Staying Connected While You Explore the Country

by Country Inns & Suites
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

As fun as it can be to get out and see the Country, it’s easy to lose a little connection with home. Fortunately, the web has you covered with some great services and applications that make it easier for you to keep in touch. We’ve picked the best of the best to consider the next time you’re away from a familiar zip code.


Skype is useful tool for face-to-face time with loved ones, as the primary feature is video-based chat. Phone calls are great, but they can mean so much more when you can actually see the other person. There’s also an option to download a mobile application for quick connections on the go. Sounds like the cab ride from the airport just got a whole lot more enjoyable.

For fans of Facebook, Path is a personal network that invites you to set up a personal network of up to 50 people, giving you greater comfort in sharing your travel details. Path offers features like status updates, photo and video sharing, and with a smaller reach, you can share with people who mean the most to you.

TextPlus is a group chat option for users of the popular Apple devices, like the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad; send group messages and share pictures without having to manually enter individual name. The service is available over Wi-Fi, or 3G from locations within the U.S. and Canada.

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Of course, when you’re looking for ways to stay connected, remember that we’re focused on re-creating the experience you’re used to at home. Enjoy free, high-speed Internet access at our more than 500 locations across the U.S. and Canada.