10 Reasons To Have Long Distance Friendships 

Maintaining friendships can be difficult but even more so when they’re long distance. I have many friends who live away from me. Whether it’s across the country in Scotland, or across the world in Canada. During the last 3 years I’ve made so many friendships with people who I don’t see on a regular basis but that doesn’t mean they’re any less a friend to me than the ones I see on a weekly basis. I appreciate all my friendships but the long distance ones are the ones that you should be most grateful for. Why you may as. Well, here at 10 reasons why we should all have a long distance friendship. 

1. They make so much effort to keep the friendship going. I have a friend who lives in Canada and that 5 hour time difference is often difficult. So even just staying awake a little longer to make sure I speak to her is so meaningful.

2. They’re easier than people think. A simply message or a phone call once a week can really make someone’s day. You don’t have to spew to them every day, just now and again to let them know you’re still alive and well. 

3. You get to travel! Who doesn’t love a reason to visit a new country, city or town? I know I do. I love that I have reasons to visit my friends all over the world! I have a friend who has just invited me to visit her in Dubai whilst she works. It’s an amazing opportunity and one that I’ll most definitely take her up on. 

4. They’ll listen to you rant about the people who annoy you and they’re always on your side. Admittedly, they’re often biased as they sometimes don’t know who you’re talking about, but they’re on your side and that’s the most important thing! 

5. You always have something to look forward too. You may not see them right away but this way, you know you will eventually. 

6. You don’t fight! You don’t spend enough time together to annoy each other or find flaws. They’re perfect forever. 

7. Whenever you think of them you’re always reminded of certain events and memories. It’s lovely to look back on old times. 

8. You’re both so comfortable with the fact that you each have other friends. You’re guilt free when it comes to hanging out with other people and they understand. 

9. Long distance means long term. If you can survive a year without seeing them and meet up like everything is normal and you saw them the day before. They’re a friend for life. 

10. The bond between you both is often stronger than a friend you’ve known your whole life. 

I have so much love and time for all my friends but the ones I have around the world, well they’re some of my most treasured friendships. Ones that I know I’ll have forever. 

However, this is especially dedicated to my friend Jessica Wallace. The girl that moved into my student house unexpectedly and became one of my very best friends who I love so dearly. I miss you, my little maple syrup! 

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With love, Beth x 

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What’s In My Suitcase

I’m heading away in just 1 week and because I’m so incredibly organised I started packing weeks ago (just can’t help myself) and I thought I would take you through what I’ve packed with me to take away on my trip. As I am working with children on a summer camp all summer I made sure to pack plenty of things that I’ll need to keep me going throughout working but also a few items that I’ll need for when I’m travelling after and when I have days off. I

I made sure to take at least a 8 days worth of clothing but I will be wearing a staff t-shirt (I have 8) every single day so I don’t really need many t-shirts but I did take 8 just for when I travel. I also have my clothes washed weekly so I’ve taken 8 to make sure I have 1 day’s worth of clothing whilst the others are being washed. Each member of staff were given a recommended packing list which I have actually taken into account so I’ll just jump straight into it. 

  • 8 pairs of shorts. 
  • 8 t-shirts. 
  • 1 pair of sports leggings. 
  • 1 pair of jeans. 
  • 14 pairs of underwear. 
  • 20 pairs of socks (highly recommended because they go missing). 
  • 1 Zipped hoodie. 
  • 2 pairs of trainers. 
  • 1 pair of walking boots. 
  • 1 pair of sandals. 
  • 1 towel. 
  • 1 raincoat. 
  • 2 swimming suits.
  • 2 bikinis (for after camp as we aren’t allowed to wear them in camp).
  • 3 dress outfits for the evenings: 2 dress, 1 skirt, 1 playsuit. 

There is a optional list of personal items that include things like a flashlight, sleeping bag and linens but these are things I’ll purchase when I arrive and dispose of before heading back to the UK. 

