Calling abroad can cost you a pretty penny, even when making a brief call home to confirm your safe arrival. While travelling the world is an exciting prospect, sometimes you get home sick, miss your family and friends, and want to let them know that you are doing fine. You need a way to keep in touch with family and friends back home without breaking the bank.
So, what do you do?
Find a reliable internet connection
The first thing you should consider is finding a reliable internet connection. There are many places that you can find a good Wi-Fi connection depending on the nature of your visit.
For instance, students can access Wi-Fi on campus, business people in hotels or offices spaces, and holidaymakers in hotels. So, it is a good idea to check for Wi-Fi or internet availability as you plan your trip. If you have to rely on broadband, it may be a good idea to use internet monitors so you don’t exceed your internet quota.
Get the necessary hardware
Internet communication is not limited to instant messages, sending emails, or updating your status on social media platforms – thanks to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Skype phones that allow you to make calls via your internet all over the world.
To make communication clearer when using a desktop or Skype phone, however, you will need access to a microphone and headsets.
Start communicating on Skype
If the people you want to communicate with already have a Skype account, you can call them directly from your Skype account using a desktop or mobile phone, once you find a Wi-Fi hotspot. It is easy to make a free voice or video call on Skype call from your iOS, Windows, Android, or Blackberry mobile for free, once you install your device’s Skype app.
If you want to leave a quick message on a landline or mobile phone, perhaps to let your family know how you are getting on, you can purchase some Skype credit before you leave home.
Skype credit allows you to make international calls to landlines and mobiles across the globe. To place the calls, you need your Skype phone or desktop with a nice set of headsets, a good Wi-Fi hotspot, and the right procedure for making calls:
- Dial the exit code for the country you are making the call from
- Dial the country code for the recipient (44 for UK)
- Drop the first zero on the phone number you’re calling and dial the rest
If you plan on staying abroad for an extended period, you will probably be communicating a lot with people back home. If this is the case, you should consider getting a Skype Number. With this, your family and friends can call a local number at local rates, and that number will connect to your Skype account wherever you are in the world.
Lastly, we recommend that you send your contact details to your family and friends back at home, or anyone else you are likely to be communicating with on your travels. That said, you don’t want everyone in your phonebook to be able to reach you, since part of the appeal of travelling is disconnecting from your usual life in order to have new experiences.
Leave some people wondering, and share stories with them when you get back home.