How to Stay in Contact with Family and Friends When on a Travel Assignment

Cross Country Allied
January 27, 2017 12:52 PM (GMT-04:00)
Traveler Tips
It’s easy to stay in contact with family and friends when you’re on a travel assignment. Today’s technology offers so many options that you never have to feel like you’re all alone or completely missing out on what’s going on at home. Consider seven simple ways to stay in touch.

Phone Calls

If you want to hear a familiar voice, a phone call is the easiest way to do it. You don’t need to download an app or software. If your assignment has you constantly on the go, consider using a Bluetooth for hands-free conversation.


Texting is a convenient way to quickly get in touch with someone. You or your family member or friend might not be able to speak on the phone, but a text message can be quickly sent. It’s a fast way to let someone know you’re okay or when you’ll be available to talk.

Video Chat

Video chats let you see and speak with your loved ones. They are the closest thing to in-person conversation. Some applications allow you to have a group chat. Be sure to set up your account before your travel assignment. Most video chat applications are available on iOS and Android. Some of them are listed below.
  • CamFrog
  • Snapchat
  • Facebook Messenger
  • FaceTime – iOS only
  • Google Hangouts
  • ooVoo
  • Skype
  • Tango
  • Viber

Social Media

During your travel assignment, social media is a great way to keep in touch with a large number of friends and family members. You can share photos and videos, and chat on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter.


E-mail is a classic way to communicate online. It’s easily accessible on any mobile device and provides a reliable way to maintain contact with your loved ones.

What’s App

If you have an Internet connection, What’s App lets you send messages, photos, and short videos–even internationally. It has a group messaging feature that lets you contact multiple people at once. It’s easy to use, and the interface is similar to text messaging.

Prioritize It

Your travel assignment can get so busy that you sometimes forget to keep in touch with your loved ones. Save notifications in the calendar on your mobile device to remind you that it’s time to text, call, post to social media, or video chat with someone you love.

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