Long-distance friendships arise from many different situations. Whether it’s someone you met during grade school and one of you moved away; or it’s someone you met during college who’s from a different area; or it’s someone you met during your travels, and you’re not staying in the destination long. Whatever the reason, it’s someone you want to remain friends and it won’t be easy to see each other on a regular basis. I know the struggle of trying to maintain long-distance friendships, so I’m sharing three tips to keep those relationships going strong!1.use technology:
In this day in age, we are often reprimanded for our extensive use of technology, but when it comes to long-distance friendships, technology is the best tool to stay in touch. We have so many different ways to use it to our advantage – it’s great!
- Call/Text – The most convenient way to keep in touch is send a text, starting up a conversation, or giving them a call when you’re free.
- FaceTime/Skype – If you’re missing seeing your friends’ faces, you can make time to FaceTime them if you have an iPhone. If not, Skype can help you out! I have it on my computer, but it’s also available in app form.
- Facebook – Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends who aren’t close by, and a great way for them to keep up with you as well. You can share pictures, statuses, and so much more.
- Instagram – The best place to get a visual snapshot of what your friends are sharing is on Instagram. You can scan their pictures, like it, and leave comments.
- Snapchat – Snapping your friends or viewing their stories is a quick and convenient way to see what they are up to at the moment.
- Email – I know this way may not be the most popular, especially among those my age, but it can definitely be useful! Shoot your friend an email to share something funny, send a long message, or just because.
2. use snail mail:
Snail mail used to be a popular way of communication, simply because that was the only way to get in touch with others. As technology has progressed, snail mail has definitely decreased. But that doesn’t mean it’s dead. Taking the time to hand write a letter can be time-consuming, but it’s so satisfying to mail that letter off. And speaking from experience, it’s so exciting and meaningful getting one in the mail. I do owe a few friends some snail mail, so I’ll get on that!
3. visit them:
Let’s be real. Sometimes talking to your friends across miles and miles can make you miss them even more. Especially if you were used to seeing them on a daily basis. You miss seeing their face and doing hooliganish activities together. Well, what better way to keep in touch than by paying them a visit wherever they are! Maybe you’ve never been to where they live, and they can be your personal tour guide. Or you guys can plan to take a trip together somewhere! Either way, it’s great because you’ll see each other in person again!
Well, there you have it! My three tips for maintaining long-distance friendships. It definitely takes some work for all parties involved, but I believe it’s so worth it.
How do you handle long-distance friendships? Do you have any other tips to add? I’d love to hear what you have to share! Let me know in the comments!