that interested me was the hotel they were lucky enough to stay in (WAY out of my budget) the technology is interesting and gives you a peek into the future.

Whilst discussing the food Richard Ayoade & Jon Hamm were joined by a food blogger, who took them to many places to try local cuisine. Stinky tofu was not for me, but then again I am a picky eater, I could probably try the snake soup though. However it’s not the food that attracted me, it was the images of the architecture, which seems varied. The peak tram may be a good starting point for viewing buildings even though it looked a little scary, the view from The Peak Sky Terrace 428 seemed worth a look.

Another stop was Tian Tan Buddha, which looks marvellous sitting at 34 metres high, this bronze Buddha looks over the Chinese people and would be a must-see for me. Located on Lantau Island it seems to me it would be worth a trip.

After watching this I did a little research of my own and found some facts that interested me and discovered some attractions that were not featured.

So, Hong Kong consists of a mainland peninsula but also 230 islands, was founded in 1842 and its capital is Victoria City.

Currently undergoing maintenance until February 1st Ngong Ping 360 is a cable car ride, which starts from Tung Chung to the Ngong Ping village. Here you will find shops and restaurants and the Walking with Buddha experience. If this isn’t for you then you could head to Lantau Island, the largest of Hong Kong’s islands. This is the home of the ‘big buddha’ as well as Po Lin Monastery which is known as ‘the Buddhist World in the South’. Both inside and out this monastery is vibrant and from what I have read seems to be peaceful with scents of flowers.

If these places don’t take your fancy you could always nip to Disneyland.

The ICEHOTEL in Sweden

Inspiration: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08qf7xy

Wow! I would imagine this is on many people’s bucket list. This is an amazing place and it is so sad to think that it will eventually melt and have to be reconstructed and designed a year later. Never the less this year’s design featured a large ice elephant (watching you when you sleep), this looked like a lot of hard work and was constructed brilliantly.

The good news is since 2016 there is also a permanent ICEHOTEL 365 experience which is home to an ice bar and gallery. How does this stay cool in the summer? There are solar panels that cool the structure during the colder months.

Even though these amazing buildings are experience enough, if you are staying in Sweden for a couple of days you will probably want to make the most of it, by visiting as many places as possible. Here are a few things I’d love to experience if I get to visit:

Snowdog

The snow dog ride would make this amazing holiday complete with a team of Alaskan huskies taking me on a tour through the snowy landscape. To make this experience even better many excursions include a stop for a traditional lunch.

Sami Siida

A true adventure to discover the Sami culture through the open-air museum. There is also a reindeer encounter that can be enjoyed, which I would love to experience. After reading many reviews it would appear the only issue with the visit is the small cafe and expensive food sold, therefore many people suggest eating before visiting.

Now all that’s left to do is actually get myself to these places. If you have any travel documentary recommendations, I am all ears!