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Myths About Staying in Contact with Travelers

A massive reason why I am keeping this blog (besides an obsessive passion for writing and a rabid quest for fame and fortune) is to keep in close touch with loved ones back home. This here article, therefore is a big hug to all of you. It is an analysis of the things you do to stay connected, all of which warm my little heart.

In the background, unrelated, please enjoy the photos of the miles-long night market of Luang Prabang, Laos. Gorgeous, isn’t it?

Three myths about staying in contact with travelers when you’re at home.

MYTH 1. We don’t miss you.

Holy heaven, people! We miss you ever second of every day! Every leaf and breath and grain of rice reminds us of you! But that said, we’ve been dreaming of this trip for forever, and thus we love you even more for supporting us in taking it.

MYTH 2. It’s a waste of our precious travel time to email or chat online with you.

There is PLENTY of time in a day when one doesn’t have a steady job. Therefore, some of our most glorious days consist of exploring a new city in the morning and afternoon, then curling up to chat with you at night, when you are just waking up all the way across the world.

MYTH 3. You have to write us emails as long as our long-winded blog entries, and they must be completely out-of-the-ordinary for us to care.

I received this email a few weeks ago (names changed, of course!):

“Mary broke up with Frank, and is now dating a zookeeper. My work life has gotten better since I started tutoring on the weekends and they actually give me freedom. Angie is pregnant!! I’ll likely join a swim team for my bad back. Love you and miss you!”

You have no idea how much joy this five-line email gave me, along with all the others like it. Each sentence engenders literally HOURS of grinning and thinking about its full ramifications. Each tidbit brings euphoria!

We wandering travelers write crazy amounts because new things are blasting in our faces all day and we must process them or we’ll pop. But, OH, the happiness you give us by shooting us just two lines of “everyday” details! TRULY.

This article is to say that I am endlessly appreciative of all of you and all of your contact, so please keep the messages coming!

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Meiji

Tuesday 12th of August 2014

Haha! Great post! I love number 1! :)

Lillie

Tuesday 12th of August 2014

Thanks! :D

Tom

Tuesday 29th of November 2011

YES YES YES to myth 2! When I was in Malaysia, my boyfriend kept apologising thinking that whenever we talked, he was being a burden for taking time out of my schedule, when in fact it was the opposite! When I travel I'm certainly not on the go 24/7, and need a couple of hours a day to just veg out and relax. It made me sooooo happy whenever I would get a little message saying "have a great day, love you," or have a 10-minute conversation on FB chat. It helps ease homesickness or loneliness (especially prominent if you're half of a couple travelling solo).

Lillie

Tuesday 29th of November 2011

Beautifully put!

MaryM

Tuesday 15th of March 2011

I am a big fan of local markets so I really enjoyed the pics. I do a lot of solo travel and really like staying in touch with the folks back home too.

Jaime

Saturday 18th of September 2010

Oh this is an awesome post! I'm gonna have to share this with my family! Thanks!!!s

Lillie

Saturday 18th of September 2010

Glad to hear it's helpful! I wrote it when filled with frustration at the sudden "freeze" of communication from people I loved who panicked about how best to interact with someone across the globe doing mysterious and foreign things! Happy travels :)

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