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Now that your move is complete, you might be feeling a bit homesick. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep your extended family in your life after your move!

Talk frequently

  • Use your phone. Send your siblings or cousins a text when you're thinking of them. Maybe something you saw in your new community reminded you of a relative. Call them up and let them know! They'll be happy to hear you're settling in well and exploring your new town. Since we are basically attached to our cellphones nowadays, keeping in touch with family is easier than ever.
  • Use social media. Social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter have also made keeping in touch a piece of cake. Instagram is another useful tool to actually see what's going on in a loved one's life. As technology evolves, so does the way we communicate. These tools are too valuable not to use, especially after your move away from your family.
  • Have you heard about "electronic mail"? Apparently, there's this thing called "e-mail" now... All jokes aside, exchanging daily e-mails is a great way for the working man/woman to keep in touch with loved ones who live far away.
  • Have face-to-face conversations (sort of). Another advancement in technology is video chatting. Programs and apps such as Skype and FaceTime allow you to almost literally speak face-to-face with your family members through your phones or computers. What could be better than that?

Travel for holidays and birthdays

Depending on how far you've moved away from your extended family, you can travel to each other for holidays and important birthdays or other celebrations. Maybe your relatives will visit your home one year, and then you can travel back to them the next. Once you fully settle in to your new home, your siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents will definitely want to come visit -- especially if you have an extra room for them to stay in!

That being said, keep this in mind: You actually have to remember everyone's birthdays, so be sure to mark them on your calendar or use Facebook to keep track of important dates and events. At the very least, send a gift or a card to family members for their birthdays, and travel home for milestones like "Sweet Sixteens" and 50th birthday parties. It'll mean the world to your relatives when you make that extra effort to keep in touch, and even more so when you go see them in person.

Plan vacations and reunions

Another great way of keeping in touch with family after your move is organizing events. Planning a family vacation is a fun way to get everyone together, assuming that it's possible for your entire family. Remember that some relatives may not have the financial means to take an expensive vacation, while others may not be able to get time off from work. These are important factors to take into account when planning a group vacation.

Family reunions are also a wonderful way to bring the whole gang together. You can plan annual reunions at large venues and send out invitations via mail or even e-mail. If everybody has a good time at the first one, you can gauge interest before you plan next year's event.

When it comes to keeping in touch with family, the main goal is being present. Be there when your family needs you, for the good times and bad. Be there for the milestones and -- perhaps more importantly -- the little things. Sometimes those count the most.

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on November 21, 2014 - Moving Expert
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