Tips for staying in touch while traveling abroad

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - If you're traveling abroad anytime soon there are several smartphone apps that can help you stay in touch with loved ones back home for free.

The Facebook Messenger allows you to text, record voice messages and make phone calls to other friends who have the app.

Facebook is also the owner of "What's App" which allows you to send photos, messages and phone calls over a wireless network.

Libon and Viber are two other similar services worth checking out. Both use your data plan to send and receive message but do not charge you for actual minutes during phone calls.