After all the ups and downs in your love life and all the misery of not being able to find the one, you have finally met the person who makes you feel like on top of the world and who you can’t imagine spending the rest of your life without. However, there is a catch. A huge one, actually. Measurable by miles.
Even though you believe that your love is strong enough, the constant struggle involved in keeping a long distance relationship can at times wear you down, and make you question if it’s all worth it. The constant juggling between different time zones, the endless phone calls, the texting, the Facetiming, the video chats, the worrying, the missing, the waiting, the planning, the travelling… As if keeping a relationship isn’t challenging enough, for long distance couples, everything is so much more complicated.
That being said, it is important to know that you are not alone in your struggles and challenges. People have been keeping long distance relationships since forever, even in the pre-internet era, when their ways of communication were much more restricted.
If you are blessed enough that you have met your true soul mate, remember that love is, after all, the most important thing, and so worth the initial struggle to keep in touch and organize meetings. If you need the additional encouragement to keep going, make sure to read through some of the most heartwarming stories about long distance love that managed to overcome being apart for so long.
Travelers’ love tale
It was only logical for Megan and Mike, two world-wide travelers to find each other on a trip. Even though Megan is from Australia and Mike from America, they both took a trip to Africa at the same time, which introduced them to a life of long distance relationship.
Despite the distance and pessimistic comments by people surrounding them, Megan and Mike have managed to maintain their long distance relationship for three years before marrying each other and starting a life together. Megan provides their recipe for successful long distance relationship – maintaining communication, romance and meeting up.
10 years of long distance love
For Carla and her husband, a long distance relationship is the way of life, ever since they first started their romance that would turn into a marriage with children, ten years ago. Being a military wife has many challenges, but they have managed to keep their relationship strong and their love lasting by using every possible means of communication available.
Strong love and commitment
Karen and Jonathan have learned that true love and dedication can always overcome even the toughest challenges of being in a long distance relationship.
A happy ending
After a couple years of long distance and parental problems, Tanu and her boyfriend have managed to get their happy ending and prove that a long distance means nothing when the feelings are real.
“One day closer and one day stronger”
One of the most encouraging pieces of advice on the struggles included in long term relationships are coming from Tyler Burnett, who learned through his experience of being in a long term relationships that it is all worth it.
From unexpected to long distance love story
Another great love story that went from unexpected to committed long distance relationship.
Ashley and Peter’s relationship started online and is going strong thanks to the technology that allows them to video chat at least once a day. They agree that communication is the most important thing for keeping a long distance relationship strong.
An improvised proposal
Beautiful and heartwarming story about a long distance couple who had to improvise on the traditional proposal and do it via Skype, yet they managed to endure all the hardships the physical distance involves, for the sake of love.
From longing to furniture cleaning
Hilary shares her beautiful love story that went from long distance to living together. She and her boyfriend Mickael have gone from longing for each other to adjusting to living together and respecting each other’s habits.
A serendipitous flight
Izabella and her now husband’s first encounter happened on a plane, following a couple of unplanned events that include his lost passport and changed flight. Their love and commitment keeps on getting stronger despite the challenges of a long distance marriage, before they can finally move in together.
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