Traveling abroad has always involved an element of adventure, but even as recently as 20 years ago visiting countries as technically advanced as the USA mean that you literally went into a communications black hole until your return. That is because the cost of transatlantic phone calls was so outrageously high that your entitlement holiday budget could be used up calling home, and that was just for a few minutes.

However, advances in competition amongst telephony companies have changed that. For example, travelers to the USA can purchase great value phone cards starting from as little as £ 5 for approximately 167 minutes of calls to a landline number in London. Or, if they prefer travelers can also call home using a mobile phone. But, even though that's not as reliably expensive as it was to use landlines at the end of the 1980s, it is still an expensive way to keep in touch with calls to home typically costing around £ 1.37 – £ 1.99 per minute outside Europe.

As technology has advanced the amount of differenting communication methods have also grown exponentially. Now even without a landline or mobile phone, it is still possible to call home just as long as you are connected to the internet. VoIP (Voice over internet protocol) now enables broadband users to be able to communicate both freely and for free with anyone on the internet who has the same software installed.

Indeed, modern technology exposes at such a phenomenal rate each year that nothing seems impossible when it comes to global communication. Logging into your email account when in the heart of Peru to send and receive messages or even using your laptop to make free calls to home via WiFi at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto; both are eminently possible in the 21st century.

Wherever you go in the world the internet has invariably got there first, unless the destination is extremely remote and off the beaten track. For those on extended holidays or especially back-packing then internet phone calls can be a great way to make sure everyone back home realizes what a great time you are having, as well as a great way for you to keep in touch with events on the domestic front. But the real advantage is that you save your much needed cash to spend on essentials or fun activities and without having to spend it all on expensive phone calls. So, before heading off to foreign parts make sure you open an internet VoIP account, and you'll have the ability to stay in touch just about where you go!

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