In this installment of our Travel Tips Series, we’re discussing how to stay connected while on the road.
Are you Dealing with Non-Tech Savvy Parents?
Skype is the preferred tool of savvy travelers visiting or living abroad. For a free service, it offers unparalleled quality and value. However, it has one drawback. It’s a poor option for travelers with parents who are technologically challenged. Until recently, my parents didn’t know the difference between a website and an Internet browser. In fact, when I was living abroad, my parent were sharing the same computer on which they each had their own account that they referred to as their “site”. So, you can imagine the conversations that could have followed if I had tried to walk them through downloading and setting up Skype. Forget about actually using the program!
Enter Skype Number
To get around this dilemma, I purchased a local Skype phone number, local to their area, which they could call from their home phone. Calls were routed to Skype on my computer, or whichever device I was using. This little hair-saver cost only $60 per year. So, they could reach me when I was at home. Or, if I wanted to chat with them, I would use my own credit to call out, costing no more than $0.02 per minute to a landline in the U.S. Then, they would call me back on my Skype number, which was free on a per minute basis. This also turned out to be a great way to stay in touch with friends while living abroad.