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There is no better way to escape the monotony of everyday life than to simply jet off round the world, and with young travelers estimated to make 320 million international trips by 2020, it seems that we’re all seeking to swap the 9-5 for more exotic shores.

With stress undoubtedly one of the main reasons for going traveling, it’s fair to say that most of us won’t give a second thought to that horrific Monday morning commute, or the shrill cry of the alarm clock, as we backpack our way around Asia, USA, Australia, or many other fantastic places.

There are, of course, things—or rather, people—that we do miss, however, and our travels are made that little bit sweeter if we’re able to share them with our friends and family back home. Thanks to technology, the modern-day traveler is spoilt for choice when it comes to staying in touch, and a lightweight but sturdy notebook or tablet should be the first thing to go in your backpack.

The Best of Both Worlds

One of the most popular ways of keeping loved ones up-to-date on your adventures is to write a blog, documenting your journey through anecdotes and pictures, and enabling your followers to comment – like a travel diary for all to see. This is good for keeping a mass audience in the loop, and also doubles as a way of remembering your trip. You could get even more personal by creating a vlog, or simply recording short video messages for your nearest and dearest – a nice way to show your face while overcoming time differences. Check out this traveler’s vlog for inspiration.

Connecting in Real-Time

Being in an exotic land and meeting new peopleis certainly one of the main allures of traveling, but even the most hardcore adventurers know that sometimes you just need to hear your best friend’s voice (or see your beloved dog’s face) and only real-time will do. Where there’s Wi-Fi, there’s a way, and video chat via Skype is one of the best remedies for alleviating homesickness on the road. Even without internet, you can easily make and receive cheap phone calls, with traveler-friendly options making it possible to pay online for Skype credit in preparation for when you leave the Wi-Fi zone (or end up lost in the jungle). The added perk is that your less tech-savvy relatives can get in on the action – calls can also be received from landlines.

The Traditional Approach

Finally, on the subject of old school, nothing quite beats the charm of a handwritten postcard dropping through the letterbox. Despite not being the quickest method of communication, it does give your loved ones an authentic and tangible keepsake, and will no doubt evoke a smile whenever they see it on the fridge.

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