Creative Ways to Stay in Touch after Moving Long Distance
How to stay in touch after a move
Moving is an exciting opportunity to start fresh in a new place, but it also means leaving people you love behind. While this can make moving more difficult, the good news is that the digital age we live in makes it easy to remain close no matter how far away you are. All you have to do is make the commitment to stay in touch and then choose the best method. There are many ways to maintain a long distance relationship — you just need to discover what form of communication best fits your personality and needs.
Using technology to stay in contact with friends and family
Technology is a vital part of most of our lives, so why not use it to keep in touch? Try some of these simple ways to use technology to stay close to friends and family after a move.
Phone calls, emails and text messages
With our smartphones we can Google any question, check the weather and even shop or do our banking. With all the amazing applications our phones have, it’s easy to forget their most basic use — talking on the phone. For long distance relationships, a simple phone call can help you feel more connected to people left behind. Since life can get busy, try making a schedule and then stick with it. The results are well worth the effort.
If a time difference interferes with phone calls, emails or text messages can be helpful alternatives. Though they may seem impersonal, there are ways to make them just as effective as a call. Try:
- Sending photos to show what you’re talking about
- Spending time fully explaining something instead of trying to summarize
- Using the voice messaging feature available on many phones to send a quick story
By taking the time to create a conversation that’s similar to one you would have in person or on the phone, you can make emails and texts a reliable way to stay in touch.
Social media is another simple way to keep up with loved ones. Logging into your account and flipping through posts or pictures takes very little time and effort but gives a glimpse of what’s going on miles away. Check up on friends and family using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or one of many other sites. To help keep relationships from becoming detached, try not to rely on social media as your only form of communication. Simply use it to keep up with things, see pictures of events you missed and get ideas for what to talk about during the next phone call.
Even when you move too far away to have dinner with friends or spend quality time with family, you can spend time with them using video chat platforms like FaceTime, Skype or Google Hangouts. Not only can you hear people’s voices, but you’re also able to see them face to face. Like with phone calls, try scheduling a time every other week or even once a month to catch up. If you have multiple people to stay in contact with, consider setting up monthly conferences on Google Hangouts — up to 10 people can talk at the same time.
Other ways to keep in touch
As amazing as technology is at helping us keep in touch, it may make relationships start to feel more virtual than real. Every once in awhile, shake things up by planning activities that feel more like old times.
Mail letters and packages
One of the best ways to stay close to people back home is sending a handwritten letter or personalized package. There is nothing like the feeling of receiving something in the mail from someone you love, so try sending tangible gifts for special occasions or even just because. To start this tradition, consider:
- Sending care packages filled with things specific to your new location. Give loved ones a taste of your new home and share adventures with them through trinkets and pictures.
- Purchasing special stationary to make letters more fun to send and receive. You could even give stationary sets to close friends before you move!
- Utilizing online services to send things like flowers to a friend on their birthday or a meal to someone who isn’t feeling well.
To keep the feelings of homesickness at bay, plan a trip to see the people you miss. No matter how far away the trip is, it will give you something to look forward to and give you a feeling of closeness that no piece of technology can provide. If you live close enough to make the drive in a day, plan a long weekend trip and take turns visiting. If it is too far to drive very often, plan vacations together and meet in the middle. Whatever way you choose to see each other, try to always have a trip in the works so you can focus on a time you’ll be together again.
Maintain previous traditions
When you’re used to seeing someone on a regular basis, it’s easy to take simple things like watching a movie or going to the gym together for granted. To keep traditions like this going, simply do them from a distance (with a little help from technology). Ideas include:
- Choosing a TV show to watch together each week. Text each other during commercial breaks, live tweet or talk on the phone while you watch. Or have a movie night occasionally, and do the same thing.
- Starting a book club. Reading the same book and discussing it gives you something to share no matter how far apart you are.
- Exercising together. Take afternoon walks while talking on the phone or help each other stay accountable by talking about your fitness goals.
Focus on the future of your relationships
No matter how you choose to keep in touch with friends and family, remember to always make the effort. Make plans to see them often, talk regularly and continue making new memories.
Do you have any tips for staying in touch after a move? Tell us in the comments!