Articles  How To Maintain Long-Distance Relationships

How To Maintain Long-Distance Relationships

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Articles  How To Maintain Long-Distance Relationships

Let’s face it: Long-distance relationships can be rough.

If you’ve been there, you know it all too well. It’s difficult to balance your friendships and your career with any romantic relationship, let alone one in which you don’t get to see the other person whenever you want. Plus, while romantic relationships can be wonderfully fulfilling, they’re work as it is. Factor in time differences, busy schedules, and miles apart, and you could really start feeling the strain.

But, thanks to technology, maintaining a LDR these days is easier than ever. Though IRL face time is obviously the best way to keep a relationship going, the ease with which we can get face time on our phones (whether through Snapchat, Skype, or, you know, FaceTime) can certainly make that distance gap feel narrower. And not that you needed an excuse, but being miles apart can be great for your sext life and improve your phone sex skills.

Ahead, we talked to a few people about how they maintain their long-distance relationships, from digital Chipotle dates to sending snail mail.

Articles  How To Maintain Long-Distance Relationships

“When we visited each other, we’d make plans to go see a concert, movie, attend some kind of event, have a beach day, just to feel like we could make memories together during the time we did share. We got into eating shabu shabu and would buy ingredients to make our favorite meals together when we visited each other.”

— Kaitlin

Illustrated by: Amrita Marino.

Articles  How To Maintain Long-Distance Relationships

“I started dating my girlfriend (now of 2.5 years) when I was in the middle of moving from NYC to CA. We had a passionate couple of weeks before I packed all my things and headed to the west coast.

“Neither of us knew what to expect, but we kept in touch by texting, gchatting, FaceTiming, Google-Hangout-ing, letters, and sending packages — and finally a long, three-month-anticipated trip for her to visit me. Our packages included printed film photographs, custom sexy videos…thumb drives of photos and playlists, silly cute trinkets, favorite sweaters with my perfume sprayed all over to remind her of my scent, and lots of handwritten love letters.”

— Nicole

Illustrated by: Amrita Marino.

Articles  How To Maintain Long-Distance Relationships

“My (now ex) boyfriend [and I] used to do FaceTime dinner dates at Chipotle. We would literally order and sit and eat while we FaceTimed, so it was like we were together, scarfing down our burrito bowls.”

— Serena

Illustrated by: Amrita Marino.

Articles  How To Maintain Long-Distance Relationships

“Agree on an evening, find a new recipe for dinner that neither of you have tried, FaceTime/Skype while both cooking it, then eat it ‘together’!”

— Adriana

Illustrated by: Amrita Marino.

Articles  How To Maintain Long-Distance Relationships

“My boyfriend lives in L.A.

“We love doing things ‘together’ even when we’re not together, and will watch a specific TV show, read the same book, or listen to the same podcast and then discuss.

“We’re always planning the next adventure and [we] really maximize time when we’re together. One Thanksgiving, we spent the holiday with his parents and then road-tripped to this mining ghost town I’d been obsessed with. In the car, we devoured all of Serial. So we had a lot of shared experiences in just a few days.

“We talk pretty much every day, too.”

— Amanda

Illustrated by: Amrita Marino.

Articles  How To Maintain Long-Distance Relationships

“My fiancé lives in D.C. We’ve been together six years, and almost two of the years have been long-distance.

“We do FaceTime, schedule trips to see each other at least twice a month, and send each other packages or gifts just because.”

— Krystle

Illustrated by: Amrita Marino.

Articles  How To Maintain Long-Distance Relationships

“My BF (now fiancé) and I STARTED dating long-distance when he lured me in by making a bet that ended in him having to snail-mail me 10 hand-written compliments over the course of a few months. Some came on a postcard, some came with flowers, and my favorite ones came with little chocolate treats. I lived in Minnesota, and [he lived] in NYC at the time.

“After we officially started [dating], we ALWAYS took advantage of business trips and booked them strategically around the weekends so we could get one leg of the trip comped. Work perks?

“Netflix/HBO Go also worked as a good date solution — although we didn’t actually FaceTime or phone…while watching the shows. We started watching a show I had never seen, together ( The Sopranos…) [and] we watched the seasons ‘together’ and texted obsessively.

“After dating about a year, I made sure that, on one of my visits to NYC, I brought out my girlfriends to experience it with me and get to know him for more than just a dinner — all of his friends and my friends got to hang out and meet, and it was great to get us all together and feel ‘normal.’”

— Kate

Illustrated by: Amrita Marino.

Articles  How To Maintain Long-Distance Relationships

“I’m currently in a long-distance relationship and have been for a year. We send each other old-school letters pretty frequently, and care packages (for the bigger occasions). We also use Snapchat a lot; it’s nice to see someone’s face! I also think talking on the phone is key. The biggest one, to me, is planning out the next time you’ll see each other; otherwise, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel!”

— Kara

Illustrated by: Amrita Marino.

Articles  How To Maintain Long-Distance Relationships

“FaceTime dates, care packages, and making sure we didn’t go longer than a month without seeing each other in person. We were both on the east coast, so we thankfully didn’t face the dreaded time zone challenge or anything like that.

We also made sure to put a time limit on how long we’d be long distance, so we had something to plan for.”

— Lauren

Illustrated by: Amrita Marino.

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