5 Ways to Keep in Touch with your Long-Distance Friends

Since moving abroad, I have ridden the emotionally turbulent rollercoaster over and over again between homesickness and revelling in my new adventure. As I nervously put myself out there to make friends in my new home, the faces and memories of my loved ones pop into my mind without warning and I find myself comparing new experiences and friendships to those from my home country. One of the biggest lessons I have learnt so far from my expat experience? Maintaining long-distance relationships is hard.

5 ways to keep in touch with long distance friends
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I very quickly realised how easily I took my close friends for granted as soon as I found myself living so far away from them. The fear of missing out hit me strong and I felt sad that they might move on without me or ‘forget’ about our friendship.

Of course, a lot of the thoughts that strike during homesickness are irrational and the strength of my friendships back home have since proven to be long-lasting despite the distance. However, it isn’t easy. I make sure to take the time out of my day to catch up with the people I love, wherever they are, and have experimented with different ways to show them that I am still thinking about them long-distance from across the world.

A photograph of old friends

So here are the 5 best ways I have found so far to keep in contact with long-distance friends and show them that you care. (Some of the many benefits of this digital world…) PLEASE comment below if you have any other ideas as I would love to try them out!

1. Flowers on Special Occasions

When I lived in my home country, I only ever knew if it was somebody’s birthday from a notification on Facebook. Now that I live abroad, I have made sure to write down everyone’s birthdays, anniversaries, graduation dates, etc in my diary so that I see it in advance and can arrange for something special to be sent to them long-distance. Ask for your loved ones’ addresses and keep them stored for when you need them. Then, when the date comes around, arrange for flowers to be sent to their home address. It is so easy nowadays to schedule flower deliveries in advance to different addresses over different dates.

Flower Delivery

Recommendation: I LOVE Bloom and Wild for the UK. They deliver flowers that look like they’ve been plucked straight from a wildflower meadow and deliver them through the letterbox in a handy sized package – No more worrying if the person will be home or not! They’re always offering great promos and discounts (including 10% off your first order).

2. Amazon Gift Packages

Words cannot describe the joy I felt when I received a mysterious Amazon package in the mail one day… and opened it to find a handful of brand new books sent to me by my best friend from home!
She ordered them online via Amazon and if you select that the order is a ‘Gift’, it gives you the option to add a note along with each item. I absolutely LOVE this feature. Each one of my new books came with a message from her saying why she recommends it. The package had such a deep, personal touch as if she had packed it herself! Being long-distance from loved ones is tough, but it definitely got a little easier that day and will continue with each word I read and think of her.

Amazon books self care

3. Hand-Written Letters

Let’s take it back to the old-school pen pal days! I don’t know about you, but I love the feeling of glee as you open a physical letter and see the familiar handwriting of a loved one. Take me to any crafts store and I spend way too much money on stickers, coloured pens and other fancy stationary to get my artsy fix! I like to include postcards and gifts from my new home abroad to show them what I’m up to and ask people back home to send me snacks and beauty products that I miss in return.

hand written letters

4. Take the time to Video-Chat

It’s an easy trap to fall into: You always TALK about arranging a video-call but find that months and months go by and you still haven’t managed to arrange a good time… Whether it’s time difference struggles or your schedules are just too busy, both agree to actually set a solid date and time when you can fire up your Facebook Messenger or Skype and actually sit and chat face-to-face. Ditch the typed messages and actually laugh in real-time together. You can even take it one step further and watch the same movie one night!

video chat

5. Shared Photo Account

Make a shared account where you can upload photos and memories to! My friend and I have a One Drive account where we upload quotes and funny memes as well as videos and photo throw-backs from our past. If I’m having a bad day, it gives me such a boost to log into the account and see all of our interactions and memories.

Group of girl friends

What have you done to keep in touch with a long-distance loved one?

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    May 1, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    I absolutely love this post. It relates to me a lot. I am not an expat myself, but I am a friend of an expat.
    I had to watch my closest friend leave for a new life an adventure and it was devastating.
    So many mixed emotions. Of course I’m so happy and excited for her but It has been a great struggle for me also. I am sure i am not the only one who has experienced this. It really is as easy as you say to remain dearest friends. It has worked for myself and my bestie who have followed some of these steps.
    I would recommend that not only expats read this post and blog, but the friends and family who have had to watch their loved ones leave.
    Supporting each other like this from a distance is so easy these days. We have no excuse to forget/neglect our dearest friends.
    Thank you 😘

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