Maintaining any kind of friendship requires time and commitment. But living far away from each other does add an extra layer to that. Some people think that long-distance relationships and friendships are doomed to fail because they can’t withstand the time and separation. But coming from a West Coast California girl with an East Coast Boston BFF, it is possible to stay close (and it’s so special!). It just means that you might have to approach that friendship a little differently, because, simply put, it is different. Lucky for us, there are more ways to stay connected than ever before. So, whether you want to work on bettering your friendship or just want to maintain your closeness, keep reading for 13 simple ways to be a better long-distance BFF.