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 How To Keep In Contact with Your International Friends & Family Around The World

It seems like more and more people are doing study exchanges, moving abroad, and travelling nowadays. This is great! I LOVE people going and seeing the world. In travelling, moving abroad people can make lifetime international friends around the globe.

I LOVE people going and seeing the world

If you’re like me and have friends or even family that live abroad. Then I’m sure you know that it can be hard to keep in contact with all of them. So, I’ve shared some tips on how to stay in touch with your international friends.

I have been doing this for more than six years now so I would say I have done pretty well. Follow these, and you will be absolutely beautiful!

Make Good use of Social Media

I have all my international friends and family on all my socials, this includes Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and whatever else there is! Use these tools to your own advantage.

They are relatively easy to use and free (as long as you have internet). It can also be used at any time of the day, month and year. I like to watch my friends and families stories. It sparks up conversation, rather than the long-winded how are you and hi conversations.

Treat WhatsApp Like Your Best Friend

Use WhatsApp to make calls and message of course! Why I like this app is because you can send voice notes, which can make someone feel like they are right next to you. The app is pretty much free as long as you have internet! The time difference might be a significant pain in the neck – so I would suggest making time for your friends or family. Book in a time when you can speak. Or message them they will get it when they wake up.

If you’re like me, you sleep with your phone in your hand (literally) so are always awake to speak to your loved one.

Arrange to meet in a different country

The other two are being pretty obvious things to do, but this is the best tool I can give you. I have been meeting one of my international friends every year since my study exchange in Singapore. That was in 2013. We have met in several countries around the world, which has been amazing to catch up. Read – 8 Things To Know Before Studying Abroad.

Pay them a visit

Me in New York I visited my friend Ivy

Why not head over and pay them a visit? I love having international friends because it means I have several countries to visit and get this – accommodation is free! I recently went to New York and was able to stay with my friend that now lives in Manhattan! I’m also lucky to have family that live in Nigeria and a Dad that lives in the states. Free accommodation!

Send Christmas Cards or Postcards

I only started this last year, and it seemed to work out really well. It can be quite expensive, but if you can send them why not? I live in the UK (London), so I sent Christmas cards that had a London Theme. It’s an excellent small token gift for your loved ones.

Do you have international friends? How do you keep in contact with them?

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6 Fantastic Reasons on Why You Should Stay In A Hostel

If you can stay in a hostel, please do.

Sometimes staying in a hostel can be quite daunting, especially when you have never stayed in one before. When I was a study exchange student, staying in hostels was the only way I was able to travel so many countries while living in Singapore – Read post How Did I Travel to 15 countries in just 7 months??

For several people, I know I may not be able to change their mind about hostels, but for those that might be considering it, please find out why I believe you should stay in a hostel at least once in your life! Staying in a hostel is a great option if you are a solo traveller trying to save money! Don’t have a sugar daddy!

Hostels don’t have to be nasty. I’ve stayed in hostels that are just as good as the hotels, only cheaper.

Staying in a hostel is great if you are a solo traveller trying to save money!

I will admit though, now that I am no longer a student and earn more I can make the executive decision and stay in Hotels, but that doesn’t mean I would completely rule out a nice Hostel. By nice I mean my own room, own shower, a place by the beach and breakfast etc.

6 Fantastic Reasons on Why You Should Stay In A Hostel Once

1. They are way cheaper than Hotels

The most I have paid for a hostel for a night is £28 a night in a bunk bedroom in Australia. I mean £28 pounds a night in Australia is a HUGE!

This hostel wasn’t the nicest I’ve stayed in but was very reasonable for a student travelling South East Asia. Hostels can be very cheap, cheaper than hotels and sometimes even better! I wish I could give you all the access to inexpensive hostels, but I’m afraid it is about doing your research.

There is no one set price for hostels, rates are dependent on the country, season, the type of room you have chosen (shared mixed dorms will be of course the cheapest) or the number of people you’re travelling with. The average hostel cost can range from £2.50-£30 a night, and if you’re going on a budget, then you will definitely do good to stay in a hostel.


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2. Some Hostels are better than Hotels

Depending on where you are staying in the world. You could actually stay in a hostel which may even feel and look like a Hotel. I have stayed in hostels in Thailand right by the beach with just myself and a couple of friends. The food was great, the view was excellent, and I really enjoyed myself.

3. The stories you will tell

I don’t feel like a blog post is long enough to tell you all the stories I have staying in hostels. I recall staying a really nice place called Siem Reap Rooms in Cambodia and having a shower before going to see the sunrise at the Angkor Wat. My friends and I couldn’t quite work out what or where the noise came from, but we swore we heard a duck in the bathroom.

This hostel was 47 dollars for two nights between 3 people. This would have been £38.09!

You will have lots of interesting stories to tell people.

4. Gives you a chance to meet new people

I enjoy hostels because it’s so much easier to meet people in hostels (whether you stay in a private room or a shared dorm). The hostels usually offer a variety of activities, creating a more friendly environment, where you can make friends, especially if you are a solo traveller.

5. They are just as safe as regular hotels

I think wherever you go, you are safe. Of course, there will always be external factors, but those you can’t help.

What you can help is your own internal safety. Honestly, staying in a hostel is as safe as staying in a hotel or Airbnb. Most of the hostels I have been to have secure storage lockers, security guards and 24 hours receptionist. Read the reviews and make sure you don’t leave your belongings just anywhere!

6. They can be nice – really nice!

I have been to some fantastic hostels, and I have been to some real sh*t hostels. You sometimes have to be optimistic. I remember recently staying in a hostel in LA, which has a rooftop bar/pool. I enjoyed my time just chilling and sipping on a few cocktails.

What about you have you ever stayed in a hostel. Which ones? Do you have any tips to share?

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Food Photos That Will Inspire You To Travel The World

If you know me well, you will know that I am always searching for a good meal. I love sweets, snacks and anything that involves me eating. After my travels, I would say that food is my next best activity.

Along my travels, I have tried all types of food and would have to so far say that Asian food is my best cuisine. Food should always be an enjoyable part of your travels. Trying out new dishes can be a hit or miss.

I thought I should open my blog to discover new foods! I have spilt around 6 different regions. Asia, Africa, South America, North America, Europe and the Caribbean. See below some food pictures and let me know what your favourite cuisine is and why.

1. Asia

Singapore
Chilli Crapb
Stingray and Fried Rice

2. Africa

Egusi and Pounded Yam

3. North America

New York – Hot Pot
Iceland

4. Europe

London

5. South America

Yet To Travel and Eat

6. Caribbean

Yet To Travel and Eat

I will be updating this post as I experience new countries and new foods! What is your favourite cuisine?

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