Finding your long-distance relationship tough to handle? Have a read of these wise words and help the course of true love run a little smoother!
Met someone fantastic on your travels but finding the distance difficult to deal with?
Take stock of your relationship this Valentine’s Day and follow this sound advice for dealing with the difficulties of long-distance love!
1. Pick up the Phone
Communication is key to sustaining love across borders.
Email sucks. Stay in regular contact over the phone (Skype with web cam is even better) and you’ll be better placed to overcome the obstacles posed by the distance between you.
2. Get on a Plane
Nothing beats quality time in real-time, real life!
Throw money at the problem, get on a plane and go visit your significant other whenever you can. Otherwise the passion will fade. A relationship can’t survive on memories alone.
3. Be Realistic
If there’s absolutely no chance of you being in the same country for any length of time at any point in the foreseeable future then there’s little point keeping the love affair going.
Face facts, be practical and cut the chord sooner rather than later.
4. Set a Deadline
Set a date when one of you is going to make a move. It’ll give you both a tangible landmark to look forward to and keep the relationship moving forward.
5. Test out the Waters
Don’t jump into the deep end. Take things slowly. Try out a 3-6 month period of togetherness before making any big commitments.
A gradual approach will help ensure success in the long-term.
6. Maintain Perspective
You may feel like you’ve been together a long time but bear in mind the actual time together in the same place.
Your relationship is most probably still in its very early stages so don’t get carried away.
7. Admit Defeat
All sorts of difficulties may emerge even after one of you makes a move: cultural clashes, missing friends and family, feelings of loneliness in an alien country.
These obstacles could be too difficult to overcome so it may be better for everyone to cut your losses and call it a day.
But – if you believe that love conquers all then don’t give up too quickly, it just might work!!
Had a disastrous long-distance relationship or one that ended happily ever after?! Let us know, we want to hear from you!
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