A Backpacker's Guide To Staying In Touch

Most people go off on long backpacking trips because they like the idea of adventuring around the world on their own. It will give them plenty of time to find themselves and develop as a person.

As great as solo travel can be, you shouldn't completely cut all contact with your friends and family back home. After all, they will want to hear all about your trip and see all your exciting photos! There’s just one drawback - staying in touch when you just have minimum luggage with you can be difficult. You won’t have space in your bag for a lot of devices that can help you contact everyone back home! But that doesn’t mean that getting in contact with home is impossible. You just need to follow these tips.

Take A Cheap Phone

You shouldn’t take a very fancy smartphone with you while you are away backpacking. It could very easily get lost or stolen. So, just take a basic and inexpensive phone that you can easily replace should you lose it. These days, you can find lots of cheap smartphones onto which you can download apps like Whatsapp and Viber. Are you struggling with money at the minute and wondering how to get a contract phone with bad credit rating? There are lots of firms that now offer special contracts for those with poor credit. So, you should be able to find the perfect travel phone no matter how poor you may be!

Make Contact On Arrival

No matter how late at night or early in the morning you get to your accommodation, you should make contact with your family as soon as you arrive. They will then know that your journey went okay and you arrived in one piece! When you make contact this first time, you can then agree on a regular time when you will check in with them. You should let them know in advance if there will be a period of time when you won’t be able to get in touch (maybe due to bad signal) so that they don’t start to panic about your whereabouts.

Don’t Tell Them Anything That May Cause Worry

You don’t have to inform your family and friends back home of absolutely everything that happens on your trip. So, if something slightly unexpected happens during your travels, there might not be any reason to tell your family about it as it may cause them to worry unnecessarily.

Keep In Touch Via A Blog

If you know that you will be traveling through countries that have limited phone signal and Internet, then you might not be able to directly contact your family as much as you would like. But don’t worry, you can keep them up to date with your travels by writing a blog. Your family and friends can read your blog and see your pictures. That way, they know that you are safe and having a great time!

So, don’t forget to keep in touch while you’re away!

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