Leaving home and going on holiday can often mean leaving your social life behind for a couple of weeks, or longer in some cases. Missing out on the juicy gossip or nights out whilst relaxing on the beach or exploring a new place can be too much for some, with FOMO (fear of missing out) often spoiling what should be a time for relaxation. With an incredible 12 million of us going on holiday abroad last year, it’s no surprise that there a lot of people who want to stay up to date with what’s happening in their social circle.
The technology that will keep you in the loop
Fortunately, heading halfway across the world (or across to Spain) doesn’t mean you have to drop out of the loop, with incredible new mobile technologies helping users to keep in touch with friends and family back home. As well as phones and tablets loaded with plenty of software to keep us informed, there are some great apps out there to help maintain connectivity.
There are the traditional ways of staying in the loop, such as calling friends or sending a quick email, but who does that anymore? Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook are the weapons of choice for socializing now, with beach photos, hilarious dancing videos and amusing Boomerangs of our other halves falling into the pool now the preferred way of showing our friends exactly what we’re up to on holiday. Just try not to inadvertently play ‘hot dogs or legs’ when uploading to Instagram.
Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger are the other vital tools for keeping on top of social goings-on at home, with group chats a hotbed for updates from work (or the pub) making the sun lounger a bit more homely. If you’re wanting to maintain a ‘professional’ level of work socializing, however, then look no further than LinkedIn. You won’t find many hilarious 1 am selfies, but you’ll be able to see what your work colleagues have been getting on with (or not getting on with) as you get some R&R.
If you’re one of the millions of bingo fans in the UK, you also don’t need to worry about missing out on the gossip while catching some rays and drinking the local cocktail of choice. Wink Bingo is the ideal way to play bingo online without losing the social element, thanks to the superb online community that includes forums and in-game chat to make those mobile games seem a bit more realistic. You can also add your friends from the ‘real world’, so you can gloat at the big wins!
Holidaymakers in the EU don’t need to worry about using their phones abroad either, with new rules now in place that allows phone users to access the internet, make calls and send text messages under the same plan that they have back at home. This mixed with an abundance of Wi-Fi in even the most remote destinations means that those all-important threads can be followed and jealousy-inducing holiday snaps shared.
Although staying in touch is now super easy, holidaymakers still need to remember that a trip away is the perfect opportunity to actually switch off and spend time with significant others- OK, who are we kidding, let’s have a game of bingo and send another selfie from the pool in our inflatable flamingo…