By: Sam M
One of the challenges that people face when traveling for business is staying in touch with their families back home. Whether this is easy or difficult depends on factors such as the technology available in the area and one’s work schedule. The following tips can help business travelers stay connected wherever they are.
1. Seek Out Free Wi-Fi
Many airports, restaurants and cafes offer free Wi-Fi. This makes it convenient and cost free to stay in touch using a laptop or other device that’s connected to the internet. During trips when travelers know they won’t always have access to free Wi-Fi, they can be sure to take advantage of it at those points where it is available. This is a feature that can be looked for when booking your accommodation.
2. Video Chat
As long as someone has a device with a webcam, it’s now easy to video chat using various tools. This is more intimate than texting or talking on the phone. A conversation where the other party can be seen and heard is the next best thing to being there in person. Kids in particular will appreciate being able to see and talk to their parents in this manner.
3. Skype and Other VOIP Services
Skype has become one of the cheapest and most convenient ways to stay in touch almost anywhere. All that’s needed is an internet connection. There are other VOIP services as well that offer similar benefits. Depending on what type of device one has, it’s possible to chat online, speak or video chat using these services.
4. Arrange Times to Connect With Family
When one is traveling for business, it can be difficult to find free moments to connect with the family. For this reason, it’s essential to make sure time is arranged for this purpose. Travelers may know, for example, that they will be occupied with meetings and conferences for most of the day and that they will be going to bed early to prepare for the next day’s events. In this case, they could set aside an hour or two in the early evening that will be dedicated to family time on the phone or online.
People traveling for business should make sure they make arrangements to stay connected with with family while traveling. With today’s technology this is not difficult, but it may require some foresight and planning.