You can employ many different ways to show you care for loved ones overseas. Depending on the distance between you and your loved one and how frequently you want to communicate with them, you have various options to choose from. Here are some of the most popular methods used by families across the globe.

1. Write letters or send cards to let them know you’re thinking of them

In today’s world, it’s easy to feel disconnected from loved ones who live far away. With all of the social media options available, it can be tempting just to send a quick message or post on someone’s wall instead of taking the time to write a letter or send a card.

However, these small gestures can mean a lot to someone far from home. A handwritten letter or card is a physical reminder that you are thinking of them, and it can help to brighten their day. It’s also a great way to stay in touch and keep up with what’s going on in each other’s lives.

You can also add a personal touch to your letters and cards by including photos, drawings, or other mementos. By taking the time to write a letter or send a card, you’ll show your loved ones that they are worth your time and effort.

2. Send a care package with your loved one’s favorite snacks and drinks

Care packages are another great way to show you care for loved ones who live far away. Fill a box with their favorite snacks, treats, books, movies, or anything else that will make them feel at home.

You can also include a personal note or letter to let them know you’re thinking of them. Care packages are a great way to show you care, and they can also help your loved ones feel less homesick. If you send a package to the Philippines from the USA to your loved one regularly, you can also include items that will help them stay connected to home, such as photos and news articles. Whether they are in the Philippines, the US, or across Europe, your care package will show that you are thinking of them.

3. Start a video call to catch up and chat face-to-face

You might not always have the time to hop on a plane to visit your loved ones in a different country. And even if you did, the time difference can make coordinating a call tough. That’s where video calling comes in.

By taking just a few minutes to start a video call, you can bridge the geographical divide and connect with your loved ones in a significant way. And with today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to get set up for a video call.

All you need is a smartphone, tablet, or laptop with a built-in camera and an internet connection. Just fire up your preferred video chat app – whether that’s Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, or something else – and give your loved ones a call. You’ll be able to see their faces and hear their voices, which can help you feel closer to them even if you’re miles apart.

Plus, you can use video calling to do more than catch up on the latest news. You can share special moments with your loved ones as they happen, whether watching your child take their first steps or attending your niece’s graduation ceremony. So next time you’re feeling homesick or just wanting to connect with your loved ones, don’t forget that video calling is an option.

4. Put together a photo album or scrapbook of your time together to look back on later

Another great way to connect with loved ones overseas is by putting together a photo album or scrapbook of your time together. Doing this will give you both something to look back on and cherish for years to come. Plus, it’s a great way to relive all the happy memories you’ve shared.

To get started, gather all the photos of your time together. Once you have them all in one place, start sorting them into categories. For example, you might have a section for family holidays, birthdays, and special occasions. You can also add little notes and captions to explain each photo.

Once finished, put the album or scrapbook in a safe place to look back on it whenever you want. You can even add to it over time as you make more memories together. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can even turn it into a digital album or scrapbook that you can share with your loved ones online.

No matter how you choose to connect with loved ones overseas, the most important thing is that you take the time to make that connection. By spending even just a few minutes each day to talk, video call, or send a care package, you can let your loved ones know.


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