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Making It Work (Long Distance Relationship Advice)

When we dream of traveling the world, we don’t just think of taking a vacation, we envision a marvelous adventure: adrenaline rushes, exotic marketplaces, mouth-watering delicacies, romantic languages, breathtaking landscapes, and of course, passionate encounters with foreign strangers 😉

But what happens when that lustful exchange turns into a romance? And what happens when the travel comes to an end, but you refuse to let go of that romance?  Introducing: THE LONG-DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP (LDR) dun dun dunnn!!

Yes, it happens to a lot of us world-travelers.  Inevitably, chasing our dreams puts us into contact with people who have similar dreams.  So, it’s no surprise when we find ourselves desperately in love with a fellow traveler who just so happens to live on the other side of the planet.  This happened to me three years ago when I met my current boyfriend while we were both working on a cruise ship.

Over the past three years, we’ve been fortunate enough to work on a few more ships together, but we’ve also spent plenty of time apart in our home countries where we are an ocean (and a five hour time difference) apart.  And RIGHT NOW is one of those times.  It’s been over a month since I’ve last seen him, and our next visit probably won’t be for another month or two.  People often ask me how we manage to make it work, so tonight I thought I’d share a few tricks of the LDR trade 😉

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Practice Your Travel

I spent all summer working in the beautiful Mediterranean on a cruise ship and then a few weeks ago I fractured my wrist and got sent home on medical leave. Ugh!  Watching day-time TV and cooking lavish dinners was great for a few days, but I soon grew extremely antsy and couldn’t wait to get back out there!  I reflected on another time in my life when I was struck bad by the travel bug, after my first big travel adventure at the age of 19.  Once the trip ended, it was a few years before I landed my job working on cruise ships and started traveling again.  I was busy finishing school and pursuing my dreams for the stage, but I felt a constant, biting ache to see more of the world.  Finally, though, I realized that that just because I couldn’t hop on a plane the next day, didn’t mean that I couldn’t start preparing myself for my next adventure! Believe it or not, there are practices you can incorporate into your everyday life that will help to prepare you for your travel, when the time arrives!  Here are just a few rituals I try to incorporate into my daily life to keep me travel-ready: Read the rest of this entry