You're an expat, living and working in a foreign country. You've given up your home and friends for this opportunity. But you don't want to lose touch with them completely — you want to keep up with what's going on at home and share your new experiences with those who care about you.
Keeping a relationship with the people at home is good for your mental health, as well as making sure your relationships don't die and fade away just because you move abroad.
Here are some of the best ways to stay connected with those back home:
1. Use social media
Social media is a great way to keep up with what's going on in the lives of your friends and family back home. You can share photos, videos and updates easily through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter — even if they're not using these platforms themselves! If they aren't using these platforms, there are plenty of other ways that they might still be able to see what you're posting (such as by following your blog).
2. Send postcards
There's nothing like getting a card in the mail from your loved ones back home. Even if they don't have much time to write, they can still send you a note on a postcard that they picked up while sightseeing or shopping. Depending on how long it takes for them to get their mail and return their postcards, you might not hear from them for weeks at a time. But that's OK — every little bit helps!
3. Watch Netflix together
If you have any friends who are also going through this big change, try watching movies or TV shows together over Skype or Facetime via Netflix (or even better, get them over for a visit!) The best part about this activity is that it doesn’t involve money — just the cost of international calls and internet access (and snacks!).
4. Play board games online
Board games are a great way to keep in touch with loved ones who live far away. Board games give you the chance to play together, even when you're not physically present.
5. Face-timing or skyping.
Skype is a great tool for keeping in touch with people who live far away from each other. Just download the app onto your smartphone, sign up for an account, add your contacts and start chatting!
6. Cook together virtually
Cooking together is another great activity that you can do if you’re missing home. It doesn’t matter if they don’t know how to cook or if they do, it’s still going to be fun because it will give them a chance to teach their children how to cook!
If you're planning on moving abroad, you may be worried about what it means for your relationships back home.
It can be tough to leave behind friends and family, but the internet has made it easier than ever to stay in touch with people even when you move far away. In fact, technology has made it easier than ever to maintain close relationships with people who live far away from you. So don't worry and continue to pursue your dream to live abroad!