By Jenna Conant
While you’ll want to call home while traveling, you also should savor every second of your trip. Depending on where you go, cell or wifi coverage and charges may change how often you can talk to your loved ones. Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most from your travels—and that your friends and family can still hear from you!
Check Your Cell Coverage
Before traveling, check with your cell phone provider on whether your destination is on the list of covered roaming rates or global services. There’s usually an international plan that you can get for the duration of your trip.
Without an international plan, cell phone use outside of the U.S. can get pricey fast—so, you may want to try prepaid international calling cards, or even purchasing a cheap phone in-country to last for your trip. And for those of you who prefer social networks to phone calls, you can locate wifi hotspots near your soon-to-be location and plan Skype calls or Google Hangouts.
Prioritize Your Time
Ask yourself how much time you want to spend updating your loved ones during your travels. If your cell has been cleared for use, how often will you use it for posting about travel spots? Uploading photos? Calling home?
A call or email in the evening (assuming it isn’t an alarmingly early on the receiving end) each day or every few days is often plenty for loved ones. If the worriers require more, make a compromise to call or post updates every so often so that it still doesn’t interfere with your trip.
Save the Best for Last
If you’re like me and take tons of pictures of random sightings along your adventure, you’ll probably upload most of them once you’re back home and reminiscing about…everything!
A few photo shares while you’re traveling can tease your friends and family just enough to know there are some amazing adventure stories coming up. Hit a few highlights during your updates and then promise to regale the full experience with pictures in tow when you return. Regardless of your communication frequency and methods, the best stories come to those who wait: reward them with full experiences of all your exploration triumphs and trials.