These days it would appear as if most relationships were long distance. So many people are now having to work further away from their loved ones than they first may have liked.
It can be hard to keep that sort of relationship alive, and this is often the case with very stressful and travel-situated jobs such as cabin crew, pilots, flight attendants, and even as far as sales reps! Think of how many times you have to travel for work purposes, and how often you are away from that special someone in your life, and you can soon see why learning how to maintain a long distance relationship is valid for most relationships, not just those that live in different countries, or even on other sides of the country.
Matchmaking can be hard work with a LDR, and most couples generally fall at the first hurdle. In the first throes of romance, it can be hard to be separated from your partner, if only for a few days, and most people find that this is when the biggest cracks will start to appear – what is he or she doing? Where are they going? What’s the deal behind that Facebook picture, or that Twitter post that they just left? When you work on different schedules, or even different time zones, it can be very easy to jump to conclusions, and even the safest of relationships can start to crumble.
That is the first thing that you will need to bear in mind with any relationship, but especially with the long distance ones – communication is key… as is a little patience!
You may want to rip your boyfriends head off for posting up a seductive pose with one of his work colleagues, but it’s three in the morning and you know he has a busy day at the office tomorrow. Be patient and wait until a more appropriate time to speak before you start giving him a mouthful of what you THINK is going on. Chances are the photograph was an accidental, cleverly posed one where nothing was going on, and he has a perfectly viable explanation for.
A very smart tip for anyone looking to embark on a long distance relationship, or are currently involved in one because of bus jobs such as cabin crew or pilots, is to learn about the various methods of communication you have available to you. Skype, internet-based messaging apps and mobile phones in general have made communication much, much easier, especially for incorporating the sexual part of your relationship. This is the one aspect of long distance love that most people find the most difficult to deal with, and although you may not have your partner alongside you, the gap between you doesn’t have to be quite as large as you first thought!