Keeping in Touch
For many people the
hardest thing about traveling is being away from family and friends. Luckily, there
are plenty of cost efficient ways of maintaining contact with the important people in your
life while you are away.
Cards | Cell Phones
Cafés I Photo Storage
Travelogue Sites | Free E-Mail Accounts |
Traditional postcards and letters
are a cheap and easy way of keeping in touch, though not as fast some other options.
While it is easy for you to send mail, it takes a bit of preparation for you to receive
it if you are constantly traveling. One solution is to have your family and
friends send your letters "poste restante" to the main post
office of the city you will be staying
in (one very good reason for preparing a detailed itinerary). If you are an
American Express cardholder, their travel
offices (located in most large cities in Europe) will hold your mail (up to 30 days) at no
cost AND will provide you travelers checks for free.
The price of sending packages home depends on a variety of factors.
The largest factor is weight, since most post offices determine price by weight.
If you are sending home books from Europe, then request the "book rate" and you
will be charged significantly less than you will be for standard packages. Book
rate does take longer to get back to your home destination, so if time is
factor, don't choose this option.