Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you CAN’T pass up, but it can be tempting to when you’re in a relationship with the guy or girl of your dreams. Not only will you be a long plane ride away from each other, you’ll also have time differences, limited internet access, and other factors that will make it hard to communicate while you’re apart. But it IS possible to survive studying abroad while you’re in a relationship– read on for our tips on how to keep your relationship alive when you’re thousands of miles apart.
First– DON’T miss out on ANYTHING
The worst thing you can do for both yourself and your relationship is to hold back while you’re studying abroad. Go out at night, travel on the weekends, and make new friends. If you miss out on all of the fun because you’re too busy skyping with your boyfriend, then why did you even bother to study abroad? You could do the same thing at home for a lot cheaper. We know that it’s tough to be away from your significant other for so long, but keeping busy and having fun will help keep you preoccupied.
Keep a blog
We’ve said it a million times before– blog while you’re studying abroad! In this case, not only will a blog keep your family and friends up to date on what you’re doing, but also your significant other. It will help him/her feel more included in your life– when you talk about what’s going on in each other’s lives, they can put names to faces and can see what your life abroad really is like.
If you have no idea how to start a blog, read this post on How to Start a Blog For Your Study Abroad Semester.
Schedule Skype dates
It’s tough to find time to Skype when you both have class, social commitments, and a time difference in the way of letting it happen. The best way to over come this is to schedule your Skype calls. That way, you both know that you have to be home and ready to Skype at a certain time. Even if it’s just for a ten minute call as you’re getting ready to go out for a night of fun, you’ll get to at least say hi and see each other. Just make it work!
Still do the little things
When you’re in the states, you take for granted how easy it is to do the littlest things, like a text saying hi or posting a photo of you two on Facebook. But without 3G and reliable internet, it’s certainly tougher while you’re abroad, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it! Doing thoughtful things like sending a sweet iMessage when you connect to Wifi, taking a photo of something that reminded you of your girlfriend and posting it on Instagram, or recording a Skype video message when you both are too busy to chat will go a long way in keeping your relationship alive.
It’s a bit cheesy, but if you want a cute way for you and your guy or girl to interact privately while you’re abroad, download the app Couple, which was created for couples who are far away from each other. Not only can you can message each other on it, but you can send photos, draw pictures together, and even “thumb kiss”– you both press your thumb on your screen and your phones vibrate when they match up. If it helps you feel a bit closer, then use it!
What tools do you plan on using to survive your long distance relationship while you’re abroad? We love recommendations, so let us know in the comments!