Real stories of long-distance relationships from couples around the world
Sadie & Ryan
📍New Zealand / California
Sadie runs S.S. Photography & Design in Boise and beyond, documenting couples’ most awesome moments together.
“About a month after we started dating, Ryan left to study abroad in New Zealand for a semester, while I was back at Boise State University for my sophomore year.
During that semester, I ended up accepting an internship in California, which meant that I would be gone for the entire following summer, while Ryan took summer classes at BSU. (If you’re doing the math, that means that after a year and a half of dating, we were finally together as much as time as we had spent apart.)
While I know there are people who have done long distance much longer than we did, I still feel like our time on two different hemispheres was a huge piece our story, and how we grew in our relationship.
Now married, we can look back on that time as an intentional part of our relationship that helped prepare us for marriage.
There’s so much more that I could write on this, and so many conversations that I’ve had with friends over coffee about long distance relationships. But, just know that there’s so many people out there rooting for you. (I am, for sure!) Though it may seem like a never-ending wait until you’re finally back in the same place, embrace the time that you have apart, and make the most of it!”
Tee & Justin
📍Georgia, USA / Virginia, USA
Tee travels the world and blogs about it on her website, A Sip Of Tee. As of July 2020, she and Justin have been long-distance for 1 year out of their 4 year relationship. They’re looking forward to moving in together soon!
“I have been dating my boyfriend, Justin, for four years and we have been in a long distance relationship (LDR) for a little over eight months now [as of April 2020]. Whew, and boy let me tell you, the LDR did not start off easy. After a few trials and errors, we finally got the hang of it. A long-distance relationship is like taking up a new hobby —you get out of it what you put in it.
Currently, Justin lives in Richmond, VA and I live in Atlanta, GA. It’s about a 550-mile difference. Yeah, who would want to make that drive? So we’re both stuck with making this work until we can be together again. I’m not going to sugar coat it, a long-distance relationship is TOUGH and requires a lot of work, love, trust, and commitment. If you or your partner are not willing to do those four things consistently, then it’s probably not worth putting you both through hell.”
I know its cliche, but if we can make it through a year of this then we can make it through anything, and so can you and your partner.
Read Justin and Tee’s full story here, including their 13 survival tips for long-distance couples!
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