So you’ve met some pretty awesome people throughout your travels, adventures, nights out and days here there and everywhere… now what? The amazing people that I do meet, I just can’t deal with the fact that I may not see them again. And whilst I realise this is a reality for a lot of the people I do meet, the second best thing is to keep in touch and wish them the best with their life. I like to think I’m pretty good at keeping in touch with people. And I do so because I just want them to know how much I value our friendship. So here are my ways to be the best modern day penpal with your friends around the globe!
Take advantage of social media. There’s no need to explain how revolutionary social media is to our everday lives. But make sure you take advantage of it. At the double tap of a finger you can like someone’s Instagram photos, send a snapchat, or like a Facebook post. Comment on someone’s photo telling them how much you see missing their face around, or just to say you’re thinking of them. While it may seem like nothing, it really does mean the world.
Make a phone call. Again, with the cost of phone calls being so cheap these days, there’s no reason you can’t call your friend (probably wouldn’t recommend for international calls but within your country, there’s no excuse). It doesn’t have to go for hours, but sometimes… just hearing the sound of someone’s voice is so comforting. It’s easier than texting back and forth, you can express your emotions and if you close your eyes, it’s almost like they’re there with you.
(If you can’t call your friend because they do live oversees and those fees are just too high) Record your voice. OK give me a chance to explain. I know it sounds weird but it’s actually the coolest thing to do. My friend who’s always galavanting around Europe and I usually communicate via voice recordings on Whatsapp. The time difference makes it hard to organise a skype sesh (and the quality is always shitty), and she doesn’t post much to social media because she’s so busy…. soooo sending voice recordings back and forth is the best. I usually sit on my bed and pretend as though she’s sitting at the other end. Sure it may look weird to people walking past your room and listening to you talk to yourself, but it’s the best thing to receive.
Snapchat!!! It took me a while to jump on the snapchat wagon, but now that I am, I don’t know how I didn’t live without it? I love sending snaps to my friends that I don’t get to see all the time just to fill them in on what I’ve been up to. And I love I get a snap of them on a night out with friends, or jumping on a plane, of their breakfast or when they’re hungover. It just makes me feel like I’m there with them.
(And if you’re game) Physically write a letter. Do you remember the last time you received a physical handwritten letter or postcard? You become overwhelmed with excitement, joy, intrigue and happiness! Now imagine one of your friends having the exact same reaction because of something you sent! It’s absolutely beautiful! Whilst sending parcels is like murdering your savings account, sending a letter or postcard is super cheap and the reward is absolutely priceless. I still have a whole box filled with letters, notes and postcards from friends and family, and it’s something I’m going to keep forever.
So as much as it sucks that you’re not going to see these amazing people around everyday, by doing the above things, it will definitely keep the friendship alive.
Do you have any tips or tricks to keep in touch with your friends overseas? Let me know in the comments below?
5 thoughts on “How to be the BEST modern day penpal”
Beautiful blog here Adelaide! I still love getting a good old postcard from my friends, the connection you get from a physical postcard is kind of unique and irreplaceable I reckon! Though I’m pretty slack on sending them out myself (lol) – definitely have to get better!
Nice read and I can’t wait to follow your journey. 🙂
Thank you so much Juliet, I really appreciate it! Completely agree, it’s the best feeling getting a postcard is the best and I too need to put in more effort to keep sending them! So worth it! Absolutely loving your Instagram too by the way! 🙂
Ahh, this was amazing Adelaide! I definitely think my favourite way of communicating is by letter – it’s so cool to put your thoughts down on paper, and they can re-read them over and over again. Plus I always love getting letters, it means a lot that they took the time out of their day to sit down and write!
Ah Steve I completely agree and thanks for the read!! It was like when we got our tingles over S4S weekend. It just means so much to actually read something handwritten by people you love! haha #cheesinessoverload
Haha yes, exactly! Just so heartwarming, I definitely will be bringing out my tingle jar next time I need a pick me up.
I absolutely loved your tingle btw ❤