If you’ve ever had a friend move away, you might know how hard it can be to say goodbye. A lot of times, it seems like it might be the end for your friendship, but it’s actually not that hard to stay in touch! Your friend probably misses you too, and staying in contact is wonderful. One of my best friends and I have lived on opposite sides of the country for about six years, and we still talk almost every day. There are tons of ways to keep long-distance friendships going strong, and many different activities you can find to do together despite the distance.
One of the best ways I’ve found to keep in touch is through video chat, like FaceTime or Skype. That way, you and your friend can still talk face-to-face and it feels a little more personal than just texting or email. It means you can chat, joke around, and just hang out – just like always. Writing letters, texting, and calling regularly are still great ways to keep in touch, though. Any way you find to stay in contact is fantastic. Writing traditional ink-and-paper letters is great too, since then you can send drawings and photos too.
There are also a lot of super fun activities you can still do with your friend, even if you can’t hang out in person. Are you two both fans of the same book series or show? Maybe you could write some fanfiction together. Do you both like musicals? Maybe start writing, or at least planning out, one of your own! Do you both like art? You could try writing a comic together, where each person draws one panel and then sends it back to the other, who then adds the next one. Just because you both live in different places doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything cool you can do together! Some of the most fun I have is when I'm writing goofy stuff with my friend in another state.
While keeping long-distance friendships might seem a little tricky, it’s really pretty easy to stay close to the people you care about. There are always ways you can find to have fun with your friends, even when you’re hundreds of miles apart. Just show them you care, talk to them, and have fun with them!
Have you ever had a friend move away, or had a pen pal? If so, what were some of the ways you stayed in touch with them? Do you have any good tips on having long-distance friendships? If so, feel free to tell us in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!