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Long distance love – how to make it work

Long distance love - how to make it work

Finding that special person can be the most important experience of your life. However sometimes logistics may not be aligned with your heartstrings. Whatever the reason, just because mileage has wedged itself between you both, it doesn’t mean it’s over, not by any means. Here are some of our top tips for keeping the love alive.

Keep in touch
These days, it’s easier and cheaper to stay in contact than ever before. Gone are the days of expensive international phone calls and waiting days for letters to arrive. If you find your phone bill is racking up, speak to your mobile phone company as they’re bound to have a tariff that will allow cheaper calls and texts to your partner. Even better, why not talk face to face for free through online video calls? All you need is a webcam and it’ll feel as though you’re only inches, rather than miles apart.

Make plans
Make your time apart more bearable by having your next meet-up planned. That way you’ll always have something to look forward to. Chatting about what you’ll do when you’re finally in each other’s arms again is fun and flirtatious, and will keep you going on days when you miss each other. If you’re so far apart that frequent travel to each other’s cities will quickly break the bank, consider meeting half way. You could choose a different location each time, meaning you’ll have a new adventure whenever you meet!

Do things together
Just because you have several counties or even an ocean between you, doesn’t mean you can’t do activities together. You could read the same book at the same time, or both have a night in and watch the same film. Keep your webcam on so you can chat to each other while you do. How about writing a blog together to help other long distance couples? Shared projects such as these will bring you closer – and you’ll cherish the written memories in the future.

Send little surprises
Think of original ways to show your partner you’re thinking of them. Send letters or postcards; they do take a while to arrive, but that makes them all the more special. Text a photo of you at one of your mutual haunts; your other half might feel a pang of longing, but will also be pleased to know they’re in your thoughts. Order a takeaway from your lover’s local deli or bakery and get it delivered to their door; not only will they be surprised, they’ll also love that you remembered their favourite dish! If you’re not too far away, how about making a surprise weekend visit?

Trust each other
Trust is a crucial factor in sustaining a long distance relationship. Being miles apart means that you cannot – and should not – want to know where your partner is all the time. The last thing you want is your other half’s friends dreading inviting them out because they’ll be on the phone to you all night. Having a varied and interesting social life will make you all the more attractive to your partner, and will also give you plenty to talk about when you’re next in touch.

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