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! 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 🙂
2.) Shared Spotify List!
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 🙂
3.) 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 🙂
4.) Photo Sharing Apps
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?