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Staying connected with family can prove quite challenging for digital nomads, especially during holidays. Maintaining family connections requires effort and planning, and it becomes even more important when it comes to celebrating special days like Father’s Day.

Thankfully, there are many ways you can still honor your father regardless of whether distance may separate you form each other. While digital nomads may have to often face significant time zone differences, unpredictable travel schedules, or a lack of internet connectivity, many digital nomads can still find creative ways to stay connected or show how much their dads mean to them.

Make use of today’s technology and the following ideas to celebrate Father’s Day and express your love for your father even when you find yourself traveling abroad.

How Digital Nomads Can Celebrate Father’s Day Abroad

Send a Thoughtful Father’s Day eCard

Digital nomads often rely on digital solutions, and sending a heartfelt eCard is an excellent way to show appreciation for Father’s Day. Websites like Punchbowl are a great way to send thoughtful Father’s Day eCards that you can easily customize to create a personal touch.

You can personalize cards with unique messages, inside jokes, attached memorable snapshots you’ve shared with your dad over the years, or even inserted video clips for an extra special touch.

This thoughtful gesture can make your dad feel loved and appreciated because it shows you’ve taken the time to select and personalize something just for him. An eCard also offers instant and seamless delivery where you don’t have to worry about mail delivery times and costs associated with sending physical cards or letters when you may be in far-off exotic locations. It’s also a perfect idea for last-minute planners.

Plan a Virtual Celebration

Today’s digitally connected world has made virtual celebrations a common practice. Platforms like Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime allow you to connect with your dad in real time, no matter where you are.

Organize a virtual get-together where you can possibly share a meal, have meaningful conversations, engage in shared activities like playing online games, watch a movie or sporting event together, or even participate in a virtual trivia night.

Remember to set up a specific time that accounts for time zone differences to ensure everyone can join without hassles. And while it may be your intention to make it a surprise, it may be wise to send out digital invitations with the date, time, and link to the virtual meeting well in advance, at least maybe to other family members if they are to join in on the virtual meetup.

You may even wish to think about recording the virtual celebration or taking some screen shots so your dad can relive the celebration anytime.

Creative Gift Ideas

Despite the distance, digital nomads can take advantage of the many readily available and creative Father’s Day gift options. For example, you can send a subscription box tailored to your dad’s interests, such as gourmet snacks, whisky, books, or hobby-related items.

With plenty of subscription service options offering global delivery, you can relax knowing that your gift will reach your dad even as you roam the globe. Other options that can easily be arranged online include enrolling him in an online class or workshop, such as an online cooking, photography, or music class. You can of course also easily purchase tickets online for events like concerts, sporting events, comedy shows, or theater performances he may like.

Alternatively, digital gifts like eBooks, audiobooks, or paid subscriptions like Netflix can be a great way to celebrate your dad and give him continuous entertainment and enjoyment that lasts throughout the year. Personal engraved items such as a watch, keychain, or phone case are another great idea.

Collaborate With Family on a Digital Scrapbook

A fun project like making a digital scrapbook lets you reminisce about good times and appreciate your unique relationship even more. Use Canva, Google Slides, and similar platforms to compile photos, memories, and messages.

Collaborate with siblings or other family members to allow you a better chance to gather a diverse collection of content that highlights special moments and milestones. This collaborative project will give your dad a beautiful keepsake and strengthen family bonds with everyone contributing their part and showing how much they care.

Plan a Future Adventure with Dad

One of the best gifts you can give your dad is the promise of quality time together. Plan a future adventure or trip that you can both look forward to. Create a detailed itinerary of activities and places you’d like to visit together. This could be a road trip, a hiking expedition, or a relaxing beach vacation.

The prospect of a future adventure can give your dad something to look forward to. Share your plans over a video call and invite him to add input or advice of his own to ensure you plan a trip that truly suits him.

Celebrating Father’s Day as a digital nomad may require a bit more effort and ingenuity, but taking the time to honor your dad will likely mean more than you’ll ever know. So, no matter where you are in the world this Father’s Day, remember to take the time and effort to celebrate and honor your dad in a special way that truly resonates with him.

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007.  Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.



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