Long distance relationships are hard. That’s not really news, is it? When I was moving back to the US from England, Dan and I had to decide if we wanted to stay together. We had to decide if 4,000 miles was not only worth it, but possible. I spent some time searching for inspiring long distance relationship stories on the internet, but… I didn’t find anything!

But years later, we are still together. It’s not always easy, but it’s so incredibly worth it – and ultimately, that’s what it boils down to. Making a choice every day to invest in your relationship because it’s worth it to have that person in your life, even if you can’t physically be together.

With more and more people in long distance relationships these days, I decided to reach out to some of my fellow bloggers to share their inspiring long distance relationship stories. I’ve loved reading through their stories – many are now reunited after years apart, including myself and Dan whilst we travel on our round-the-world trip together.

I hope you enjoy these stories, and unlike my unsuccessful Google searches years ago, I hope they bring you some comfort that you’re not alone.

    “Dan and I met in a way even romantic comedy writers would roll their eyes at (you can read more about it here). In 2013, I was studying abroad in England for a year, and he was a British student at the same university.
    We met through mutual friends at a Halloween party and started dating after that. That eight month time span was the only time we’ve lived in the same town, during our entire relationship!

Since then, we’ve been in a long distance relationship until very recently. I’m not going to lie, it was rocky at the start, and we actually broke up for a few months. A 5 hour time difference is tough for anyone, and at 20 years old, that was a huge commitment. We weren’t very good at being broken up, though, and after only a few months we got back “together” – even though we were 4,000 miles apart.
After a year of international long distance, I moved back to England. I lived there for the next three years, but we were still long distance. With an hour’s drive between us, though, that didn’t seem bad at all.

Due to visa, health, and career reasons, I decided to move back to the USA in 2018. It’s been a lot easier doing the 4,000 mile distance now that we are older and more experienced at this whole crazy thing!

There are lots of ways we make our international long distance relationship work – I’ve written about it here and here. We also have tons of creative long distance “dates,” and we visit each other every 3-4 months (it helps that we’re both obsessed with traveling).

We planned our reunion for so long, and are so happy to now finally be together! Right now, we’re actually travelling on a round-the-world trip, beginning in South and Central America!”

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