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Easy Ways to Stay in Touch with Long-distance Friends and Family

Easy Ways to Stay in Touch with Long-distance Friends and Family

Kevin Kramer


Wouldn’t it be nice if we could keep all our family and friends close to home? But, unfortunately, everyone has their own life and must live in whichever part of the world they need to. Luckily, there are lots of ways that we can keep in touch with our loved ones whether they live in the next town over or halfway across the world. Not too long ago, we would have sent letters, regularly for some people and once a year at Christmas to update everyone on what had happened in the last twelve months. But now we can tell everyone what’s going on as it happens. So if you have friends or family living elsewhere or maybe your kids are off at college, you can use these cool methods to make sure you don’t lose touch.


Make Free Online Calls


International phone calls are no barrier when you can use online methods to call them for free. You just both need a stable WiFi connection, and you can call them on your cell phone or computer without paying a penny. You can use Skype or Facetime to make video calls so you can see them in person. And they’re easy programs to use, so even Nanny and Grandpa can get involved. You can also use Skype to make a regular phone call, either for free to someone else who has Skype or paid if you’re calling a phone number.


Share Photos on Social Media


You’re probably already all over social media, so you should use it to your advantage to keep in touch with everyone. If you’re worried about sharing personal photos online, you can create a private account and only connect with your friends and family. Don’t forget to check your security settings, as well as the terms and conditions to find out who has permission to use your photos once you upload them. You can also create digital photo albums and collages for more or a traditional touch, and share the link with everyone.


Create Videos


Photos are good, but moving video is even better. When you have small children, you especially want to share the milestones they reach in their lives, whether it’s walking, riding a bike or going  to school. Make sure no one misses out on these major events by making short videos to update them on what’s happening in your family. No one has to be sad about missing anything when they can watch it back later. You can upload your videos online, so they’re easy to share.


Be a Bit Old-fashioned Now and Then


All the new technological stuff is great, but sometimes you have to go back to basics. A handwritten letter or a gift in the mail is often much more special than receiving an email or a comment on Facebook. Take the time to prepare a care package or just send a card and your family and friends will appreciate it.


There’s no excuse for losing touch with the important people in your life with all the tools available online. Make sure they don’t forget you by touching base with them as often as you can.


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