Jan 13, 2021 09:28 PM EST
How to Stay Connected to Your Family When Traveling for College
Traveling for your education is an incredible experience. It's an opportunity to discover some important things about yourself, while simultaneously exploring new places and cultures. You might even find that you get better opportunities for things like apprenticeships and job opportunities when you travel. The biggest problem is making sure that you still feel connected to your family on the go. If you're learning in a distant country, then you may have to move away from all the people and things that you know. That can be a difficult thing for many people who want to make sure that they still feel connected to their loved ones back home. Here are some quick tips on how to stay connected while you travel.
Send Something Special
The digital world makes it much easier to send something to your loved ones wherever you are. This means that you can avoid missing out on special occasions like birthday's and Mother's Day just because you're in a different part of the world. Companies like BloomsyBox allow customers to send beautiful subscription flowers to the door of your loved ones back home. The subscriptions are all for sustainably sourced flowers too. Sending something to your loved ones every so often is a great way to put a smile on their face, without having to worry about the amount of time it takes to send a postcard.
Find Time to Communicate
When you're busy learning and pursuing your dreams in a different country, it's easy to let time with family suddenly fall off your schedule. To ensure that you don't end up feeling alone or isolated, consider arranging a weekly time and day with your loved ones where you get in touch over chat, WhatsApp, or even just a phone call. These days, it's much easier and cheaper to have video conferencing calls than it once was, so you can connect with the people you care about face-to-face, almost as if you were in person. You can even play games and unwind together from a distance. Although it's not exactly the same as being together, it helps to stop you from feeling as lonely.
Keep Mementos with You
Don't be surprised if traveling around the world leads to the occasional day when you feel lost or homesick. Even if you're just studying in one location that's far away, it's easy to feel isolated if you're not careful. As much as you should be focusing on making new friends and connections whenever you can, don't be afraid to keep mementos from home nearby too. A picture of your family that you keep on your phone or by your bed at all times can give you a sense of comfort regardless of where you are. You could even think about taking a blanket or a soft toy with you on your travels. In the same way, you can send pictures and reminders of you to your family, so they can keep you close while you're out pursuing your education.
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