How to Stay in Touch with Family and Friends after You Move Overseas

By Jessica Socheski, 28 August, 2014

Whether you will be moving away for a month or for ten years, you know that you are going to miss your family and friends that you are leaving behind. It is a struggle that everyone living abroad goes through. However, there are a lot of things that you can do to make the transition easier. It is easy enough to make efforts to maintain your relationships even if you are on different continents.

Staying in touch with family and friends is a two way street. You will need to put in a lot of effort, but they will need to put in just as much effort in order to maintain the relationship. You need to show how much you care about maintaining contact, so that your friends and family members will know how much you care and want to do the same for you. Here are some ways that you can easily stay in touch with family and friends after you move overseas.

Plan times to talk

If you make definite plans to talk with family and friends, you will be more likely to do it regularly. Set up weekly dates with family and friends that you can maintain the entire time that you are apart. This can be over the phone, video call, social media messaging or any other service that you prefer to use. The important thing is to stay consistent so that you can always count on your date with your family member or friend.

Share your new adventures through a blog

If you are unable to talk with each family member and friend about all your new adventures and experiences, you can share them using a blog. Write each day about the new things that you experience so that all your friends and family can read about it without you physically talking with each one. This is a great way to share your experiences and let everyone be a part of what you are doing each day overseas.

Send care packages

When you can’t be there in person to give your family and friends gifts, you can still send them. Arrange packages with all your friends and families favorite things, or maybe new things that you got to try overseas that you want them to experience as well. This is a great ways to let them know that you are thinking about them. You can send gift baskets to Japan or any country that you need too, in order to show your love and support.

Don’t forget to make time for yourself

Sometimes you will not be able to talk with family and friends for any number of reasons. You can let this get you down, but you need to remember the opportunities that you have in front of you. You chose to move abroad for a reason, so you should make the most of every second that you are there. Get out and enjoy your time abroad as much as possible.

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