As we grow older, it’s not uncommon for our close friends’ geographic locations to spread further and further apart. Adjusting to the distance between you and your best friends can be difficult. Just because you aren’t down the street from one another anymore doesn’t mean your friendship has to suffer. Here are a few ways to stay in touch with long-distance friends.
Meet in the Middle
Depending on how far away you live from one another, plan a trip once or twice a year to meet halfway for a weekend getaway. Perhaps the destination in between isn’t all that exciting or accommodating. In that case, plan a yearly trip to a new and exciting location where the two of you can catch up and create new memories.
Go Old School
There’s something great about receiving a letter in the mail from a friend or loved one. While texts are instantaneous, a heartfelt letter can carry so much more meaning. Becoming a pen pal with your best friend will give you something to look forward to in the mail and can be a fun, not-so-traditional way to keep in contact.
Sending mail back and forth can be fun and more personal. Send pictures and or doodles along with your letters. You can even create a wax seal to stamp your messages with a symbol of your friendship.
For times when you can’t wait for a letter to show up in your mailbox, utilize the benefits of technology. Pick up the phone, use social media, or hop on a video call to stay up to date on each other’s lives. You can also play some computer or video games together.
Find a Hobby From a Distance
You don’t have to live in the same area to have a hobby you can both enjoy. Try starting a book club, binge-watching the same series, or blocking out a weeknight to watch the same movies and chat about them via text or Facetime.
Living far away from one another doesn’t have to hurt your friendship with these ways to stay in touch with long-distance friends.