How Do I Make a Long-Distance Relationship Work?

Bethany Heinesh

Written by: Bethany Heinesh

Bethany Heinesh

Bethany has ghost-written hundreds of dating articles in the last 10 years for relationship experts all over the United States.

Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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Long-distance relationships

are a challenge but they can be done. In many ways, a long-distance relationship is much more enjoyable than the one that affords a couple the opportunities to see each other every day. It’s like the old saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

When two people are only able to see each other on occasion, it makes those occasions that much more special and intimate. Long-distance relationships require a unique type of commitment, defined expectations and unmistakable boundaries. For instance, is monogamy a must, or is it OK to see other people?

Furthermore, each party must be willing to stay in regular phone communication and set aside the time and money necessary to facilitate regular visits. Keep in mind, you will eventually come to a crossroads and have to decide whether one is going to move closer to the other. If neither is willing to budge, the relationship is never going to be more than what it is.

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