From long distance relationships to long distance running, often things relating to long distance are viewed negatively but just because these two words are placed in front of another does not automatically make this object, activity or relationship negative.

 

Of course something that is far away, especially friendships, can be inconvenient and difficult to maintain but you should never assume that there aren’t any positives too because you may be surprised to find that more often than not, the positives will usually outweigh the negatives.

 

With my bestfriend living in a different state and soon moving to America and a large list of friends that are my penpals, exchange students, exchange hosts, people I have met traveling, travel buddies.. etc, I definitely know what I am talking about when it comes to long distance friends, so here it is…

 

Why long distance friends are the best

 

Surprises

 

emily surprise

Flying to Melbourne to surprise my bestfriend was amazing for both of us!

 

Yeah yeah, friends that live around the corner can surprise you too but there is nothing quite like opening the door to see your bestfriend/friend on the other side who has driven, flown, caught a train; taken the time to plan and pull off this cheeky yet brilliant plan to spend time with you.

 

Or even better, seeing your bestfriend/friend react when they open the door to find you on the other side.

 

 

Snail mail

 

From a very young age I have loved putting together packages from long distance friends but I loved receiving them even more

From a very young age I have loved putting together packages for long distance friends

 

Letters and postcards are good and all but they will never be as exciting as a package filled with cool, foreign items (food is always the best).

 

This particular point can also be linked in with surprises especially if your postal systems are very unpredictable which for many they are.

 

You may know the date of arrival for you letter, package or postcard but SURPRISE it is 2 days early or SURPRISE it is several weeks late!

 

 

Bragging rights

 

Yeah this is just me and my french exchange student in France!

Yeah this is just me and my french exchange student in France!

 

Okay, so this point isn’t exactly about ‘bragging’ to your friends about how cool it is to have a long distance friend (okay, maybe it is).

 

Whether you’re eating some of the amazing food you received in the package and your ‘regular’ friends ask you where you even found all of that cool stuff and you get to say that your favourite long distance friend sent it to you or your ‘regular’ friends are talking about all these incredible places around the world and you can say that you have friends there, long distance friends are not only the best to have but they can also be pretty handy when it come to making you seem even more interesting than you already are which I didn’t even think was possible because we are pretty interesting people as it is!

 

Your ‘regular’ friends may get tired of hearing all of your awesome long distance bestfriend stories and get jealous of all the cool food you are eating but it is always good to know that your long distance friend is there for you (not there as in standing next to you but yeah, you know what i mean) which bring

 

 

You never get sick of each other

 

However, you may get sick of poor internet connections.

However, you may get sick of poor internet connections.

 

Again, this is a little bit of an exaggeration because what It really should be is that it is harder for long distance friends to annoy and bore each other or get tired of each others company but the current sub heading has a much better ring to it.

 

The reason for this is because these friends aren’t constantly around you, asking you to hang out and messaging you all the time.

 

They know and you know that if either of you need each other you have each others backs,

 

Also, if long distance friends do start to annoy each other they can easily spend some time without each other by simply not facetiming, skyping or messaging.

 

Always something to talk about

 

This photo doesn't exactly match the subheading but look how cute Tiana (my american host) and I are!

This photo doesn’t exactly match the subheading but look how cute Tiana (my american host) and I are!

 

Long distance friends are usually the friends that you don’t need to see everyday or talk to every minute because when you do see them and when you do talk to them it is like you never stopped seeing or talking to them, those are the best kind of friends you can get.

 

You and this friend live two completely different lives in different cities which means that you always have different things to talk about.

 

Although, some of the time you may have no idea who or what they are talking about because things are so different it can end up being really interesting and just like an addiction to a television show you keep wanting to know what is going on in these places and peoples lives that you don’t really know at all but it feel like you do.

 

 

New places, new people

 

Australian girl takes on American Prom!

Australian girl takes on American Prom!

 

As mentioned above long distance friends will often talk about these places and people that they know and live around but it is not only conversations that introduce you to these people and places, if you are lucky enough you will get to be around them and experience them for yourself!

 

These new places and new people can even lead you to more new places and new people. It is a beautiful cycle of long distance friends.

 

 

Free accommodation

 

Shoutout to Em again for this one!

Shoutout to Em again for this one!

 

For those of you who have not seen my ‘How to: get free accommodation’ post, you definitely should and for those of you have, you know that friends are the answer!

 

I really don’t need to explain too much about this point because everything you need to know is in the free accommodation post and it pretty much speaks for itself anyway especially with added information from the point above.

 

More effort

 

Another shoutout to Jeanne my French Friend!

Another shoutout to Jeanne my French Friend! (in Australia this time, if you couldn’t already tell)

 

A lot of people think that having to put more effort into a friendship is a negative but that is not always the case,

 

I do not know if you all agree but to me the more effort you both put into the friendship shows the more you care about each other as well as highlighting that you both want to build your friendship.

 

Yes, it can get exhausting and difficult sometimes but more often than not these long distance friends are worth the extra effort!

 

Your time together is always the best

 

Caseroo and I may only see each other every 4 years but every time we are together it is always filled with laughter and fun

Caseroo and I may only see each other every 4 years but every time we are together it is always filled with laughter and fun

 

Similarly to the points about always having things to talk about and new places/people, because there are so many different things in each of your lives it is always so much fun to be there with them or them with you.

 

It may seem overwhelming at first to have so many differences and trying to see how you fit into it all when you are with them but it is surprising how easily you can blend with each others lives.

 

You never know, they might have been bragging to all of their ‘regular’ friends about you!

 

With long distance friends, when you do get time together, you make sure to make the most of it because often it is short and the time in between seeing each other is long.

 

It is almost like you should try to squeeze in all the time you have missed within a tiny period of time but whether you can or can’t do all the things you wanted the most important thing is that you are finally with you long distance friend and you are pretty lucky to be together!

 

“Distance means so little, when someone means so much”