In a Long-Distance Relationship? This Is How You Make It Work

The moment my husband and I met (more than 10 years ago) was like a scene straight out of the most romantic rom-com. I was backpacking solo through Europe and he was traveling with his brother when we first locked eyes as we checked into a hostel in Nice, France. They talk about love at first sight in fairy tales, but for us, it was real life. After two fun, wine-filled, heavenly days in the amorous beachside city, we parted ways with an email address and a promise to keep in touch. We continued our separate journeys through Europe—I headed toward Italy and Greece, and he went to Germany, keeping in touch with me via email until we both returned home.

At that time, I was an Aussie expat residing in London, and he lived in Arizona. We enjoyed (well, endured) a long-distance relationship for more than two years, with our longest time apart being six months. Keep in mind that this was well before video chatting or real-time messaging apps. I'll be honest: It was hard, and we both cried rivers, but we have one of the strongest partnerships now. I truly believe that the commitment, trust, and loyalty we developed as a couple are what kept us together. Though not easy, long-distance relationships can be a whole lot of fun, too. Here are some of the creative ways we kept our long-distance relationship fresh.