How-To: Make Long-Distance Friendships Work.

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  1. Kim Wanders says:

    These are all so true – group messaging is also amazing! I am on a group text with 5 of my gfs in NY and it helps me feel like I'm still there and hanging out!

  2. Great tips, girl! I have a TON of long distance friends and you hit the nail on the head with Facetime. It makes it so easy.

  3. Kerri Taylor says:

    oh i love this. because my best friend lives across the country (luckily same time zone) and we've now been apart longer than in the same town (sniff). we make sure to at least text once a day and i make sure to see her around 2x a year. it's not much but it makes it that much more special. and facetime – that is key! xo

  4. These are wonderful tips. One of my closest friends whom I have been best friends with since elementary school is moving to Tennessee in a few weeks and I am so sad about her leaving. Of course I a excited for her to have wonderful new experiences and a lovely new life but I am going to miss her so much and am so dedicated to staying in touch.

  5. Holly says:

    I like that this post is about friendships and not love relationships!! These are all so true–if you make an effort to keep in touch, the friendship will forever grow. I have several very good friends who live far away from me but we always get together when we can and stay in touch through many different ways!! I love it šŸ™‚

  6. Holly says:

    Oh and p.s. my bestie and I have FaceTime wine dates all the time lol šŸ™‚

  7. Girl Brooks says:

    YES, YES, YES! I couldn't agree to these more.

  8. My best friend and I started writing letters to each other. We both hate chatting on the phone but the thought of getting a handwritten letter sounds so fun. Plus it's a great excuse to buy cute stationary. I think I'll start doing this with some of my other friends too!

  9. I totally agree…Things will change and be different and you can't set expectations. You just allow the friendship to grow into something else.

  10. Chelsea says:

    Love this article!!! I definitely need to remember it now that most of my friends have graduated and moved to new cities!

  11. Yes! The story of my life! I have lots of long distance friends due to military life and I find Facebook works wonders for keeping up with the small details, lots of texts when able, and not getting angry of time passes between contact. I'm all about easy going relationships at this point in my life;)

  12. Tami says:

    These are all great tips. I have many friends who live around the globe…the biggest thing that has worked for us is communication. We plan dates on skype, call one another and of course, use Facebook. It's nice to see pictures of their lives and loves, it feels like I am with them even when I am physically not.

  13. leelee says:

    I think I shall start writing letters to my best friends who just moved out of state.

  14. These are all great tips. I've moved a lot too and never really found a way to stay connected other than the occasional Facebook post. I really need to reach out more to the people I care about.


  15. Kelly says:

    To this day I still LOVE snail mail!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  16. Ember Grey. says:

    Loved these! All of my friends live in different states- and these are girls I've known since 4th grade, all of us are best friends! But it also makes it hard that we're so close, with so much history, living in different area codes. Fortunately, I feel like we 'get it'… life gets busy, and when kids enter the picture it gets even more hectic. We have lots of Skype coffee dates, texts, and snail mail. (One time, I mailed my girl friend a piece of paper with nothing but vegetable stickers because she was getting into clean eating and I wanted to encourage that for her. She says the letter is still on her fridge šŸ˜‰

  17. Elana says:

    I LOVE this! I just graduated college and then moved halfway across the country back home, leaving a ton of friends behind (after leaving a ton of friends behind at home to go to college), so I absolutely understand how difficult it is to make long distance friendships work. I love all these tips! I especially need to do No. 5 now šŸ™‚

  18. Tami says:

    Such good tips. I have a ton of long-distance friends also, but I'm not the best at always keeping in touch! I love the writing letters idea.

  19. All great ideas. #2 is especially important! I never use #5 but I should.

  20. Emily says:

    Such a great list! All of it applies to me and is helpful to keep in mind especially high expectations.

  21. This is great advice and so true! Especially #2. I used to get mad at one of my friends for not making time for a quick Starbucks get together or lunch, forgetting that he had family here.

  22. These are awesome tips – and so true!! I need to get better at all of this. I have a lot of friends who live far away, but I'm TERRIBLE at keeping up. Thanks for the tips! šŸ™‚

  23. Bekah M. says:

    This really helped me, thank you so much! My best friend is getting married and she has this completely new life now. This just reminded me how little effort it takes to keep in touch and reach out. Love this amazing list!

  24. I totally know what this is like! After college I moved to Florida, and then back to my home town, and now I'm in Cali. I've had to learn to maintain those long distance friendships. Great tips!

  25. These are great tips. After moving abroad I lost contact to some of my friends. I'm glad there's Facebook though because even if we do not talk often anymore we are still updated at each other's lives through online.

  26. This is great advice! I've found that even the smallest of efforts (say a text) really goes a long way in keeping the friendship alive.

  27. Anonymous says:

    These are all great tips. My best friend lives in Paris, and we get to see each other once(ish) a year so texting, emails, cards and Facetime is the best way to stay close.

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