Apps can be a great resource and often the cheapest way to communicate with friends abroad and at home. Many people abroad use these apps more than traditional texting or iMessaging. Talk to program alumni and your program for the most common communication apps used in your host country, and try and download them before you leave. Communication apps include (but aren't limited to):
There are tons of efficient and effective ways to use technology while you travel and spend time abroad. Plan for your trip by reading blogs, reviews, and recommendations to figure out what to do, what to eat, and where to go. Here are a few useful resources to help you navigate, communicate, and maximize your time abroad:
We encourage you to be mindful about your social media use and communication with home while you are abroad. While social media can be an effective form of communication and facilitate a sense of connection, overuse can have negative consequences for physical and mental health. Frequent social media use can amplify feelings of homesickness or inadequacy as you compare your experience to others. Remember managing social media use is all about keeping things in perspective, and the more time you spend communicating with people at home, the less time you spend immersing yourself in your host country. Make an effort to spend time in the present and enjoy your experience abroad for what it is.