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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 Comments
  • Bim
    November 2, 2019

    I was thinking about this recently. then I saw your post on Black British Bloggers – Talk about timely! While whatsapp is my best friend, I haven’t tried revisit friends I made while traveling.

    • Adebola - MyBreakingViews
      November 3, 2019

      Heyyy Bim,

      Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post! Yes whatsapp is probs not always the best tool! But I would defo encourage you to meet up while travelling!

  • Agnes
    June 6, 2020

    Love this, especially the idea of reunited abroad, something every traveler can get behind! We make promises when we meet friends abroad, then get too busy in our lives at home to follow through with those promises to keep in touch. It’s so much easier today, yet we’re so distracted.

    • Adebola - MyBreakingViews
      June 7, 2020

      Hi Agnes,

      Thank you for taking the time to have a read. I totally agree that’s why it’s so important to keep in touch if possible.

      Thanks again,

      Adebola

  • Bowie Holiday
    June 16, 2020

    Love this post, adebola!

    • Adebola - MyBreakingViews
      June 27, 2020

      Thank you sooo much for having a read!