9 Fun Ways To Keep In Touch

By , November 15, 2011 9:39 pm

While we traveled 17 countries, we found it difficult to keep in touch with others on a regular basis, but we made our best effort. Some travelers we met had mobile phones everywhere they went. We thought that was too easy and expensive in the long run. It was more important to have our laptops with us so we could blog and we took advantage of the free communication technology options over the Internet.

Here is a great example about a couple who found a fun, unique way to stay close while being physically far apart:

“Every night, I record the story of my day and send it to Erik as a private track on SoundCloud. He listens later at night on the West Coast or early in the morning. This is one of the things we do to stay close while we’re far apart. (San Francisco and Boston, while I’m away at school.)”

Not only is this a cute story and SoundCloud a great source for music, this is another way travelers can keep in touch with others while traveling.

For us, having a blog by far has been the best way to share our travels with you all, but sometimes my family and friends want to have face-to-face communication. I find it difficult to make regular phone calls, especially to several people. So why not record one brief message and share it with multiple people?

I’m not going to list every communication technology out there, but here are some ways to keep in touch.

Blog: share everything and anything, but it is honestly a lot of work to keep it updated regularly.

E-mail: send one-on-one e-mails or a summary e-mail.

Facebook: you know how it works.

Web Chat (free or low calling rates):
-Skype
-Google Voice

Sound recordings (record and listen later):
-Vocaroo
-SoundCloud

Video:
-YouTube
-TokBox: TokBooth allows your readers to record a video message for you.

Try it out and say HELLO to MeAndFrenchie by submitting a video message.  We will only get this message and it will NOT be shared with others. Thanks!

5 Responses to “9 Fun Ways To Keep In Touch”

  1. Pas mal les sites de message sonores et videos . j’y avais jamais
    pensé a cette idée !!

  2. We opted not to bring a phone with us and have been relying
    strictly on the internet to stay in touch. Our blog and Facebook
    have been essential for staying in touch with friends and family,
    but Skype has by far been the most successful tool. If anything, I
    talk to my parents more now through it than I did without it. Video
    chat, no matter the provider, is definitely the way to go IMO.

  3. Sam says:

    I agree, skype is the best for easy communication. Nothing like
    being able to talk face to face with video for free. Have been
    meaning to give Google + video chat ago as an alternative to Skype,
    interested in seeing how the multi person chat goes; just need to
    find more than one person interested in talking…

  4. Arvind says:

    Guys, you can also try SIP applications to be connected. Try
    callcentric / ip2call.. Regards, Arvind. ex-Orb mate.

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