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With Travel Cut Off, Here Are Ways To Stay Connected To Friends & Family

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

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These uncertain times have us all adjusting to our new normal. Social distancing and self-quarantine have many of us missing the person-to-person connection that we crave. With travel at a standstill, we are forced to get creative with how we communicate, stay in touch, and remain connected to friends and family across the globe. Here are a few tips to keep those bonds strong during a time when we need them the most.

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Video Conferencing

From virtual playdates with kids to happy hours with your girlfriends, we are finding new ways technology is saving us during this difficult time. Zoom, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Skype, and FaceTiming have become the new form of communication whether it’s business or social. Get older generations onboard, so they can also remain connected.

Netflix Party

Host a long-distance movie night or TV watch party with Netflix Party, a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows.

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Virtual HouseParty

Houseparty is the face-to-face social network where you can connect with the people you care about most. The app makes connecting face to face effortless, alerting you when your friends are “in the house” and ready to chat so you can jump right into the conversation. 

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Letters

Go old school and write a handwritten letter. In times like these, when we feel disconnected and unsure, it’s nice to return to an old way of doing things. The personal touch of sending something handwritten in the mail, maybe just the thing someone needs. It could be especially meaningful to older generations – think how happy grandma and grandpa would be to receive a letter.

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