Travel is one of the best ways to learn more about the world and about yourself. However, after an extended time abroad, it is always good to return home to family and friends. These days, though, it is possible, and important, to stay in contact with family while travelling. Even the most intrepid and independent travellers should think twice before going weeks without making contact with family back home.

Whether you choose to use the internet or international calling, staying in touch serves many functions, all of which you should consider before you head out on your holiday.

Let’s look at some of the specific reasons why staying in touch with family back home while on a holiday is so important.

Keeps You Safe

Even though your contacts might be thousands of kilometres away, it is important that you let someone know of your whereabouts and travel plans. Being abroad is full of excitement and adventure; however, the flip side of this coin is the danger and risk that it involves.

While it is never a good idea to stereotype or generalise about other countries, there are some areas of the world that are not so safe to be, especially after the sun goes down, for example. You never know what can happen in a foreign country where you are unfamiliar with the culture and the environment. Not only is it possible to get lost or in a dangerous situation by yourself, but there is always a chance that you might be assaulted or harmed by others, tourists usually make attractive targets for thieves and assailants.

Letting someone know where you will be and when you will check in with them next provides you with a means of getting help if you end up unable to contact it yourself. Your loved ones will be able to realise that something has gone wrong and will be able to get in touch with local authorities to find out where you are. While this is certainly rare and unpleasant to think about, it can happen. Thus, keeping in touch with loved ones will help to reduce the chance of harm befalling you while on holiday.

Share The Moments

Beyond the macabre reasons, there are also more positive reasons why you need to keep in touch with the people back home while on holiday. Staying in touch through video or voice calls will allow you to fill people in on what you have been up to. Sharing your experiences and stories with loved ones in the moment will allow you to better appreciate where you are. It will provide you with a sense of gratitude for being fortunate enough to take a holiday such as the one you are on.

Reduce Homesickness

Most travellers experience homesickness from time to time. This completely normal phenomenon is to be expected when you are immersing yourself in foreign cultures, especially for a prolonged period of time. Keeping in touch with your family back home, however, can help to mitigate the worst of these depressive emotions. By taking some time to speak with those who care about you, you will be able to remember that you will be home soon enough and that you should enjoy your travel experience while you can.

Make A Plan To Stay In Touch

For all of these reasons, it is important that you make the effort to keep in touch with your family and friends back home while you are travelling. Enhance your trip and keep yourself safe by making a plan ahead of time for how you will keep in touch. These days, it is easier than ever to find foreign SIM cards or simply to use wireless internet connections to connect with people in an instant.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 3rd December 2019