They say absence makes the heart grow fonder however; the bouts of homesickness can be overwhelming when we choose to travel. The longer you’re away, the more difficult it is to stay connected with others. Technology has eased inter-continental communication through face-time calls and chats although it is still not the same as face to face communication. Leaving loved ones behind makes travel difficult. We understand the hassles you face when you travel and we give you a few tips to help you cope:
Value your time: Spend some quality time with your loved ones before you travel. Spend time with them whilst doing fun activities. The moments will create valuable memories which you will savor during your travel.
Connection time: Our lives have routines and patterns. When at home we schedule time to spend with family and loved ones. As you travel, try to schedule an hour or so to call or face-time your family and friends. The time should be appropriate for everyone. If all parties stick to the schedule then connecting is relatively easy.
Embrace Technology: Advances in technology make it easier to keep in touch with family and friends. WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype, Telegram, Imo and many more make it easy to have calls where we can even see each other on screen. Sharing of pictures, videos and texts is fast and instant.
Utilize your frequent flier miles: take advantage of your accumulated flier miles and fly home to see your loved ones.
Create a Mailing list: Make a list of your friends and family to contact to avoid forgetting. You can send mass emails and personalize each one or send a message once in a few days to everyone to ensure no one is left out.
Communicate your plans: when travelling communicate your itinerary or plans with loved ones in order to allow them to feel connected to you. Take pictures especially of the picturesque destinations and share with them to make them feel like part of your travel team.
Finding and maintaining work-life balance is a hard task however a balance can be achieved. What tips and tricks work for you when you are on the road?