When you have been traveling for as long as I have it can make you feel totally disconnected from your family back home. No matter how much I love traveling and I’m grateful for the life I live. I always feel a bit sad when I’m missing family events and get-togethers. Sometimes I worry that my family thinks I just don’t care, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
So over the years, I have developed a few simple ways to help me continue to feel connected to my family even though I’m thousands of miles away from home.
1. Send Flowers
Who doesn’t love receiving flowers right? And no, flowers aren’t just for Mom on Mother’s Day. I love sending flowers to my Dad too. Be it a missed birthday celebration, graduation, or just something to cheer up a sick relative, flowers are always a good idea.
Flowers are also probably one of the simplest things that you can send. No matter where you or your family are in the world you can find a delivery service. Need flower delivery Sydney? You got it! Want to send some roses to a hotel in New York City? Not a problem.
Many flower delivery services will also handwrite a personal note for you and some even do extra’s like wine, chocolates, and fruit baskets if you really want to get fancy.
2. Make a Video
Low on funds but rich in time and creativity? Then it’s time to make a fun video my friend! This could simply be a video of your travels dedicated to your loved one. Or if it’s for a special occasion you could request submissions from others and then edit it together.
I’ve been asked to do this many times over the past few years for different reasons. Retirements, birthdays, weddings, you name it. Generally, people ask me to film a short message and then send it to them. They edit it together and either send it to the person directly or upload it on social media for the world to see! Alternatively, it could be screened at a celebration party.
Other ideas could be, you holding written messages on cards in various places, doing a little dance in different places, a montage of your journey with a voice-over message. The ideas are endless.
3. Write Postcards
Remember when you went on vacation and would send postcards back home? Shout out to everyone who remembers vacations before mobile phones and the internet hahaha. I mean even back then the postcards would normally arrive back after you did, which kinda defeated the purpose, but they were still a lot of fun.
These days postcards are a fun way for showing your family and friends back home that you are thinking of them and that you care enough to take the time to find a postcard, write it and then post it. Alternatively, there are also services that you can use to create digital postcards from your photos. You can then print messages on the back and they send them for you. It’s not quite so personal, but it is more practical.
I really hope you enjoyed reading this shortlist of ideas for letting your loved ones know you care when you are traveling long term and it’s given you a bit of inspiration.
Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.