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One of the best things about traveling the world is the incredible people you meet along the way. You’ll meet people from every corner of the world– North, South, East, and West. Sharing adventures with people from other cultures and backgrounds turns an adventure from just an experience, to an experience of a lifetime.With that said, most people don’t plan to travel the world forever, which typically means that you’ll have to part ways with your new friends at some point in your travel.
This parting of ways doesn’t, however, have to mean the end of the friendship. In fact, fostering the relationships you’ve forged while traveling can ultimately prove conducive to future traveling, as many of your new friends would happily host you in their home cities when you come-a-knocking.It’s not everyday that you get to see the REAL side of many of the countries you visit.
Sure, you see the sights, the landmarks, museums, and churches, but do you get to experience it ‘local style’? Maintaining relationships with your friends abroad is the best way to travel cheaply, and to experience the local aspect of cities around the world. This is beneficial for lifelong opportunities to travel and to keep in touch with like-minded people who can also become travel companions in the future.
Fortunately, in the age of technology, keeping in touch is easier than ever. There’s the ever-present Facebook, which allows you to keep in touch with their daily life, Skype and FaceTime, which allow for you to have face-to-face video calling, and there’s the good, old fashioned, telephone.
While Facebook is wonderful, it makes keeping in touch feel much too impersonal when hoping to maintain a real friendship.Skype and FaceTime are also great, but they also require both parties to be prepared, in a quiet place, and to have a significant wifi connection, which can be quite difficult when taking into account the time zone differences you’re likely to face. The telephone, however, tends to be the best option.
When in their home country, I’d be extraordinarily surprised to encounter someone without their phone, and even if you’re still traveling there are great (and cheap!) options for international calling. For instance, www.lebara.co.uk/call-abroad/call-australia is an excellent link for a company that provides rock-bottom prices on SIM card to call Australia. Or, if you’re on a budget, get a pay as you go SIM and you know you’ll never spend more than you have.
Whichever route you choose, make sure to keep in touch with your newfound international friends. You won’t regret it.