I used to swear that I would NEVER enter into a LDR (long distance relationship). However, we all know the famous saying, “never say never” because I have recently came to the conclusion, that long distance relationships aren’t so bad, and heres why:
1. You don’t have to be presentable all the time- you can have off days.
One of the biggest things I do in a relationship is always make sure I look my best, even if that means going to extra mile to wear jeans when I really just want to wear my sweatpants and a baggy tee. But, if you are in a LDR, you can have a lot more “off days” because you won’t be seeing your significant other as often as you would if you both lived in the same city.
2. Communication 101
Communication is a huge part of any relationship. If you are in a LDR, than you are forced to work on your communication skills, because sometimes communication is all you have if you aren’t able to splurge for that monthly plane ticket every month.
3. Commitment is Key
If you’ve ever been in a long distance relationship, than you know that it takes work. If two parties aren’t equally willing to put in the effort, then it won’t last. So, one of the benefits is that you can be a little more reassured that your significant other is really committed to you, if they are indeed putting in the extra work
4. Skype Flights vs Real Flights
Luckily technology has evolved so much that you don’t even have to take real flights to see your significant other, you can just have a Skype or FaceTime session.
5. They Force You to be Independent
We all know those people who lose themselves in relationships. The ones who stop talking to their friends and loved ones, simply because they are in a relationship and want to spend all of their free time with their mate.
Well, that is virtually impossible in a LDR, so you are forced to do things that you want to do and keep your separate social life and friends. Living apart from your mate is a great way to preserve the essence of who you are even though you are in a relationship.
6. The Relationship is More than Physical
There is no “friends with benefits” or confusing “situationships” in a LDR, because it just isn’t feasible. In a LDR you don’t have to wonder if your mate is just with your for physical benefits, because LDR by definition are everything but physical.
7. “Me” Time
I’m an introvert, so I get my energy from being alone or doing things by myself. So, with a LDR I can truly embrace my alone time while still being in a relationship. So, it’s like the best of both worlds!
If you love to travel, than you’ll love a LDR. Often times couples alternate travel dates and weekends so one person isn’t doing all of the traveling.
My best friend’s husband lived in Hawaii because he was in the military, while she was living in NC, so hey what better excuse to go to Hawaii, and have a #baecation.