How to Stay in Touch on Your Travels

November 2, 2016 by Flight Centre UK

We’ve come a long way since messages in bottles. These days there are loads of ways to make staying in touch with friends and family a breeze…

Send a message in a bottle

Send a message in a bottle

Picture perfect

Royal Mail launched its Swapshots app this year, so now you can turn photographs on your phone
into postcards. Aiming to arrive at their destination within three days, they beat a traditional postcard hands down.
Free to download and 85p to send, iOS and Android

Ask your Travel Expert

“One of my customers was travelling to Australia alone and felt a little nervous. She doesn’t have email, so I arranged that she could contact me via any Flight Centre store over there. We swapped several messages during the trip, at a different store each time.” Gavin Sutton, Flight Centre Chelmsford 

Find your hotspot

Save unexpected costs by accessing Wi-Fi while abroad. The world’s largest Wi-Fi database, WifiMapper seeks out where you can connect for free at one of two million recommended hotspots.
Free, iOS and Android

Keep on top of your phone bill

The Feel At Home service from Three allows customers to access up to 12GB, 3,000 minutes and 5,000 texts abroad a month in 19 countries. Vodafone’s WorldTraveller bolt-on lets you pay £5 per day for 25MB and your normal texts and calls in the WorldTraveller Zone.

Watch your phone bill

Watch your phone bill

Message in a bottle

In the 16th century, they were so common that the Queen had an ‘Uncorker of Ocean Bottles’. In WWI Private Thomas Hughes tossed a ginger beer bottle containing a letter to his wife into the Channel. He was killed two days later, but the message was found in 1999 and delivered to his 86-year-old daughter in New Zealand. And in 1956 Swede Ake Viking sent a message “To Someone Beautiful and Far Away”. It was found by a woman named Paolina in Sicily; they married two years later.

Social calling

WhatsApp and Facebook introduced their in-app call functions earlier this year. You can now make calls for free if connected to Wi-Fi.

Free, iOS and Android

Go local

In some cases it might pay to buy a local pay-as-you-go SIM card, especially if you’re taking a long trip and plan to use your phone to make calls in the country you are visiting.

Track your Journey

Apps like LiveTrekker map your Journey and let you upload pictures, comments and share your progress.

Free, iOS and Android

Tag us with #openmyworld in your Instagram photos

Tag us with #openmyworld in your Instagram photos

Share your snaps with #openmyworld

At Flight Centre, we love seeing your holiday photos and passing them on to inspire others to travel. To share your photos with us, post on Instagram using #openmyworld and we’ll regram our favourites at @flightcentreuk.

Break down barriers

New York City start-up Waverly Labs is about to release the world’s first earpiece that translates between users speaking different languages. Until then there’s Duolingo, on hand to help you learn European languages speedily, and for free.

Free, iOS and Android


Make an appointment with one of our Travel Experts today to arrange your next tailor-made holiday.


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