Personal items: 

  • Sunglasses (packed in carry on). 
  • Baseball cap. 
  • Backpack. 
  • Waterproof watch (with alarm as we aren’t allowed phones in cabins). 
  • Toiletries + makeup. 

I haven’t bothered to pack a hairdryer or straightener because I don’t think I’m going to have time to straighten and dry my hair all the time. I have packed elastics and hair bobbles though because my hair will mostly be up all the time or in braids. I haven’t packed as much as I probably could have because I thought I would just go to the Walmart or Target and get anything I may need like a fan and other things. 

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Barcelona & Salou, Spain // 2016

At the beginning of our summer, Matt and I went on our first holiday to Spain. We spent 5 days in Salou and then 4 days in Barcelona. It was amazing, it was the best first holiday we could have had and I’m so looking forward to another trip away with my handsome. Barcelona is a busy, busy place. It’s bloomin’ huge! but regardless of the size, it’s a beautiful place and is full of history, stories, and imagination. It has the most gorgeous little streets and the people are so polite and welcoming. It really is a truly captivating place. The best thing about Barcelona was definitely the fountains, they’re on every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening and are fabulous. Sagrada Familia was fantastic and represents so much history of the city and Park Guell was amazing, in such a stunning location and is a beautiful area to relax and embrace the Spanish culture.

The food is to die for as well, we fell in love with this little restaurant in Cap Salou, called Smugglers. They do the best pulled-pork nachos and my mouth waters every time I think about them. We actually spent a fair bit of time in Port Aventura Theme Park and Water Park, they were the highlight of our trip for me. I love theme parks and water rides and lazy rivers are just the best things when you’re in the sun all day. If you ever get to visit, my favourite ride was Shambala. You should check it out, it’s so smooth and fun to ride and the views are even nicer.

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Park Guell, located in the northern face of Barcelona. Designed by Gaudi.

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Port Aventura Park, Salou.

 

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The view from the hotel.

 

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Smugglers restaurant in Cap Salou.

 

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Port Aventura Water Park

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Waffle with Nutella from the Port Aventura Waterpark.

 

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View from the Las Arenas Shopping Mall.

 

 

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Barcelona fountains, located at the head of Avinguda Maria Cristina in the Montjuic neighbourhood.

 

 

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Travel Bucket List

I recently wrote a post about starting my bucket list which I wrote a few things that I want to do in my life, one of them was actually to travel abroad alone. I feel like travelling is something that everybody should do at some stage in their life, I understand that some people like to stay in their comfort zone. However, I for one like to see new things and experience a way of living differently to my own. This year, my Boyfriend Matt and I went to Salou and Barcelona in Spain in we loved it. It’s definitely inspired me to explore and see more of the world whilst I’m young, whether I’m alone or with others.

New York City, USA

Queensland, Australia

Florence, Italy

Santorini, Greece

Lapland, Finland

Los Angeles, USA

New Orleans, USA

Vancouver, Canada

Agra, India

Budapest, Hungary

These are just some of the places that I’d love to spend some time in and experience the music, food, life and see things outside of Wales. I’d love to go shopping on Rodeo Drive, visit the TajMahal, be in Lapland during Christmas, New Year in New York and listen to live music in New Orleans. All of these places have a culture and a way of living that I wish to experience, something that is different to my life in Wales. A temporary time break from my day to day life at home.

However, I totally understand that visiting these places and travelling across the world will be very costly and are just dreams for the time being until I’ve finished my education. I’m not looking to travel all places in the world just a few that I know will make a difference to my way of thinking and living.

Travelling allows you to become more educated as you’re giving yourself the chance to learn more lessons and grow as an individual. You’re able to reevaluate your priorities and learn to value the experiences you have and appreciate the life you were given. You become to understand that packing lightly allows you to realise that you don’t need jewellery, clothes and makeup to survive in life and make you happy. It’ll teach you to take day by day, stop planning too far ahead and life is short so do the things that make you happy. Travel, explore and be excited to take on the experience.

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