The Perks Of A Long-Distance Relationship

The Perks Of A Long-Distance Relationship

Yes, there ARE perks!
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In contrast to popular belief, there are indeed benefits to having a long-distance relationship. I'm not saying long-distance relationships are always fine and dandy — I'm just here to unveil some of the wonderful things that can come out of being in a long-distance relationship!

1. You get to visit another place fairly frequently.

And when you visit your partner (or vice-versa) you're convinced you two are Aladdin and Jasmine...it's "a whole new world!"

2. You appreciate your time together much more.

And when you finally get to see each other, you make every second count.

3. Your communicative skills improve A LOT.

And you don't let any phone call go to waste!

4. You have your own adventures.

Yet you also get to share your adventures with your partner, similar to Gandalf and Bilbo in "The Hobbit."

5. You learn to let go of the little things.

That's right, just like Elsa.

6. You support each other from miles away.

And you realize that's the strongest support system that exists, which is awesome.

7. Surprises are a lot easier to keep.

No more accidentally finding presents in not-so-secret places!

8. With less physical contact you discover how great your partner's personality is.

(Hopefully!)

9. You feel like Sam and Frodo from "Lord of the Rings" when you're reunited.

Minus the burden of the ring, of course.

10. You realize the miles just don't matter.

And that your relationship is so much greater than the distance between you and your partner.

So next time someone goes off on a tangent about how long-distance relationships suck, whip out this list, and you'll quickly prove them wrong!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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21 Inexpensive Ways to Spend Time with Friends

Spending quality time with friends doesn't need to be expensive!

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Need some ideas on what to do with friends today? Low on cash but still looking to have a fun time with friends? Looking for some ways that you can spend some real quality time with friends?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you've come to the right place! A as college student myself, I understand the feeling of wanting to hang out with friends and doing something cheap but fun. Here's a list of 26 inexpensive ways you can spend the day with your friends!

Sing karaoke or answer trivia questions at a resturant

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This is something that my college friends and I do, and we LOVE it! Order an appetizer or two and split it amongst the party. Sing along to some of your favorite songs or answer questions for possibly some prizes! The best part about this option is that you don't even need to be good at either to have fun.

Play board games, card games, or complete a puzzle

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Everyone has board games lying around! Challenge your friends to beat you in fun games like "Cards Against Humanity", "Clue", or (dare I say it?) "Monopoly"! If you like role playing games, try out "Dungeons and Dragons". If you're looking for some new games, you can check out 5 Below for some deals too.

Have a bonfire

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There's nothing more relaxing than sitting around a fire with friends while roasting marshmallows for s'mores!

Go pick some strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.!

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What's great about this option is not only do you have fun picking the various fruits with your friends, but you are rewarded afterwards by getting to eat them!

Go to the movies on discount night/ stay in and have a Netflix movie night

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Check your local movies theaters to see if they hold any discount days on tickets. Often theaters will give discounts on student tickets so remember to ask! Additionally, check to see if the restaurants close to the movie theaters will give you discounts on food if you present you movie tickets.

Make a music video/ short film

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Okay, this is SUCH a fun one to do. Find a favorite song and make your own music video to go along with it! If writing is more your speed, write a short drama or a comedy with friends and shoot it on your phone. There is a 100% chance you will create new inside jokes and memories to last a lifetime when you do this.

Spend some time at the park

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Grab some tennis racquets, a football, a baseball, a soccer ball, or any equipment needed for the sport you are your friends are into, and have some fun at the park! If you prefer jamming out to music, check to see if there are any free concerts you and your friends can attend at the park.

Challenge your friends to restyle their old clothing/ Have a fashion challenge at Goodwill

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Find an article of clothing that you don't really wear anymore and restyle it! this can be as cheap as you want it to be, and you and your friends can get super creative with the challenge. If you want to step the challenge up, set a budget (IE: $10, $15) and find clothing to make a new and improved outfit. You could also set a budget and try to flip a single item too!

Go to the Beach!

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The most you would really have to pay for is a parking ticket! Bring some at home snack and spend the rest of the day swimming or making some sand castles with your friends!

Draw what you see!

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Go to the center of town (or really just any place/thing that's interesting to look at) and draw what you see. You don't have to be good at drawing to participate in this at all!

Taste test new foods

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If you're looking for something new and exciting on a tiny budget, go into a grocery store and buy 3-5 sharable items that you have never tried before/you would never think you would consider buying. If you're up to it, record your reactions!

Make a time capsule

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Creating a time capsule is a unique way to spend time with friends while putting history into a box. Put in photos, write letters, and add items significant to this era!

Try to write a song/rap/poem/create choreography to a song

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Similar to the film option, write something new with your friends. This is a fun way to channel your creativity and have endless laughs all day.

Go for a hike, long walk, or bike ride

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Spending quality time with your friends could be as simple as going on a walk with them. Sometimes we don't get to talk with them as much as we'd like to and this is the perfect way to do so.

Bake some desserts or have some ice-cream!

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Baking desserts can be cheap and fun! Cake mix goes for $4, and that's a small price for something delicious to eat. If you're feeling creative, try making your own desserts together with what you have in the house!

Check to see if there are any festivals around!

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Local festivals are always around- street fairs, car shows, and food truck events are just to name a few.

Get tickets to see a local theatre production!

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A great way to support the theatre while finding something entertaining to do for a minimal cost is to go see a local theatre show!

Go French Fry Hopping

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(This might be might personal favorite on the list!) Go to different fast food restaurants and order large french fries. Then, taste test them to see which is the best one. Is this just an excuse to each french fries? Yes.

Give Each other Makeovers

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Pick out some cute outfits and do each other's hair and makeup! (Bonus points if you have a photo shoot afterwards)

Visit some puppies at the pound!

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For most places you need to be 18 or older to do this, but visit some puppies at a pound or at the mall and spend time with them. They're just so cute. You can't resist.

Stargaze/ watch the sunset

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Another relaxing way to end the night, this option is great if you want to speed up the deep talks and stay up late for a goof casual time!

Have any more ways to spend time with friends? Write down below!

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