The 6 top apps for keeping in touch with family abroad

Its no secret that the Irish love to travel and with the economic downturn forcing people to uproot and emigrate it can be hard to keep in touch with family and loved ones who have moved abroad.However, things have become a whole lot easier in recent times with the growth of technology and accessibility to the internet allowing you to make contact with anyone anywhere across the globe. With over 90% of 25-44 year old’s in Ireland now using some form of smartphone, keeping in touch couldn’t be simpler and we’ve come up with the top 6 top apps for you to use to stay in contact with the people you love.



WhatsApp is an instant messaging service that uses the internet to send messages, photos, voice messages and phone calls. As of April 2015 Whatsapp has over 800 Million users and in January it was reported to be the most popular global messaging app. Whatsapp is incredibly simple to use and delivers your messages instantly allowing you to stay in contact at any time at any place. Its also amazing for sending photos from your holiday or travels back home as its so quick and free.

2.Facebook Messenger


Facebook messenger is an instant messaging service and a part of Facebook. It is an independent app to Facebook however and has over 600 million users. The messenger app allows all Facebook users to stay in contact  at all times and allows the user to share pictures, videos and as of 2015 video chat. This app is also free making it even more affordable to stay in contact with friends and family all around the world. This app is internet based so make sure you are either connected to WiFi or have enough data to enable full use of the app.

 3. Snapchat



Snapchat is a video messaging app that allows all users to send 1-10 second pictures or videos to recipients of their choice. After the selected time the image/video will be deleted. Snapchat has been a major hit over the past few years and its a fun and creative way to communicate with friends and family. Rather than clogging their phone with images of you have fun on a night out snapchat deletes the messages after a certain length of time.

 4. Facebook



As of March 2015 Facebook has over 1.44 Billion monthly active users, and chances are if you own a smartphone you most likely have a Facebook account also! Facebook is a social networking website and allows all members to interact. Sharing photos and updating your status is a great way to let all at home or abroad know how you’re doing or what you’ve been up too! It also allows those away to keep everyone at home in the loop on a broader scale than just communicating to individuals. There’s a reason why Facebook is such an incredible success and it is definitely one of the best apps to have to allow you to keep in touch.

 5. Instagram



Instagram is an online photo and video sharing social networking site that edits your photos and makes them look incredible! This app is amazing as it shares all of your favorite photos with friends and family and allows you to keep everyone involved in your travels or day to day living. You can comment on people’s photos or send personal ones to whom ever you like making picture sharing exciting and fun. If you know someone travelling you’ll most certainly want to see all the great things they get up too so make sure to follow them on Instagram.

 6. Skype



Skype is available on all smartphones and tablets as an app and since its first release in 2003 it has changed the way that people all over the world communicate. Instant video calling from all around the world had never been seen before and its creation has made long distance friendships and relationships a lot easier. Skype is an essential app when attempting to keep in touch and one you simply must download.

There are hundreds of different social networking and instant messaging apps now available for smartphones but these are our top 6 and you wont be disappointed. Its always very difficult to say goodbye but with these amazing apps you’ll be able to reach you’re friends or loved ones at the click of a button! Make sure to take a look at some of the amazing gifts we have on offer at and send your special someone a beautiful surprise from home.

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