We are fortunate to live in an age where traveling is easier and more affordable than it has ever been before.
It is still only just over a century ago, before the advent of aviation, that to travel from Britain to India, the USA to Australia, or Kenya to Japan would have taken several weeks on a long boat trip. Today we can do all those journeys within a day and for the sort of prices that allow more and more people to explore the world.
It is not just cheaper and faster forms of transport that have made this possible, but the evolution of a whole range of new technological solutions, from the internet to smartphones, to the huge range of software which these days caters to our every whim.
Thanks to this, traveling has never been so comfortable and convenient. No matter where you are in the world, you can still stay connected with friends and family, keep in touch with news and entertainment from back home, and for a growing number of jobs, you can even keep working as well.
And this is something I know for a fact. I am an American citizen born and raised but am currently living in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. My Hungarian is not great and I have not really developed a taste for goulash (although the beer here is pretty good) so staying connected with home has been really important for me both personally and professionally.
And in this article, I am going to give you my top tips on how to Keep Your Digital Home Comforts When Traveling. Whether you are traveling for work, living abroad, or just on an extended holiday, I am going to try and address some of the questions you want to know the answer to. How do I stay in touch with family and friends? How to watch Netflix in Europe? How to work remotely whilst living abroad.
If you want to know the answer to all of these and more, keep on reading:
Stay in touch with family & friends:
Thanks to the widespread, and often free, availability of video calls, it has never been easier to stay in touch with your loved ones while abroad.
Gone are the days when you had to write a letter which could take weeks or months to arrive. Today you can use your smartphone to video call anywhere in the world for free using apps such as Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime, or one of the many other VOIP calling programs on the market.
If you prefer a regular telephone call, you can do that for free too using the same apps, while letter-writing has bene overtaken by emails, and more recently instant messaging.
With instant messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Line, you can send short (or not so short) written messages that arrive immediately, meaning a text conversation can be had with someone on the other side of the world.
And then, of course, there is social media, of which instant messaging is often just one of many features. With social media like Facebook and Twitter, you can see what friends and family are doing and interact with them about it. It is most likely that you communicate with many of them through this medium at home. And it works just the same, no matter where in the world you are.
So if you are worried about traveling or living abroad and missing friends and family, you don’t have to. You will probably communicate with them more from there than you do at home!
Keeping up with your favorite shows / movies / sports:
This little home comfort is not quite so simple to do. Sure, plenty of TV shows, movies, and sports sell their rights across the world, and if you are lucky you might find yourself somewhere where you favorite is on.
But what should you do if you don’t? And what should you do if your show is on, but dubbed into Indonesian or Hungarian? And what if you like to dip into a streaming service like Netflix and try something new out from time to time?
Pretty much all of the US-based websites which stream shows, or make them available to download, will be geo-restricted. This means that they can only be accessed by people within the USA. But there is a way out of this, and it’s called a VPN.
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and is a tool which hides your identity online. This simple tool provides a simple solution to the problem of how to watch Netflix in Europe, or indeed anywhere else. It does this by sending all your internet traffic down an encrypted pathway to an external server before it moves on to your chosen site.
Because the first part of your connection is encrypted, the sites you visit can only see the IP Address of the external server. This is the piece of information which tells the site where you are. So if that server is in the USA, the site will think you are too, even if you are not. If you log onto Netflix via a VPN, you will be able to watch it, no matter where you are.
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Keeping up with work overseas:
Remote working is becoming more and more popular, and one of the big draws is that it allow people to work from wherever they are.
This has spawned a whole generation of digital nomads, people who work online as website designers, writers, English teachers, and various other things. Not every job suits the digital nomad lifestyle, but thanks to the explosion in software tailored to suit the needs of the remote worker, more and more can be done.
Need to stay in touch with the office? Use the instant messaging services we have mentioned above, or a more professional option, such as Slack. Need to manage your workload, or oversee the workload of others? There are plenty of services such as Trello which can let you do that online.
These days no matter what your business need is, there is likely to be an app or piece of software that lets you do it from anywhere, and that means when you clock off, you can go and explore the world which is literally right on your doorstep.