Being so far away from family in the States (and even Nick’s parents in Spain – although that’s not SO far, it’s still far enough!), it’s great to be able to keep in touch via email and Skype. So much easier and quicker to keep in touch than snail mail or even the telephone. With Skype you can see each other! And with email, you can send photos and videos. It’s really important, especially if you have children, to make the effort and to stay in touch.

Here are a few tools you can use:


Dropbox. File sharing – share photos and videos. Quick and free.


Facetime. You have to be an Apple user to use this, but if you have an iPad, iPhone or Mac, then you’re good. I even Facetime Nick during the day if I need to ask him or show him something and he does the same with me. But you can also use it with people who do not live in the same country!


Facebook. This is a super way to show people what you’re up to. Post photos, updates, links and send messages or chat online via Facebook. It’s also a great way to re-connect with people you haven’t been in touch with for a while. It’s quick, easy and free. It’s also a great way to see what your friends and family members get up to on a daily basis or what they’re doing to celebrate special occasions and milestones.


Vimeo. Upload your videos and create web ready videos to share with your family. Post them to FB/Twitter or email them.

More tips from expat experts such as The American Resident and YourExpatChild on the Robinsons blog. (I’m on there too!)

If you have any tips for good tools to use for keeping in touch, please post on my blog. I’d love to learn about something new.