9 Amazing Things About Having a Long Distance Bestie

When your best friend is someone you grew up with and maybe even lived a short walking distance away from, it can be scary to realize you won’t always be so close – at least in proximity. Life happens, and people move away. Fortunately, thanks to technology, the world is a lot smaller than it used to be. You may not be able to have impromptu sleepovers, and show up unannounced whenever you feel like it anymore, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still stay as close as ever. After all, having a long distance bestie does have its perks.

  1. Road trips. Whether you’re driving all the way to her city for the weekend, or meeting her halfway for a quick lunch at a roadside diner, it can be nice to get away from home for a little while and just drive.
  2. You always have somewhere to stay when you’re in her city. No ridiculous hotel costs? A built-in tour guide to a new city that you actually want to spend time with? What could be better than that? You won’t be spending your trip in any tourist traps, that’s for sure.
  3. The partying hits epic proportions when you’re together. When you haven’t seen each other in months, you’re guaranteed to start drinking early. You don’t want to waste a single second of party time, because who knows when you’ll be able to do it again.
  4. You can’t get sick of each other. Not that you really think that’s even possible, but this way you never have to find out.
  5. You know you don’t have to see someone every day to be close. You’ll never be the clingy or needy type because you’ve learned how to maintain a relationship without being attached at the hip. It’s all about quality time, not quantity.
  6. A pen pal. Of course you probably text on the daily, but you can also send long emails, and even snail mail. Everyone likes getting mail that isn’t bills, so take advantage of it!
  7. Marathon Skype sessions, wine included. It’s not really that different than drinking wine in the same room together while wearing sweats. Either way you don’t have to put on any makeup, or leave the house. Win-win.
  8. Making elaborate plans for the next time you see each other. We should go to Vegas next time! No, let’s go to Cuba! No, let’s go backpacking across Europe! You’ll probably end up getting a pedicure, dinner, and going dancing just like always, but you can always dream.
  9. She isn’t involved in any drama with your same-city friend group, so you can always talk to her about anything. It’s always good to get an objective bystander’s opinion on something that’s going on in your life. Since she only casually knows the other people involved, she can probably offer an unbiased opinion.
  10. You learned to make new friends without having her as a crutch. When you were kids, you probably did everything together. But without her around, you’ve had to get out there and make new friends on your own. As much as you love her, having separate social groups will make you a much more well-rounded person.
By day, Courtney is a digital marketing copywriter living in Toronto, Canada. By night, she's a freelance lifestyle writer who, in addition to Bolde.com, contributes regularly to AmongMen.ca, IN Magazine, and SheBlogs Canada. Want to chat about relationships, Stephen King or your favorite true crime podcast/documentary/book? She's on Twitter @courtooo.