Saturday, July 11, 2015

How Can I Stay Connected to Younger Family Members While I Travel?

Okay, I have to admit.  Although I try, I know I am not completely up with the times.  My kids often think I am getting old and out of touch, and I am okay with that; however I still want to have a great relationship with them and keep up with what they are doing. For that reason, I decided to try to stay as up-to-date with their technology as I can in order to stay connected with them. In order to do this, I got an Instagram account – one of the most popular social media apps for today’s younger generation. 

Instagram
Instagram is designed to share photos and videos with others that follow you.  It also allows you to see the pictures and videos of those you choose to follow, which is why I originally got the app.  I was able to keep up with my kids’, nieces’, and nephews’ activities through what they posted.  When my nephew posted a picture of his Friday night football game win, I could “like” it or even make a comment to congratulate him.  When our son posted a picture of him at a college function, we could see how his weekend was going without having to ask.  What better way to keep up with your kids’ and grandkids’ activities when you can’t be there! After a while of just having an Instagram to follow others, I began to post my activities as well to keep my family connected to what was happening at home while they were away, which most of the time was our dog’s antics that they missed while at college.  Now that we travel, it is a way to show where we are and what we are doing to those back home.

Using Instagram is really simple.  Once you install the free app from the App Store, you create your account.  Once you have an account, you can begin following people by searching for them using the search bar.  Once you find the person you want to follow, you can select "Follow" on their profile.  If they are private, they must accept your request, but if they are public, you will be able to see their posts in your daily feed immediately.  In order for you to post something for others to see, you simply take a picture or video and add an optional caption. You can even post pictures or videos that are already in the gallery of your phone.  You have the option to post your pictures or videos where everyone following you can see them or send them directly to one person. Another great thing about Instagram is that although you can only post photos to Instagram using your phone, you can always look at others' posts using your computer. Check out what Instagram looks like on a computer by checking out our profile

Traveling can be fun, but the one drawback is always being away from family.  I find that Instagram allows us to really stay in touch with our younger family members since it is one of the most popular apps used by this generation.  It isn't difficult to use, and it is based around photos and videos, which we travelers have plenty around to capture and share!