7 things you’ll definitely go through in a long distance relationship

by Joy Swasy****

Right now, we’re in a time that long distance relationships are prevalent. First, the popularity of online dating has made it possible to meet people miles away. Second, COVID-19 has forced couples to quarantine in their separate homes for months on end. 

While a long distance relationship, as defined by Oxford Languages, is “a romantic relationship between two people who live far apart and so are unable to meet on a frequent basis,” modern-day couples are compelled to separate themselves and face the obstacles long distance relationships have to offer during this unprecedented time. 

Long distance relationships have always been a topic of discussion in the wonderful world of relationships due to the perseverance couples must possess to maintain such a unique romance. 

As someone in a long distance relationship, I can attest to these seven things that will really put that perseverance to the test:

Running out of pictures to post.

When you’re in a long distance relationship, you don’t have the luxury of accumulating piles of photos with your significant other on a weekly, or even monthly, basis. 

Eventually, you might hit a roadblock where you don’t have a new photo to share on your Instagram story to commemorate your significant other’s birthday. 

Besides commemorating a birthday, sharing photos on social media can tell the story of your relationship and capture the uniqueness it has to offer. 

You might need to get creative!

Planning trips months in advance.

Having to plan trips so far in advance seems like a hassle, but it’s key to maintaining a long distance relationship. 

You don’t want to spend your time apart thinking about the last time you saw your significant other. You want to be thinking about the adventures you’ll be having the next time you see each other. 

This is especially intimidating to newly-distanced couples, but the internet offers a multitude of tips to tackle the task.

Figuring out who visits whom.

Trying to decide who visits whom can spark an argument among long distance couples. 

Don’t worry, there are a lot of long distance couples that argue, and there are a lot of solutions

Money could be tight for one, but the other may have already visited his/her partner’s home a couple times in a row and doesn’t want to make the trip again. 

There are endless sides to the argument. 

In a perfect world, each person would be visited the same amount of times and make the same amount of trips. 

However, this world is far from perfect.

Spending too much money on plane tickets and gas.

Long distance relationships entail a lot of traveling. 

Whether by plane or car, the cost of tickets and gas can really add up

As mentioned previously, financial problems can really get in the way. 

You might need to make some sacrifices when it comes to saving money for that trip you’ve been planning for months. 

Getting bored of every form of communication.

You’re texting, Snapchatting, Facetiming, and maybe even sending letters via snail mail. 

Long distance relationships need to get creative with different forms of communication since talking face-to-face isn’t an option. 

Despite getting bored of just snapping pictures back and forth, these unique forms of communication are key to maintaining the unconventional relationship. 

Deciding who is going to make the ‘big move.’

Closing the gap in a long distance relationship can mean making big sacrifices. 

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make is deciding who is packing up everything and moving to close said gap. 

Unless you decide to be in a long distance relationship forever (yikes!), this is unavoidable. 

It’s important to take everything into account when making this decision, especially how you feel. 

Missing your significant other when they’re miles away.

You could get lucky and avoid all the previously mentioned obstacles, but it’s impossible to avoid missing your significant other. 

Due to the unconventional nature of long distance relationships, it’s unlikely you’re able to hop in your car and take a short drive to your significant other’s house when you start missing them. 

Fortunately, many people are going through the same thing

Seeking online forums can be a great way to connect with others who are braving the elements of a long distance relationship.

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