Moving abroad is all about moving forward. It means you will experience a new culture, meet new people, and broaden your horizons. But it also means you’ll have to leave your old life behind – and that includes your friends.
The good news is that with today’s technology and means of transport, keeping in touch won’t be impossible. The bad news is that it will still take a lot of work. In order to help you figure out the best way for you and your friends to stay in contact once you move across the world, we at I Love Moving have put together a short guide. Without further ado, here are some of the most efficient ways to keep your friends up to date with the happenings in your life.
Sure, social media websites have their disadvantages, but in your particular situation, they can be super useful. Websites and apps such as Facebook and Instagram allow you not only to chat with your friends, but also to share content with everyone. Besides, you can easily control who has access to your profile and you can limit that list to your closest friends and family if you choose to.
Invite Them for a Visit
Once you move, settle down, and get accustomed to your new lifestyle, invite your friends to come visit you. They will not only get the chance to travel somewhere new, but also to catch up and spend some quality time with you. You could take them on tours around your new hometown, introduce them to your new friends, and just have fun.
Come Up With A Routine
Depending on where you are moving, the chances are that you and your friends won’t be in the same time zone any more. This will make keeping in touch harder, so you should make an effort to create a routine that works for all of you. Pick a day, and the time of day when both you and your friends can take some time to video call each other. This could be during your morning coffee or after you get off from work. Without a set routine, it will be too easy to gradually stop talking.
Some Friendships Will Inevitably Fade
When it comes to maintaining a friendship long distance, there is only so much you can do. As we grow older, or schedules get more hectic, and some friends will inevitably fall through the cracks of your new life. It will start off with the enthusiasm of keeping in touch slowly fading, and soon enough you will find yourself only talking to them to wish them a happy birthday or to share some big news. Maybe you catch up over a coffee once you go back to visit, and promise each other you’ll talk more, both of you knowing that it will most likely not happen. And that’s okay. People move on, and you will always have some fond memories of that person to go back to.
We hope you found these tips helpful and we wish you luck with turning a new leaf in a foreign country.