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The internet is a vital part of keeping in touch with our loved ones. Without social media like Facebook and Twitter, we’re almost at a loss for ways to keep in touch. Social media is a hub of networking, and many of us fail to venture very far from its limits. Sometimes, however, the internet can evade us, and we need to seek out those ancient forms of contact.

Mobile Phones:

It seems that the days of text messages and phone calls have been replaced by Facebook messaging and tweets. Sure, using the internet is a handy way to keep in touch while abroad, but it’s important to keep the options open in case you get caught without service. In times of great need, you can always revert back to texts and phone calls. However, we’ve all heard horror stories about roaming charges, so it’s no doubt that many people are wary to do this. Before packing up and leaving, have a look into using your mobile phone overseas. Research the roaming charges, or look into buying an international sim card. Even if you don’t plan on using your phone, it’s better to be on the safe side.


If you don’t have access to a mobile phone, you can always use a payphone. It may be slightly expensive, but it’s still a way of keeping in touch. Depending on the hotel you’re staying in, you should be able to use their phones to call home. Have a look into the prices of international calls before embarking on your trip.

Letters and Postcards:

Amidst the craze of Snapchat and Instagram, yes, it is still possible to send a letter. As crazy as it may seem, it’s as simple as writing it out and going to the post office – a universal way to keep in touch. If you’re lost without internet, or even phone access, letters are the way to go. By doing this, you can include photos or gifts for your loved ones. It may not be quite as fast as uploading your pictures to Facebook, but it does the job just fine. Consider sending postcards from the different places you visit. This can be a fun and informative way to keep your loved ones up to date with your travels.

It may seem strange to consider the need to send a letter or use a payphone. In today’s world we have become reliant on the ease of smartphones and social media to keep us in touch with each other. At some stage, however, we all find ourselves lost. Falling out of touch is especially easy while travelling abroad, so be sure to adequately prepare before your trip. Look into postage prices and the cost of international calls. To buy an international sim card, visit

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Nick Wharton & Dariece Swift

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Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift are the owners and founders of Goats On The Road. Together they have been travelling and working abroad since 2008 and have more than 20 years of combined experience in online business, finance, travel and entrepreneurship. Their expert advice has been featured on the Lonely Planet, CNN Money, Business Insider,  WiseBread and Forbes and they also spoke at the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul about the business of travel blogging.

Learn more about Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift on their respective author archives on this site and on the Goats On The Road About Us Page.

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