Tips To Make Long Distance Friendships Work!

Remember a while back I told you guys about my lovely housemate, L, making a big leap and moving to Australia? Well, we’ve been bossing it on the keeping in touch front, so I thought I’d share our tips!

1.) Skynner!Β Skype-Dinner – OK, so usually her breakfast time is our dinner time, but we make it work. Grab a wine, cup of tea, and schedule in to see each other – just like you would when you’re in the same city! It’s the perfect excuse to catch up, and it means you get the face to face time you probably really miss πŸ™‚

2.) Shared Spotify List!Β 
Even though you might miss each other loads, time differences, work, social commitments and just general ‘life’ can mean it’s tricky to actually get into full blown convos. L and I have a playlist called “Happy I AM AWESOME songs” which we add new favourites too along the way. It’s the perfect little way to feel ‘close’ to your friend πŸ™‚

3.)Β Go Old Skool
How cool is it to have someone living o the other side of the world? Get writing some snail mail or even send a care package full of their favourite British things πŸ™‚

4.) Photo Sharing AppsΒ 
This is actually something my family and I do, using Photo Stream, which is where you create albums you can share on your iPhone photo apps (I’m not sure if Android phones have similar). you can like and comment on photos and it’s the perfect way to keep up to speed with the small things going on in your besties life.

5.) Plan a trip!
OK, so this one isn’t so much a ‘keep in touch’, but if you know your friend is going to be somewhere for a while, why not book a trip to see them? If you can stay with them accomodation is free, and lots of places like STA Travel and similar let you pay for flights in installments. It’ll give you something to look forward to and think of all the stuff you can plan to do on your holiday together :). L & I are off on the adventure of a lifetime in September, exploring Bali together – I’m so excited I am COUNTING down the days.

6.) WhatsApp Groups
Our WhatsApp groups are a god send – we have a big group one including our guy mates, and then the girls who I think of as my ‘Sex and The City’ girls – us four – have our own group. It’s such a lovely little place where we can just brain dump, chat as we would at home over a cuppa or leave a message for the other to wake up to…

I was super sad when L left us – I knew it was the right choice for her, but that didn’t make our goodbye any easier. I’ve always been a big one for keeping in touch, and I guess sometimes I’ve had friends who haven’t quite been so good, so I maybe had a bit of a longer standing anxiety about it all… But with L, I needn’t have worried. We’re in touch as much as we were before she left which is really saying something, considering we used to live together!

 

What are your tips for staying in touch?

Kate x

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  1. June 30, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    I love this post so much! I love the idea of Skynner! And its such a nice idea having a shared Spotify playlist! We have an app called Lifecake which we use to share photos of Dougie with our families without spamming everyone (its meant for kids I think but the same idea as Photo Stream applies!)
    Also, we’re thinking of Bali for our honeymoon, you HAVE to let me know what you think!!
    Hels xx
    http://thehelsproject.com/

    • Kate
      June 30, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      Aww thanks hun! Skynner is fab and the shared Spotify playlist really perks me up when I’m missing her / feeling a bit down about life, so many great memories packed into loads of songs! I think I’ve heard of Lifecake, bet your family love their little Dougie updates πŸ™‚

      Oh I will keep you posted – Im hoping to write a bumper guide out there as we’re there for a week and I have a few good recommendations! Once I get my recommendations emailed I’ll send them to you πŸ™‚

      Kate x

  2. abbeylouisarose
    June 30, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    This is such a wonderful, positive post, Kate! You’re absolutely right that just because someone has moved away, doesn’t mean that you have to lose touch or be any less close! I really value the friendships where it doesn’t matter how often you see each other, when you do end up getting together, it’s always a real laugh! I love the idea of Skynner, I need to try that out with some friends of mine! I’m a huge snail mail fan as well, I write to quite a few other bloggers! Getting a letter through the postbox never fails to make my day! So glad to hear that you and L are still going strong!

    Abbey πŸ’‹ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Kate
      July 1, 2017 / 10:20 am

      Aw I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, Abbey! It was fun to write πŸ™‚ – and that sounds lovely keeping up with other bloggers via snail mail – great idea! Thank you very much for your lovely comment Abbey πŸ™‚

      Kate x

  3. Charlene McElhinney
    June 30, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Loved this post! I’m all for ‘old skool’ letter writing; I run the #beechat snail mail scheme with over 100 bloggers handwriting letters to one another and it never ceases to put a smile on my face! Love the idea of the what’s app groups too, I’m not on what’s app but have a few group chats on twitter etc with people & love them!

    • Kate
      July 1, 2017 / 10:22 am

      Aw that sounds so exciting! I’ll have to look up the scheme on Twitter and get involved! Sounds great! WhatsApp is a total life saver for us!

      Thank you for your comment!

      Kate x

  4. June 30, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    This is adorable, Skynner is such a great idea and snail mail, shared Spotify list is a good one too! Such a lovely positive post – love how much dedication is being made, this is how it should be!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk / foodandbakertravels.co.uk

    • Kate
      July 1, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Awww thank you – it’s easy when you’re best friends really!

      Thank you for your lovely comment πŸ™‚

      Kate x

    • Kate
      July 1, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Aw thank you Alisha! Wow – that is a long distance relationship! Glad to hear you guys are still going strong!

      Thank you for your comment πŸ™‚

      Kate x

  5. July 4, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    These are such wonderful ideas! I haven’t thought of most of them. I went to uni a few hours away from home so all of my best uni friends live so far away. I’ll definitely have to suggest some of these to them!

    • Kate
      July 16, 2017 / 11:04 pm

      Aww thank you lovely! My favourite is the shared playlist, it always brings up so many happy memories!

      Kate x

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