How to Make Your Long-Distance Relationship Last

August 29th, 2017 at 2:00am

If you’re about to go off to school and leave behind a significant other, or you sense a budding romance with someone far away, I’m here to help you out.

Long-distance relationships aren’t easy, but that doesn’t mean they won’t last. I’ve been in one for about six months now and it’s been a roller coaster. I’m going to give you some tips on how to make the most out of this relationship.

Make Time

That’s not to say that you guys don’t already make time for each other, but in this situation, it’s detrimental. I get it. We all have our own schedules. Sometimes we get busy. Nonetheless, there’s no reason why you can’t make time for them. FaceTime and Skype are wonderful tools to use. It doesn’t matter if the conversation is only a few minutes long.

Don’t live in the same time zone anymore? In this case, use apps like Snapchat where you can send video messages to each other. Send old video memories you have together.


When situations arise, talk about them immediately. Don’t hold things in until you finally explode. Long-distance relationships have their own way of working. The other person can’t always tell what’s going on, so it is imperative to be as transparent as possible. Remain honest at all times. That is the only way the other person can support you to the best of their ability.

Small Gestures

No one is asking you to do all those things you see over social media with the rose petals everywhere and a candlelit dinner. For my six-month anniversary, I took our pictures and wrote a small love note on each of them. If the other person really has feelings for you, they will appreciate any token of love you give them. Keep it simple. There’s no need to break the bank to show how much you care.

See Each Other

Being in a long-distance relationship does not stop you from seeing one another. From the moment you guys separate, start saving up money to visit them. Airfare is costly, but a great way I was able to save money was selling textbooks I no longer needed and rented out the ones that I knew other students would use. These visits give you something to look forward to. Once you’re with each other again, you’ll feel those same butterflies you did in the beginning.

Keep an End Goal

I cannot think of a single person who would want to stay in a long-distance relationship for the rest of their life, and I’m guessing you don’t either. You and your partner need to make a timeline for when you’ll finally be back in the same place. In many cases, this serves as motivation to keeping working. As long as both parties know that this will not be permanent, you will be okay.

Have any more long-distance relationship tips? Leave them in the comments below!