For any and all long-distance situationships.
Yes, that means with your significant other, friends, parents, family, and whomever else you can possibly think of and be missing right now!
Even though it's the year 2023 now, teleportation has yet to be invented, or at least, released to the general public haha. Travel is, in some ways, more accessible now than it has ever been before, however. And keeping in touch, no matter the distance, is certainly much easier to do now than it ever has been before. I'm here to help you learn all the different ways to make your long distance situationship (whether that is a relationship, a friendship, or something completely different) survive and thrive, as someone who has been there and done that, time and time again.
Hack #1: Stay in touch; Speak to each other.
This probably sounds dumb. Like, yes, stay in touch, duh. But no, not "duh". People think it's so easy to stay in touch, but I think it's quite the opposite. It's easy to lose touch. Keeping in touch takes active participation and effort from all parties involved! It's extremely easy to forget to text back one day, and then one day turns into a year, and a year turns into a lifetime. This can happen to any of us and it has certainly happened to me and many of my friends.
Social media makes it extremely easy for us to think we are in touch with each other. Sure, we see each other post stories of the brunch meal we ate, or life updates such as hard-launches of our newfound husbands, but staying in touch is so much more than that. It's about speaking to one another, in a personal way.
Social media is not the enemy. It's our friend! It helps us stay connected with the world and people who maybe we otherwise would not be be able to. However, in order to really "stay in touch", rather than just staying connected, it's important to talk to each other.
So when I say "stay in touch", what I mean is, speak! Speak to each other often. Below are some great ways to speak with loved ones you can't meet in person, for whatever reason.:
Hack #2: Long distance dates.
This might seem impossible to achieve, but it's fairly easy to have a long distance date (note: date does not have to mean in the romantic sense). Some date ideas were listed above in Hack #1. More date ideas are listed below.
Hack #3: Mail.
I touched a bit on this in Hack #1 but another great way to stay in touch is to mail your loved one(s) things. Not just letters, birthday cards, or post cards, but also packages with small gifts to remind them that you care. You can put all sorts of things in your package, such as local snacks, jewelry, or even a t-shirt you've slept in that smells like you (lol, maybe more appropriate for couples!). Use your local post office, instead of something such as FedEx or DHL, to mail your package and save yourself some expenses.
Also, of course, write letters/cards and mail those too! They cost next to nothing and are a great way to stay in touch.
Another great option is to mail gifts online. Amazon is available in many countries - hop onto their local Amazon (such as Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, etc.) to mail them a little gift on special occasions. Save them the duties tax!
That's all, folks.
That's all I can think of right this second. I'll certainly update this list as I think of more options, from reflecting on things my own friends, family, and S.O. have done to keep in touch, to thinking of new ideas! If you have any other ideas you want to share, please feel free to jot them down in the comments section, and I'll happily share (while giving you your due credit!).
My last bit of advice before I hop off is this: be intentional. I mean this for every aspect of your life, but especially with keeping in touch. As stated earlier, it's quite easy to lose touch, whereas staying in touch takes effort. A lot of it. So, if you want that friend you grew up with to be in your life forever, even though you two live in different continents now, or you want you and your long-distance relationship to work out, be intentional. And, of course, try to see each other in person as often as possible. It absolutely is possible to maintain friendships and relationships despite the distance, and my family, friends, S.O., and I are living proof of that. if we can do it, so can you!