I would like to start this article by giving credit where credit is due. I have an incredible network of people behind me. I could never put into words what the amazing humans in my life mean to me. From my parents and family to my girlfriends who are my soulmates, I have an an unbelievable pool of people who inspire me, push me, challenge me, call me out on my shiznit, and encourage me in the direction of my dreams. For them, I am immensely grateful.

While I am beyond thankful for this core group of people, when life starts to pick up speed and I am on the go a lot, it is hard to stay connected with everyone. It becomes easy to miss birthdays or big announcements or important moments happening in my friend’s lives. I am extremely lucky to have gracious people around me who understand my lifestyle choice and offer me support and understanding, but it is also important to me to not let those relationships loose their connection every time I am abroad.

I was asked recently in an interview: "What is one of the biggest struggles with a life on-the-go?" My answer was: "maintaining relationships." With spotty wifi, no cell reception, and traveling to countries with internet or social media bans, it can be quite a challenge to stay in touch! Time change alone can put you a dozen hours behind announcements or text notifications. I came to realize that I had to make a conscious effort to stay present in everyone's lives and find alternate ways to communicate. I have learned a few tips and tricks along the way for staying connected while on-the-go! Read More Below:

Tips for staying connecting with others while on-the-go:

1. Snail mail is always the right decision.

Snail mail is a love language for me. I'm obsessed with little notes and post cards. I love snail mail because it requires work and forethought, and it is tangible. It isn’t coming through a digital screen. You can touch it and feel it. I like to keep notes people have written me and little trinkets of memories and many other people do the same. But, how do you keep a Facebook message? You don’t! Personally, those digital forms of communication lose a bit of intimacy to me. Send something special that they can hold on to and store in a box to reference years later when they need it. Go the extra mile and send a card. It makes everything more special.

In general, it can be pricey to mail internationally. Do research ahead of time. Certain wonders of the world do special mailing that is worth the dollars. For example, in Machu Pichu (Aguas Clients) they personally ink stamp the mail for you. The stamp is personalized and made on the spot and inked onto your postcard. Another fact that surprised me is that the Eiffel Tower has a post office simple mail drop on the ground level. You can send mail stamped from the Eiffel Tower. If you want a cute souvenir idea, mail yourself a postcard every time you visit somewhere. It is a neat collection to keep!

2. Ship a gift online from anywhere.

Not all websites work in every country, but Amazon is pretty universal other than in China. It is the best way to stay on top of your correspondence. You can mail anything from anywhere. I have definitely used Amazon to ship in the States while I am in the middle of nowhere wishing Amazon could ship me some clean clothes.

Aside from Amazon, there are so many great companies online these days that offer unique gifts like Birchbox or Book of the Month. If your friend is having a bad day, ship them a little something to brighten their mood. If you have to miss a big event like a wedding rehearsal, 30th birthday, or business launching announcement make sure to send creative snail mail. Think outside of the box.

3. Put reminders in your phone.

Not looking to send something physical, just wanting to send a birthday message? Set reminders in your phone's calendar. I jusssst started doing this. Wifi is a very tricky situation. With spotty wifi, you can’t rely on reminders like Facebook because you will not always have access to those notifications and you will be sending more "belated birthday" wishes. Set reminders on your phone! No matter your service or wifi connection, your phone will light up with the calendar reminder and you will be right on time!

4. Write emails and schedule them out.

I love email. Aside from snail mail, it is my preferred method of communication. It isn't instant. It requires time and affords you the space to really write a good response. If you can't send a card or a gift, write a nice email message and schedule it out in advance to make sure it lands in your friend's inbox on that special day! Scheduling email is awesome because no matter where you are in the world, that email will still go out right on time. It is all dependent on your email providers servers and not your geographical location or internet access.

5. Missing a birthday, make a video.

Send digital mail in the form of videos! Any time anyone takes time to make you something, even as simple as a video, it goes a long way. If your wifi connection is good, then send a short video clip. It will make up for your absence from the festivities. There are lots of funny apps like snapchat with filters now that can add a bit of humor to the video to brighten someone's day. Or, of course, you can live video chat with someone using Whats App of FaceTime which will likely make your friend's day!

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