In my previous posts, I told you why you need to ditch your cell phone carrier, how to get an unlocked cell phone, and compared the costs for you to show you how much you can save. Of course, all that assumed that you will be traveling with a cell phone. But, if you want to leave it behind altogether, that is a perfectly acceptable option too. In fact, for the first part of my career break, I didn’t have a cell phone at all. Truth is, I didn’t really miss it. Once I settled back in Buenos Aires for months for the final leg of my Spanish studies, I decided to get one again.
Here are some other options to staying in touch on the road.
Want to talk to your friends and family back home for free? Then, get on skype. You can use either its audio or video function. Many internet cafes around the world offer skype too. The exceptions I saw were in countries where internet service is capped or metered like South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. But, in South America, Europe, Turkey and Egypt, I saw skype available in several internet cafes. Alternatives: iChat and Google Chat, MSN Messenger
iPod Touch and iPad: With its wifi capabilities, built in browser and email catcher, you can stay in touch online using either an iPod Touch or iPad. On my career break, the Touch was a great companion and allowed me to have my basic communication needs met. Plus, with access to all the apps in the App Store, I could have my other connections with me. Plus, you will likely be traveling with some music, so the iPod Touch can serve double duty for you. While I’m not convinced of taking an iPad with you on your long-term trip, I know of many travelers that do and are happy with it.
It seems like the whole world is on Facebook these days. Chances are you are too…and so is your mom, boss and librarian. So, use the technology that ¨everyone¨ is using already. You can set up a private group or a fanpage easily and people can keep up with you there.
Why is that email communication sounds so retro to me? With a simple gmail, hotmail or yahoo account you can stay in touch and you can keep it simple.
It’s pretty simple and cheap these days to set up a basic travel blog for your friends and family. You can post your stories, photos and videos and leave messages for your peeps letting them know where you’re heading and if you’ll be out of touch for a while.
What are some of your favorite ways of keeping in touch?