You know that cliché about how absence makes the heart grow fonder? Total horsesh*t. I should know: My boyfriend and I have been in a long-distance relationship for the past two years. Living 900 miles apart will leave you cranky, strapped for cash (plane tickets aren’t cheap), and unintentionally celibate — but definitely not fonder.
That said, it is possible to survive the distance and still have a strong, healthy relationship … as long as you follow this advice.
Tip #1: Video Chat Regularly
… And not just for sex (although no one here is knocking Skype sex). Whether you use Face Time, iChat, Google Chat, or Skype, being able to see each other while you talk about your annoying coworker or the hilarious thing your buddy did at the bar adds another layer of communication that helps you stay close. Video chatting is an especially good idea when you’re arguing; your normal tension-dissolving tactics don’t translate as well over the phone. If you can see her smiling at your Tracy Jordan impression, you’re halfway to makeup (Skype) sex.