Thanks to technology it feels as though the world is getting smaller. We’re now able to travel around the world in record time and connect with people across the globe at the click of a button.
With Christmas being about spending time with our loved ones, it makes sense that we take advantage of these at such a special time. The good news is that if you do have family or friends abroad at Christmas, making contact with them is easier than ever.
Smart Phone Apps
Now a day’s our mobile phones are able to do so much for us and making contact with loved ones is something that you can do easily. Apps like Whatsapp are great ways of being able to message loved ones without worrying about the cost. Gone are the days of having to pay to send picture messages you can now do it for free via apps (subject to data charges).
Whatsapp and other messaging apps even let you set up group conversations so you can message the whole family at once. You’re even able to send photos and videos this way. Giving people a snapshot into your Christmas day and sharing your loved ones special moments can help the whole family feel much closer.
Social media is fantastic for helping us to feel closer to our loved ones. Thanks to the likes of Twitter and Facebook we’re now able to keep up to date with what everyone is doing. It might not be the same as being in the same room as them but it is most definitely the next best thing.
Video Calling via Your Computer
If seeing videos, photos and status updates aren’t enough then you could set up a video call with your loved ones. Skype and even Facebook message allow you to do this quite easily from your computer. It is recommended that you test it a few days before so that you know it works. After all the last thing you want is to spend your Christmas day stressing out over connections not working.
In order to get it to work you will both need to download the right version of software for your setup. So for example you might need to download Skype for Mac or something similar. Generally one to one video calling is free of charge and setting up an account is easy enough. You’ll need to have their username and add them to your contact list.
The good news is that once you have set all of this up it is easy to use again and again. This gives you the perfect excuse to keep in touch with your friends and family throughout the rest of the year. Whether it’s someone’s birthday, the school holidays or just time for a catch up you can use video calling on your computer to keep in touch. Social media and messaging apps on your phone give you the chance to keep in touch with people much more often too!