Sunday, 14 August 2016

Keeping Your Long-Distance Friendships

University is the best place for making lifelong friendships, so after spending 3 years together life can seem pretty weird and a little tough when you and your uni mates move back home... to different parts of the country (or even the world!)
Today's post will be a few of our tips on how not to lose contact with your uni pals and be able to maintain 'long-distance friendships'.

1. The Power of Social Media: Set up a Group Message
With the advances in social media over the years, staying in touch with long-distance friends has been made much easier. Thanks to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram we can keep up to date with our friends' lives without even seeing them. Whether it's via text or Whatsapp, a group chat is the best way to keep up-to-date with everyone's news at once - it'll almost feel like you're all just having a chat in the same room. Just with more emojis. Group chats also create a space where you can all stay in touch, get advice and give opinions about the TV shows you love (Ahem, PLL! WHO IS A.D?!) Our group also love Snapchat, sending each other 10 second videos of our day is a great way to show each other how we are spending our time at home. 

2. Take trips to Everyone's Hometowns
Birthdays and celebrations are the perfect opportunity to arrange to meet up with your long-distance friends. If you don't already, plan to have your friends over during your birthday week (yes, a whole week is perfectly acceptable!), this will not only be a nice way to celebrate your birthday but will also be a great opportunity to catch up and spend some quality time together in a new place and have a tour of everyone's home towns!

3. Try Meeting in the Middle
Social media can be great and is an amazing resource for us to stay in touch, but nothing can compare to meeting up face-to-face. Living far away from your friends can make it difficult to meet up and with everyone doing their own thing you can go months without even arranging the next meet up!  This is why we always like to have a date in mind as to when to meet up next. Whether it's day trips or a weekend away, dedicating time in your diary to meet up will mean you won't have to go more than a few months without seeing each other. Plus, meeting somewhere roughly in the middle of where you all live can mean a day out in a new place with you all splitting the travel difference and cost.

4. Send "Snail Mail"
Cards and letters are a really cute and thoughtful means of communication. Especially if it's someone's birthday or if you haven't seen them in a while! It shows that you're thinking of them and have taken the time to do something for you. Plus, it's always nice to get something through the letterbox that isn't from the bank!

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We hope this post has given you ideas into ways to keep in touch with your long-distance friends!
See you Tuesday,

S & K  xo 

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  1. My best friend is moving to America for a year :( But we've been friends since we were both in nursery so I i'm hoping we wont drift apart. Thanks for the advice xx

    1. Hi Claire, thanks for your comment! We're glad you liked our post and hope it helps you and your bff over the next year :) xx