Can you hear me now?

Jasmine Garcia is a sophomore studying public relations at Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She is currently in Spain for winter quarter. Follow her on Twitter: @JasmineRGarcia

While studying abroad in another country may have you feeling like you are living on another planet, with communication advances you no longer have to rely on snail mail to communicate with friends and family.

Technology such as Skype has been a great way for me to stay in touch with my family back at home. Skype is free and allows you to video call anyone with access to internet and a video camera. Some of my friends purchased the Skype subscription, which allows them to call landlines from their computer.

Social media such as Twitter and Facebook have also been a great way for me to stay in touch with my friends back home as well. These sites allow you to share your thoughts and pictures of your adventures. It’s a great way for my parents to make sure I am still alive plus they are able to see all the cool things I’ve done and seen.

Another way to stay in touch is to write a blog. You are able to document your travels, which makes for a great keepsake, while at the same time people can follow your journey and also make comments.

Happy traveling!

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