Dealing with Disapproving Families in a Long Distance Relationship

When you told people you were in a relationship that is mostly based online, you may have experienced some unpleasant or unsupportive reactions. You might have even avoided telling people all together for fear of that reaction. However, an unavoidable situation in most LDRs is having your family know about your relationship and experiencing the range of responses that may not be as supportive as you'd hoped. For some LDR couples, they are faced with complete disapproval of their relationship by their family and it creates an unfortunate strain between loved ones. One of the most important things to do...

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Meeting for the First Time: How to Cope with Nerves

Meeting for the First Time One of the most frequent questions we get is, how do I cope with nerves before I meet my long distance partner for the first time? And let me tell you, sometimes you don’t. Sometimes those nerves become impossible to shake until you're finally together. But the best thing about them is that this particular event that's making your heart beat out of your chest, is something that's important and special to you and it's worth the jittery, sometimes aggressive butterflies. Possible causes for nerves: Are they going to like me in real life? Am I...

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Storytime: Our First Physical Hello

4th September, 2016. 5.30am AEST. I sleepily said good morning to you on Skype, my nerves slightly muted from drowsiness. My brain wouldn’t allow me to comprehend that my life would be changing drastically by the next day; I was too focused on the fear of travelling alone for 20+ hours for the first time. We had some small talk, but it was mostly unspoken emotions being exchanged. We were both terrified of the unknown. "We broke apart for a few seconds, only to mutually feel weirded out by making eye contact for the first time and then pulled each other...

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Balancing a Social Life in a Long Distance Relationship

Previous Post: Things NOT to Say to Someone in a Long Distance Relationship For the LDR community, weekends often involve staring into the pixelated abyss of your partners face and finding ways to entertain yourself on the technological platform. No matter how little or long your relationship has existed, it’s extremely important to understand that while you’re apart, you must take care of yourself. Your own physical, mental and emotional health is always number one. From there, you can build a relationship build on the best parts of yourself including mutual happiness, trust and confidence.  Taking care of yourself sometimes means...

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Travelling Solo to See Your Long Distance Partner

    "What we all want in life: to travel, fall in love and be happy"   Long distance relationships and travelling go hand in hand; one does not exist without the other. Whether it be the first, or tenth time, travelling solo is almost always unavoidable in an LDR. We've seen a lot of our community struggle with the idea of travelling on their own as we know it's a huge step out of the comfort zone, but there are ways to make it a positive experience, rather then a dreaded period of time you have to endure before...

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Online Date Night Suggestions

When you’re in a long distance relationship, feeling connected can sometimes be a little more difficult than when you’re together in person. Maybe you feel like most of your time together is just watching a screen where your significant other is displayed, or that you don't have enough to say over the phone to keep the conversation alive. Date nights can be a great way to bring you and your significant other together for some quality time and make you feel closer. They often incorporate external sources to take the pressure off the attention required via video chatting, phone conversations...

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