Tips for Living in a Different Time Zone from Loved Ones

family conversation on a free PC software

There’s probably no one earth who wouldn’t agree that family is everything. Sharing blood, sharing history, sharing memories. Having loved ones close by can be one of the most wonderful experiences any family can have though the years.

But just because some cherished ones happen to be far away doesn’t mean you can keep close bonds and stay in regular contact. Here are a few tips about how to keep even far away relatives close in your lives and your hearts.


Until recently, telephone rates for calling faraway states and foreign countries were astronomical. You had one phone company for your local calls and you had to choose another for your long-distance calls.

One key component in reducing these rates is the Internet and Vonage. For one monthly fee, you can call your grandmother India and your cousins in Budapest as much as you like.

You do, of course, have to keep time differences in mind so as not to disturb those close to you but that’s a small price to pay for the fabulous rates and freedom to reach out and hear the voices of your loved ones.

cro talking on the phone

According to, “The Vonage VoIP service requires High-Speed Internet, a touch-tone phone set and a quick setup Vonage box adapter.

The adapter box is sold by Vonage when you sign up for service, and the setup instructions to get started are simple for anyone.

Just plug in the Vonage box to your Internet modem and plug in your phone cord into the adapter box and you should be ready to make phone calls to mobile, landline, and other Vonage phone numbers.


Email is without question the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to staying in touch with family and friends.

You can reach out to someone detailing your thoughts and happenings and they can read it when it’s convenient for them. Then, on top of that, they can respond with a return email in your mailbox in just seconds.

Perhaps the only downside of email is that it lacks some personalization though many people are so adept at writing emails that they manage to inject that feeling of closeness we all love. Photo attachments also add to the intimacy of emails.


Skype on the Playa

According to Wikipedia, The Skype service allows users to communicate with peers by voice using a microphone, video by using a webcam, and instant messaging over the Internet.

Phone calls may be placed to recipients on the traditional telephone networks. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones are charged via debt-based user account system.

The bottom line is that Skype allows you to video conference with your loved ones provided they have the necessary computer technology.

Snail Mail

While the U.S. Post Office is eliminating Saturday service, the price of a letter or a package–perhaps containing videos or other special memento’s–is still quite a bargain.

Begun in the 1700s by Benjamin Franklin you’ve got to give credit where credit is due and credit is due for carrying a small envelope across the country or even across the world without mishap.

Banyan Tree Resort, Mahe Island, Seychelles

Neither rain, nor snow, no hail, no dark of night might be the motto of the U.S. Post Office, but if you think about it can be true for all the fine methods of communication we’ve discussed here.

Whether you live in Seychelles or Greenland, there’s surely at least one method of communication to keep your loved ones close.

Amy Nielson is an avid blogger who writes often for travel sites. You can follow her on Twitter @NielsonAmy.


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