It’s terribly romantic, isn’t it? Meeting someone overseas, falling in love, forgoing real life to hop on a plane to find them again, pining for them when you’re apart...
This is my reality right now, and yes, it is terribly romantic (more so through the lens of being a person who has read far too many novels centred on the above). However, it’s also incredibly tricky to sustain and build a real relationship when there’s an ocean between you and your partner.
The time differences, the missing out on major moments (I spent all of my boyfriend’s birthday crying as I missed him so much - a fact that the strong, independent part of me can’t stand), and the general, physical separation is really challenging.
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All of that said, nine months into our long-distance relationship, I feel we’re finally starting to find our long-distance groove. Here are eight ways we're making it work:
1. Date night.
There’s a lot of dating advice, about long distance love or otherwise, which encourages regular date nights between established couples. The current time difference between my boyfriend and I (he’s 17 hours behind) means we can’t really indulge in a true date night, however we try to make time, once a week, for an hour of video chatting in which we really connect.