While you’re off adventuring, it’s important to keep in contact with loved ones back home. You want to assure them that you’re safe and having a good time. But, more importantly, you want to make them as jealous as possible. To accomplish this in the best way, consider how your contact method conveys your epic journey.
With so many options for free communication available, snail mail is for the overachiever and the romantic. Writing a personal note or postcard will send a special message to the recipient, but it does lack an important facet of travel communication, creating instant jealousy. By the time someone receives your note, the amazing things you were doing are well into the past. Save that affect for when you return.
Phone calls have much of the nostalgia and romance of snail mail, but with the added bonus of instant gratification. And despite any advances in technology, it’s still incredible to talk with someone over the phone. The downside is that regular phone calls, made from kiosks and calling centers, are fairly expensive. To save some dough for happy hour, go for an online calling service like Skype or Google Voice Chat.
E-mail is the bread and butter of the modern travel communication. You can send long messages to a select group of people with minimum fuss. More importantly, you don’t have to actually talk to any of those people. Keys to making your e-mails more exciting are common spelling errors (because foreign keyboards are often zany) and extremely short statements (because you should constantly be running out of time in your internet cafe).
Facebook is an impressive tool because you can post pictures along with your jealousy inducing messages. Don’t just tell people that you went bungee jumping off the Eiffel Tower, post a video of it happening. Whatever message you do post, keep it short and cryptic to keep people guessing. Something like, “Amsterdam. 2 am. Kitten happy hour.”
You want to people to know what you’re doing in real time, so that they can directly compare it to the lame home-front activities they are stuck dealing with. While you tweet “Grabbing a frosty brew with some new monk friends in Belgium”, your friends will be scrubbing melted cheese off a spatula.
Flickr, Blog, or other Ways of Photo Sharing
Create a blog around your travels and you’re bound to have a few unexpected fans
stalk follow your steps. To ensure that they are taunted with dreams of foreign lands, snap a couple black and white photos next to touristy landmarks, drinking foreign beers with your new friends, and maybe even the currency in your cashsafe.