How to Live Abroad and Still Keep Up To Date With Family and Friends. Four Things You Can Do To Make it Easier
My husband and I have been living six months away from family and friends for two years now and we are getting ready to live further away very soon. I’m very close to my family and I wondered how it would be, being so far away from them. Thank goodness for the Internet and being able to see them on video.
Do I miss seeing them in person of course I do, but being able to see them on video is what helps the most. People can text and call but seeing people’s faces sure helps a lot. When we celebrate holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving, we Zoom with family back home. While they are opening presents back home in Canada we are participating over the lens of a laptop. This past year has been easier as no one was getting together for these holidays due to Covid-19 and strict guidelines from the Ontario Canada governments. Knowing this was easier to adjust to not seeing them on these special occasions.
In the past family would fly down and spend time with us, but with Covid-19, this has been a year that they are unable to do so with government restrictions. With our new plans we will be heading further south and we hope that the restrictions are lifted in the next year so that we can show our family and friends our new country once we get down there.
The hardest part for us is when big things are happening in their lives and we are unable to share with them in person, but as I said even if we had been in Canada we wouldn’t have been able anyways due to regulations.
On a more serious topic, when someone passes away. It’s hard to console or be with family or friends when this happens. It is the one downfall to living abroad. We have said that if it’s immediate family then we will fly home to be with family. These decisions are hard to make but these are decisions that everyone who lives abroad makes. It is obviously a topic that people hate to discuss but these are life events and they happen and we have to be prepared for those situations when the time arises.
Here are the four things to make it easier to live abroad away from family and friends.
!. Use the internet to video chat and make calls so as to not have a huge phone bill. There is WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Zoom, Skype and other applications to keep in touch.
2. Doing videos or blogs that friends and family can read or keep up to date, with what’s happening in your life, so that they don’t feel so left out of your life while you live so far away.
Make a Facebook Page that friends and family can follow, so that you are not always repeating yourself to everyone.
3. When it comes to family or friends who may fall ill or pass away. Keep a buffer in the bank so that you are able to fly home if you need to. This is hard as most people do not have the money to do this but if you are able this is a great way to not feel so stressed if these issues arise.
4. Start a YouTube channel, of your travels it allows people to see how you’re living in your new country. This is a popular method within the Nomad ( someone who lives abroad and works from a different country’) and the Expat community (someone who has left their home country) these travel Vlogs are popping up in the YouTube community. This is actually how we made our decision to become Ecuadorians by watching videos from other Expat’s.
It is not always easy living abroad away from loved ones but once you figure out what the best method is for you, it can be an amazing experience for yourselves and others. If you’re not able to travel or live abroad due to your own lifestyles, it can be an amazing way to live through others who are able to do that and share life experiences with you.
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