Hatty shares her tips on how to keep in touch with friends and family when you move away
One of the things that worried me about moving house was that we might lose touch with friends and family, distances making it impossible for a catch-up over a coffee. I needn’t have worried.
Here’s some simple suggestions for keeping in touch which I have found useful:
Open your house to visitors
We moved to the sea and found that friends and family were keen to come and stay. The distances involved meant they would tend to stay for a night or two (at least) which not only meant we had plenty of time to catch-up but also meant we got to know them better in lovely surroundings and with a more relaxed timetable.
Embrace social media
We weren’t huge users of social media before we moved but the likes of Facebook and Twitter are a good way to stay in touch at a distance. You don’t need to document every second of every day (in a “now I’m cleaning my teeth” kind of a way) but why not share pictures of your new location (especially if it is beautiful/historic/interesting), new things you are doing and big family moments. It’s a quick and easy way for people to post or tweet in response too, even when they are busy.
Fix a virtual drink
Before we moved, my best friend and I would often meet for an early evening drink. These days we schedule a Skype call with an obligatory glass of wine in hand. Air kissing on arrival is optional!
The old ways can still be the best
My parents are not fans of social media and haven’t really got into Skype. So, we pick up the phone and put it on speakerphone so our toddler can join in the conversation.
Make the effort
Ultimately, if you want to keep in touch you will. It’s a case of priorities. Make the effort with those that matter and they will do the same with you.
If you have ideas for keeping in touch at a distance, please share them here or on twitter using the hash tag #keepingintouch.