Share your summer fun with Skype

Share the fun and sun of your summer vacations and special weekends with Skype. From group video calls in the garden to wallet-friendly international calls, get your summer sharing sewn up with Skype.

It doesn’t matter what the weatherman says, the first official day of summer was June 21st. And with Skype, you can celebrate all summer with the people closest to you, even when they’re on the other side of the world.

Check out our 5 tips for getting the best out of the summer months with Skype.

1. Start your summer cooking

Barbecues are one of the best things about summer. When it comes to relaxing in the sun, the feel of a cold drink in one hand and a soft roll filled with something delicious in the other can’t be beaten. But the best thing about a barbecue isn’t the goodies, it’s chilling out with your friends.

Invite even distant buddies to your summer barbecues or cook outs by getting in touch with them over Skype. If you’ve got your party set up at home, bring your laptop out to the garden for a fun-filled video call. When you’re planning a picnic elsewhere, use Skype on the go with an Android phone or iPhone. You’ll be able to share every silly joke and fun moment, although it’ll be down to you to eat the leftover sausages.

2. Staying together on weekends away

Weekend breaks are another summer perk worth waiting for. It’s the best time of the year to explore both near and far, with city breaks abroad or short breaks in the country.

Still, not everyone can get away at the same time. Take your friends and family with you on your vacation, by making sure they’ve all downloaded Skype first. There are lots of ways to chat over Skype – you can even make calls over handheld gaming consoles – so you’ll find the perfect way to share for everyone.

3. Plan your holidays with Skype

Skype can really handy in the weeks and months leading up to a holiday too. Planning a break is sometimes almost as much fun as actually going on it, but that’s not to say it’s always easy.

When you’re trying to organise a holiday with friends and family, but everyone has different ideas about where and when to go, it’s time to set up a group video call to talk through your options.

4. Forget postcards and think video messages

When you’re having the best vacation of your life, you’ll often find there are moments you want to share. Rather than sending a postcard saying ‘wish you were here’, why not send a Qik video with a personalised message?

You can send your message instantly to share a specific precious moment live or save it for them to enjoy later. Your friends and family will appreciate that you’re thinking of them, even if they are stuck at home while you’re on vacation. You can also share your Qik videos over social sites like Facebook and Twitter to let everyone know how much fun you’re having.

5. Discover foreign lands and share your experiences

When you’re lucky enough to have a long overseas vacation booked, you’ll be primed and ready to relax. And with Skype, you can feel even more chilled out, knowing you can get in touch with the folks back home quickly and easily, even when you’re far away.

Enjoy great value Skype calls to mobiles or landlines, or chat for free using Skype instant messaging – perfect if you need to check in and say hello during your travels.

What was your most memorable vacation moment and did you find a way to share it? Has making a quick call home ever turned out to be the most important thing you did during a summer trip? Leave a comment and let us know…