How to stay in touch long distance?

Overseas Relationship - A long distance relationship between two countries
United States
April 13, 2009 9:47pm CST
I currently live far from loved ones, but it is about to get even worse. My boyfriend is moving three time zones to the west and I am moving five time zones to the east! Right now, we live about 45 minutes from each other and have not spent more than a week apart in our two years together. We will both be gone for a year, and I'm trying to find good ways to keep in touch while we're apart. I am not the greatest at keeping in touch with friends and family who are far away, and I would like to get better, especially since I'll be moving soon. Does anyone have suggestions on how to keep in touch long distance? Have you been through something similar before?I have a webcam and a skype membership, but with personal schedules, I think skype calling will be difficult to schedule. I'm going to try my best, but all other suggestions are welcome!Thanks!
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@wahmivy (778)
• Philippines
15 Apr 09
That's tough. The longest I've been away from loved ones is two months and I missed them everyday (not that I didn't also have fun, but being lonesome for them crept in everyday). A webcam and skype should have you all set, but of course it's not the same as having them close by. Snail mail also works great as a treat or as a welcome surprise (esp if there's a little memento or whatnot included). You can actually get creative doing this. You can have a regular postcard exchange, would definitely be something to look forward to and keep you occupied (you have to hunt down really great postcards)... You can send a package of things you "sense" where you are (something seen, smelled, heard, touched, tasted...) Hope this helps. :)
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• United States
17 Apr 09
I like your snail mail ideas! I'll have to keep those in mind! Thanks!
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
20 Apr 09
Oh wow! That is a tough one. Good thing you live in the age of email, text messages and skype! At least you can share messages almost instantly when you need to communicate about something. Did you know you can now Skype from an iphone? That makes the technology portable and might make it easier to deal with the time zone/work schedule issue.
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@rocketsky (1013)
• China
14 Apr 09
i always made some long-distance all to all my friends and relatives ,but now most of my friends and realtives have had their own computer and it is very convinient for us to keep in touch through cumputer :)
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@mira91 (987)
• Singapore
14 Apr 09
How about get a cellphone plan that enables you to make long distance calls at a lower price? I'm not sure if there are such plans but i think there are in my country...Anyway, you both will make this work if you're in this together right? ^_^ If you guys are in this together then both of you will do whatever it takes to keep in touch..Maybe meeting once every two weeks, video call online using MSN messenger or something..You could always make things work because if there's a will, there's a way...that's what i always say ^_^ all the best! Regards, mira.
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• United States
14 Apr 09
I can't give you too much advice, but email is definitely a life saver for me. Yeah its not s personal as talking on the phone or seeing someone, but it is better than not communicating at all. :) Hope everything works out for you!
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@nadooa247 (1096)
• United States
25 Sep 11
Well you could buy a device known as MagicJack. One for you one for him, it's only $40 a year and you could plug it into any computer and use the built in microphone to call unlimited times to each other :) OR plug in a phone to the other side and use the phone to call one another :) It is how i keep in touch with my family! That i believe will be helpful :)