If your child is about to head off to travel the world on a gap year, you may have some concerns about how you’ll stay in touch while they’re away. Luckily, there are plenty of ways that you can reach them and they can reach you, quickly and cheaply. This article will look at the various ways you can keep in touch with people wherever they are – and how you can share your child’s incredible experiences in far-flung places.
Email is, without a doubt, the easiest and cheapest way to stay in contact with your child whilst they’re away. While your child is travelling, they won’t have to look too far too find one of the countless internet cafes that have sprung up around the globe, so you won’t have to wait long for a reply.
If they want, your child can choose to share what they’ve been up to by creating a blog. They can describe what they’re doing, post pictures and even upload videos of their trip. This is a good method of staying in touch because your child will also have something to remember their trip by once they’re back at home.
Nothing beats a phone call to put your mind at rest. Reverse-charge calls will hit your pocket, although you could ask your son or daughter to purchase international pre-paid calling cards while they’re away. These offer cheaper calling rates and can be used on any phone by typing in a pin-code.
If your child was constantly on Facebook while they were at home, don’t expect that to stop just because they’re abroad. You can see what they’re up to, and talk to them through instant messaging, on many social media platforms.
If your son or daughter’s travels abroad are taking place over an entire year, why not fly out to join them for a while? If they’re working on a volunteer project or job, they won’t be permanently tied down and will have plenty of time off to spend with you. Just make sure you don’t turn up out of the blue when they’re not expecting you!
As an alternative to pre-paid cards, VoIP service providers allow normal phones to be turned into IP phones. This means that calls can be made internationally at a much cheaper rate than normal using the internet. Calls can also be made PC-to-PC or PC-to-phone.
Nowadays you can have face-to-face contact with your child while you’re on opposite sides of the globe. Services such as Skype allow you to see your child through a video link while you talk. As long as you’re both set up with a webcam, you needn’t miss each other at all!
Send a Care Package
If you know your child will be in one place for the majority of their trip, you can always send them something from home to help them along while they’re away. Plenty of courier services deliver worldwide, and many have cheap international postage rates to keep your shipping costs down.
While your child may be planning to get away from it all on their gap year, they’ll still be glad of the regular contact. Whether it’s Skype, or a WordPress blog, use some of these methods to stay in touch and make sure everything is ok with them on each step of their journey.