How To Stay In Touch With Home On The Road


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In this day and age, there are so many things that are pulling us away from our homes that it can be easy to lose touch with the places we are most familiar with. Whether you’re on the road for work, setting off on your travels, or just find yourself moving around a lot, there are ways that you can stay connected to the world at home by just using your laptop or other digital devices. So, let’s take a look at some of the options available to you.

Video Chat

One of the hardest things about being away from home is missing your loved ones. Just a decade or two ago that desire to speak face to face with your partner, children, or friends could only be quenched by a phone call or a letter. These days your options appear limitless when it comes to interactive with anyone while looking in their eyes no matter where you both are.  

Video chat applications such as Skype and Facetime have both opened up the world of video-calls for all types of people, where once before it was seemingly reserved for business types. There are other applications from startups such as Tinychat that specialize in group chats so you and your family could gather for dinner no matter where you are in the world. The beauty of applications like these are the fact they are available across all devices so you could be in one part of the world with nothing but your laptop, while a family member takes you around the home on their smartphone.


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Another difficulty if you find yourself on the road more often than not is keeping in touch with your mail, usually the delivery option of choice for bills, healthcare and other important documents. If you are concerned about not being able to access your mail for a long period of time, you might want to consider setting up a physical address. This will allow you to have all of your mail sent to a centralized hub where it will be securely scanned and uploaded to you for access when and where you want it. This innovative use of technology has removed the need for a permanent address for many businesses and can now be used for personal use as well. This is particularly useful for someone who is constantly on the road for work and doesn’t want to come home to piles of letters, especially if some of them are urgent.

Of course, a lot of correspondence is done via email these days and ensuring you have an account with one of the many providers out there is important as well.


We have touched upon the use of apps in the previous two sections, but they need an area all to themselves due to the wide range of available options out there for you. Depending on your needs there is likely to be an application out there for you that will help you keep in touch with your home life. For those of you looking for a way to stay in touch with someone special, there are apps like Couple that allow you to share phone calls, messages, drawings, pictures and a number of other things between just the two of you. Whereas if you’re someone with a big group of friends that are always on the move or a large family then you might prefer something like GroupMe which connects several people in a similar way to Couple. You can have up to 200 people in a single group meaning you shouldn’t ever lose touch with college friends, your siblings or any other makeup of group that you can think of.

Away From Home

So as you can see, being on the road and away from home doesn’t have to be the isolated scenarios they once were. Your options for keeping in touch with your loved ones are greater than they ever have been. We haven’t mentioned every single type of application that you can use to help you, but there are many more like WhatsApp for chatting and Tiny Beans for sharing private images of your little ones.

No matter where you are in the world there is a way to touch base nowadays thanks to technology. It really is one of the great benefits of living in the digital age.


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Biloxi road trip

My daughter, Rhiannon, had a dance competition in Biloxi(“buh-luh-ksee” not “bi-lox-see”) so we turned it into a road trip and stayed in a nearby town the whole weekend.  We even got to take my granddaughter, Kali, with us.  She’d never been to the beach so I thought she’d enjoy it.  The beaches there are beautiful and clean. They aren’t nearly as crowded as the ones in Florida.  The only thing is that since the Mississippi and Pearl Rivers empty into our gulf, the water isn’t a pretty green. It’s not quite as dark as river water, but not clear like the rest of the coast.  I don’t care to get into the water anyway, so I just stay on the beach.

There are many casinos close to the beach. I think at one time they had to be on the water, but after Hurricane Katrina, they are allowed to build them so far from the beach.  I think that’s why the beaches look so clean now because the casinos aren’t right on the water.  There’s also plenty of places to dine.  If you like seafood, you’re in luck.  Most everywhere on the coast serves seafood.  In fact, it would be difficult to find one that doesn’t.  And if you go, don’t forget to visit the Biloxi visitor center. It’s beautiful and admission is free.  If you’re looking for a nice quiet vacation destination or a quick road trip, then plan a visit to Biloxi. It’s one of my favorite places.

Trey and Kali on the beach

Trey and Kali


The Broadwater Resort and President Casino were located here but were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. If you are interested in the history of the resort and casino, check out this link
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Just a photo of the beautiful beach.
road tripAnd a photo of the lighthouse in the distance and the beach. 

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