7 Benefits Of Long-Distance Relationships

During college, my boyfriend and I were in a long-distance relationship on a few different occasions, from summer vacations to our study abroad. Now my boyfriend and I live in the same city, but sometimes it feels like we’re still in a long-distance relationship since we only see each other for a little while on the weekend. That may sound like a bad thing, but to be honest, there’s a lot I like about distance in a relationship.

Let me say, I still agree with all the things that make long-distance relationships tough. Do I wish we saw each other more during the week? Totally. But I’ve found that thinking about the things that I really do like about the distance in our relationship has made it more bearable. Here are seven things that I feel are benefits of long-distance relationships:

Have you ever been in a long-distance relationship? What was the hardest part? Was there anything you actually liked about it? Tell us in the comments!


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  • Ona Okeke

    I’m in a long distance marriage situation presently (newlyweds working in different cities). Thank you for these tips; they’ve really helped me see the silver lining in the cloud I’m currently living in. One big help for us though is we dated for very long and lived together in the same city for quite a while as well, so we know ourselves in and out; so, trust is not an issue. And the many memories we have of being together make being apart just a little more bearable.

  • trish jane

    I’m in a LDR with my island boy. we are both from two different pacific islands and so many seas apart. I miss him so much and wish to touch his face when i think of him. The benefit of a LDR is that i’ve learnt to be mentally and emotionally strong.

  • trish jane

    i’m in a LDR with my boyfriend. we’re both from two different pacific islands. We are so many seas apart;( and i miss him so much. The benefit of having a LDR is that i’ve learnt to become mentally and emotionally strong.

  • Birdy

    I’m in a LDR with a Norwegian, believe it or not we met through a game and it’s the best relationship I’ve ever had. I see him on video call nearly every night and I love every moment with him.
    LDR are definitely worth a try 🙂

  • seafoam

    i am in a LDR with italian boyfriend (25)
    we met in italy during my study abroad.

    I think if your relationship is healthy these shouldn’t be issues:
    -Value Conversations
    -Have different experiences
    -Don’t abandon friends
    -Avoid “Date Night Drama”

    ///Personal Space & Independence ///
    this is a good one to mention. people move in together too quickly! be careful!
    you may not know what you are getting into, it turns sour a lot. Either you discover you are not such a good fit, you fight, you become too dependent…
    ~~~~~~~~~~and if this is a legitimate long term relationship, why rush? = )

    (of course, italians don’t have this problem. They live with their family FOREVER. So spending the night is actually really complicated to arrange.) : /

    /// Gratitude ///
    Author is right, distance can give you a lot of perspective….and of course appreciation for simple things LIKE BEING ABLE TO TOUCH EACH OTHER.
    Or actually looking in each other’s eyes at the same time, which you can’t do on skype. You have to take turns staring at the camera. : /

    /// Serious!!!! ///
    An LDR is serious…the amount of money, trust, time, and dedication it requires to travel to see each other makes your relationship heavier.
    Marriage and Family Planning might start becoming part of your conversations.

  • Serrenity

    I am currently in a long distance relationship. I live in North Carolina and my boyfriend lives in New Jersey but we’ve been together for 2 years and 4 months now and it’s because of communication and trust (=