If you are doing some traveling this holiday season, you may want to communicate with your friends and family to let them know your status. If so, there is no need to spend lots of money while keeping in touch. Here are some tips on communicating with your loved ones.
Technology has advanced so far in the last few years that there are now many inexpensive ways to communicate with your friends and family without breaking the bank. Here are the top five ways to keep in touch while traveling.
Twitter is the new gold standard for lightning-fast communication. Just go to www.twitter.com to set up a new Twitter profile. How can you use Twitter to communicate with your friends and family? Simple. Just set up a Twitter profile and tell your friends and family about it. Then you can post updates to your profile about where you are and what you are doing, such as catching a plane and hailing a taxi to get home from the airport.
If you are worried about privacy on Twitter, set up a code plan with your family so you can type certain key words and they will know what you are talking about. You can also set your profile to private so the public cannot see your tweets or updates.
One of the greatest ways of communicating on the cheap is through the use of the Skype service which can be found at www.skype.com. If you have a laptop with you at a hotel and the hotel has free wi-fi or internet, then you can call all around the world with Skype. You just need to have the Skype program on your computer and the person you are calling also needs to have the Skype program installed.
Skype also has some great monthly plans for calling landline or cell phones from your laptop or home computer with Skype. These subscriptions have rates as low as $2.95 a month for unlimited calls in the United States to make calls using Skype to any landline or cell phone in the United States or Canada. Note that these subscriptions are only for outgoing calls, though you could add a incoming phone number for an additional fee.
The Facebook social networking service is becoming very popular as a way of communicating with friends and family. Just go to www.facebook.com and set up an account. Your friends and family members will then connect with you. Once you have your profile set up, you can post updates about your travels and status plans.
4. Google Talk
Google Talk is a similar service to Skype. You can make free calls around the world so long as both persons have the Google Talk software installed on their computers. Like Skype, you need a computer with Skype and a headset so that you can speak and communicate through the computer and the internet. Check out Google Talk at this Web site.
5. Text Message
One of the cheapest and fastest ways of communicating is via test message. All you have to do is make sure your mobile phone plan has an unlimited text messaging plan. If so, then you can literally makes hundreds or thousands of text messages to all of your friends and family members. Check out the AT&T Web site or the Verizon Web site for information on plans.
Skype, official web site
Google Talk, official web site