When you and your best friend are not just miles or kilometers, but continents apart, you can make the distance feel shorter without any tear-inducing moments.

So while your best friendship might change a little, the long distance doesn’t have to be the end of your closeness because things don’t have to be this way.

And even though you now rely more on technology, you can still commit to the “my-friend-knows-me-better-than-I-know-myself” adage with these 9 tips.

BE PREPARED FOR THE BOAT TO ROCK

Something will suddenly and inevitably come up right before the scheduled video chat, so things like these might bring unwanted changes in your relationship, so you will now have to all your thoughts into vocals now. Believe me, it will be a challenge, and we can’t say that you can avoid it, but how you choose to deal with it will say much about you and your feelings towards this relationship.

STALK EACH OTHER ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Everybody has a Facebook and Instagram account, so scroll down their feed to check what they’re up to if you can’t drop in the usual, “hey, what’s up?” text. Like and Comment and show them that you’re watching everything.

THEIR FAMILY IS YOUR FAMILY

You’ve known each other forever, so you’re practically family now, and therefore, their family is yours and vice versa. So meet them whenever you can, drop a surprise call or just show up with random plans. You can even plan lunches together to stay in touch. This way you the ache of each others absence might lessen.

SHARE RANDOM PHOTOS REGULARLY

Sometimes there’s nothing really important to talk about, so you send them random pictures because sometimes the most mundane of things can bring a lot of joy to the person who’s far away from you.

PLAN ANNUAL VACATIONS

No feeling is better than planning mini or annual vacations together. And sometimes you can even meet each other halfway. Planning for the future sweeten the moment when you actually see each other.

SCHEDULE VIDEO CHAT OFTEN

There are so many video calling apps that you can use because face-to-face conversations have a certain kind of intimacy and it makes everything seem a bit more natural and exclusive. So either you plan or make a surprise call, make sure to video chat more.

DON’T GET JEALOUS OF THEIR NEW FRIENDS

You want the best for each other, so both of you will need a social support system to go around without you, so it’s best not let an emotion like jealousy creep into your already-beautiful relationship. Although it’s natural to feel this way, but don’t allow the negativity distance you from each other just because they have new friends.

KEEP THE 50/50 BALANCE

Maintaining a balance is the key to any relationship. For eg. don’t call your bestie to whine about someone else and forget to hear what they have to say, don’t stop focusing on each other between your complaints.

NETFLIX AND MUSIC

Loving the new Sam Smith song? Share the YouTube link on their Whatsapp, or if you’re hooked to a new show, let them know. Follow each others tastes in shows and music because sometimes watching and listening to the same music makes you feel closer.

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Written by Faryal Syed
Asst Editor. Blogger. Enthusiast.