How to Stay in Touch After your Trip Ends

This post is by David VanArsdale, one of our contributors.

Oh you can picture their face, but you can’t remember their name. How frustrating is that?

If you’re like me, you’ve been in this situation before. It’s one of the many signs that you haven’t kept your word for all of the times you genuinely yelled “Keep in touch!” as you waived goodbye. But staying in contact with people you’ve met abroad can be a challenge – even with the friends who you really connected with. So read these 5 tips and don’t let those amazing travel relationships fade away.

1.    Take home addresses instead of emails. Go old school. Send letters, postcards, knickknack’s, whatever. Mail is still one of the most personal and interesting forms of communication. In my opinion, one thoughtful letter is more valuable than 100 Facebook messages that simply say “Hey, what’s new?” You may have forgotten, but writing someone a letter is actually a fun activity. And who doesn’t like getting mail? It always brightens my day to find something in my mailbox with a foreign stamp on it.

2.    Reality check. Let’s be real. You won’t be keeping in touch with everyone you met while you were out traveling. And I’m sorry to say, that probably includes that one really cute girl (or guy). Stick with the people who you feel had an impact on your travel experience and those who match your efforts to stay in touch. Hopefully you’re at the age where the amount of friends you have on Facebook doesn’t matter as much as who you’re friends with.

3.    Skype call. Once a month. On a set date. Yes, it’s easier said than done, but it can make your life a lot simpler. You’ll spend less time worrying and stressing about emailing or messaging that person, and it gives you a specific day to look forward to every month. Besides the fact that it’s free, using Skype will most likely make you all nostalgic about traveling — which is a good thing.

4.    Email. Facebook. Twitter. Duh. Pick your poison and pick it quickly. Not that there is anything wrong with contacting an old friend after a few months have gone by, but in my experience, it usually gets more and more awkward as time passes. An email is still more personal than a social media message, but commenting on those Facebook pictures where you’re tagged with your fellow nomads is a great way to tell those people you’re thinking about them.

5.    Start planning a reunion — now. Whether it’s with one person or 10 people, reunions are reminders that your friendships are truly still alive. Planning reunions can get complicated and the final arrangements might be a little inconvenient for you, so remember to utilize the skills that traveling has taught you: flexibility, patience, cooperation, and open mindedness.

Reunions can be a surreal experience. It seems like yesterday that you were in Australia sharing delicious kebabs after dancing all night to techno music, and now you’re sitting in an air-conditioned Starbucks in NYC. But that makes your friendship so much more dynamic. Yes it may seem a little anti-climatic compared to your wild, gallivants in a foreign country, but reunions are the best for: stabilizing your friendships, reminiscing, and making those new memories that you’ll reminisce about at the next reunion.

*article and image by David VanArsdale

Like Bohemian Trails on Facebook and Tweet me at @BohemianTrails

Hi! I’m Megan,

a Scorpio sun and Libra moon who left her job in the music industry to travel and write full-time. Since then, i´ve explored more than 60 countries in the hopes that you will, too.

The world is made of magic and so are you!

RECENT POSTS

top reasons to visit Kerala in 2020

Here’s Why I Want to Visit Kerala (and you should, too)!

Every so often, I write about a destination I haven’t been to. As much as I love recounting trips and sharing my experiences here on Bohemian Trails, I also love to dream; dream about people and places I’ve never crossed paths with. That’s the traveler in me, the explorer that believes in the magic of

Read More »

My Favorite Caribbean Islands to Escape to This Winter

Winter is in full swing, which means that there’s still time to plan that weekend getaway. An east-coaster from birth and having lived in New York for seven years, the Caribbean remains my go-to winter destination. In many cases, you’ll find direct flights (or nearly direct) and within a few hours, you are on a

Read More »

Reflections on the Lake: Join us in Guatemala this New Years!

Pack your bags, notepads and Yoga mats. We’re going to Guatemala! I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be co-leading another writing + wellness + wanderlust retreat over New Years! Mark your calendars for December 29-January 3. My co-leader, Heather Suzanne, is not only one of my favorite Yoga teachers I’ve had the pleasure of

Read More »

Want to Work Remote? These 5 Degrees Will Help

Back when I was starting college, I had very different ideas of what my life would become. For years, I planned on being a child psychologist and was pretty content with that. Then something happened; I studied abroad, landed a job in the fashion industry and everything changed. I started to realize that I wanted

Read More »

5 Must-Know Travel Tips for your First Solo Trip Abroad

Traveling solo as a woman is honestly one of the best travel experiences you will ever have. No pressure, right?! I’m an introvert, so taking a solo trip to a familiar destination, or even a new one, is something that suits my travel style. That said, you want to ensure your safety just like you do

Read More »

Instagram

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. More information

Use of cookies

This website is using cookies for improving your experience as a user. If you keep on navigating you are giving your consent to the use of these cookies and our cookies policy. Click on the COOKIES POLICY, the link for more information. You can also check our PRIVACY POLICY.

Close