As a trucker, it can be challenging to be away from home for long periods of time. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to stay connected while you are traveling over the road.
1. Communicate Regularly
Communication is key in all relationships, especially when you are gone. Try to communicate with your loved ones back home at least once a day. Set a scheduled time to chat each day to give everyone something to look forward to.
Phone calls are easy to do and can be quick. Texts are another great way to communicate with loved ones, and they take only a few minutes to send. Thanks to technology advancements, you can even have a face-to-face conversation with those back home via video chat. At times it’s reassuring to see a loved one’s face rather than just hear his or her voice. Social media is another great way to keep up-to-date on what is happening back home. Of course, don’t call, text, video chat or check social media while you are driving!
2. Send Postcards
Send postcards from your stops on the road. Children love to receive mail, and postcards are fun to collect. Your kids will feel like they are traveling with you because they will see photos of sights you’ve seen on the road. They are also fun to talk about once you get back home!
3. Be There For Big Events
Summer holidays and events can make being away from home even more difficult. You may feel guilty for missing your children’s events, and chances are you will have to miss some of them. To help ease the guilt, plan to be there for the big events, including birthdays, weddings and graduations. Plan them out far enough in advance to make scheduling easier.
4. Don’t Take Time At Home For Granted
Instead of sticking to everyday activities, try to do something memorable while you are home. An activity that will be fun for the whole family to help everyone get through the time you are away. Plus, knowing you will do something fun when you get home gives you and your family something to look forward to.
5. Start A Blog
If you like writing (you don’t have to be good!), share your experiences through a personal blog. Write about sights you’ve seen, people you’ve met, food you’ve tried and more. You can even include photos and videos in your blog posts. Invite your family and friends to follow your posts to stay updated on what you are doing.
Even though it may be hard to be away from your family and friends, these tips will help you feel more connected even if you may be thousands of miles away!
Are you an over the road trucker? What other tips can you give your fellow truck drivers to feel closer to home? Leave a comment below!