We have been on the go for 18 months and there is no definitive end in sight. Nurturing friendships when I am not living in the same city as my friends has been very important to me while we are living this nomadic life. Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook provide a glimpse into my friend’s lives, but I crave that deep connection that comes when you are able to talk to your friends face to face. Below are four ways to nurture long distance friendships!
Book Club-- Or really any club you were part of before you moved. Thanks to technology you can “be” at any gathering of all your friends anytime you want. Make yourself some snacks, crack open a bottle of wine and pretend you are sitting next to your closest friends gossiping about life.
Letter Writing-- Next time your BFF pops into your head, drop them a quick note in a letter or postcard. It’s a fun way to let them know they were on your mind that feels a bit more special than just shooting off a text or an email.
Dinner and a Movie-- A fun twist on the typical FaceTime session! Pick a movie at relatively the same time (remember to take into account time zone differences!), go see the movie, then head to a bar in your respective neighborhoods, order some drinks and FaceTime each other. It takes a little bravery to sit at a table by yourself with your phone propped up across from you, but as long as you aren’t talking louder than you would be if your friend were really sitting there, then you can ignore all the looks and enjoy some quality time bonding over the movie you just saw “together”!
Popping Bottles-- Next time you are at the store, take a pic of a bottle of wine and send it to your BFF. Have her buy the same one and next time you are FaceTiming or chatting on the phone, open the bottle and enjoy it “together”.
Are you in a long distance friendship? How do you stay in touch with your BFF?