As global travel and migration continues to grow in popularity, keeping in touch with friends and family around the world becomes ever more important. Today, there are a variety of tools to remove the borders and distances that often keep us from our loved ones.
There are more than 2.9 million Canadians living and working abroad — that makes up roughly 9 percent of the Canadian population. In addition to the vast number of Canucks living outside the country, 6.8 million Canadians are foreign born and immigrated.
Needless to say, keeping in touch with family around the world is important to both new Canadians and those living abroad. In the past, pricey long distance plans provided the most convenient and fast ways to communicate. However, there are now a number of inexpensive ways to know what is going on half a world away.
1. Calling cards
Calling cards are a cost-effective alternative to expensive long distance plans and fees. Prepaid calling cards are available in a variety of denominations and offer great per minute rates. They are easy and lightweight to send in the mail to family living overseas and are perfect for travelers who want to avoid roaming charges.
In addition to calling cards, there are also alternative telecom providers, like MTI Magnolia Telecom, that offer highly competitive rates and long distance plans.
2. The Internet
The Internet superhighway hasn’t only hailed the rise of the information age, it has also revolutionized the way we communicate. Voice over Internet (VOIP) technology and video calling has created a fantastic and affordable way for people to communicate, regardless of their location. With more than 3.1 billion users around the world, the Internet is outpacing the telephone as a primary means of communication, especially for those in remote areas.
3. Traditional Mail
Considered a lost art, a written letter is a beautifully traditional way to reach out to friends and family around the world. The original form of overseas communication, the letter has lost some its cultural relevance in today’s hyper digital, email age. With that being said, there is something nostalgic and endearing about receiving a written letter from a dear loved one. Thankfully technology has reduced the amount of time traditional mail takes to travel.