Long distance relationships seem to strip away the best parts about being together. No warm hugs after tough days, no kisses on the cheek in the morning, and no more seeing each other everyday. Though your everything might not be there physically, you can still show them how much you are missing them. Get a little sappy and try out one of these ideas next time your beau is away:
Want to go see that movie together in theaters, but the movie tickets aren't worth the plane ticket? Find a time you can both go on the same night. Have a Skype date afterwards over dessert to talk all about it. If Netflix is more your cup of tea, there's a site that lets you watch things online together (which is adorable).
Snail mail a hug
Spritz on some perfume or cologne on a tee shirt, and place it in an envelope for your special someone. You might not be able to give them a hug right then, but a soft tee shirt or a pillow (with a cute message scrawled on a corner) might be the next best thing.
For Android users, there's a cute app that lets you share lock screens with another person…think about writing a little message or sending a heart or two that instantly will be shared with whoever you choose. It's an easy way to keep an instant smile on your face, all day long.
So sad, you lose!
Texts throughout the day are a nice touch, but add a little more excitement by challenging your beau to an intense game of "words with friends" or "trivia crack". Make the stakes a little higher by claiming that the loser needs to buy dinner next visit.
It's a date
Though you might not be in the same city, state, or even country, keep a date night. Both of you could video chat while at a concert, going for a walk in your city, or while visiting an art museum. Dress up all nice and do the date thing, but digitally.
You've got (snail) mail
Love letters aren't as convenient as a text message, but they sure mean a lot more (and make the cutest keepsake for your kids to look at years from now). Send an old style love letter, and seal it with a kiss.
So a to-do list doesn't sound like the most romantic thing every, but sending a cute "to-do" list to your honey is exactly what your long distance relationship needs. Have them take a picture of them doing every item on the list (make a favorite recipe, find a dog that looks just like ours, take a picture with someone who looks like me in 30 years) and send you the results.
Send flowers, balloons, or even a letter full of hearts or glitter at a random time during the week. Obviously, birthdays and anniversaries mean a package or letter, but receiving some unexpected mail during the week would brighten anyone's day.
Stingy phone calls
It may sound counterintuitive to not talk everyday on the phone, but there's an upside to only talking every couple of days, or only talking for 45 minutes or so each day. You will need to really focus your thoughts and time to make sure you get a solid conversation instead of just listlessly running through every detail of your day.
Clue by clue
Send a small envelope stuffed with a handful of puzzle pieces that when finished, forms a picture of the two of you. Send a message if you'd like, but keep up the mystery by only sending a few pieces every week or so.
Miss a message
Chatting on the phone is a must in any long distance relationships, but there's something to having a recording that can be played whenever loneliness hits. Intentionally call when your love won't be able to answer so you can leave a voicemail that's much more permanent than a phone call.
Watch the time
Send a clock you've decorated with pictures or love notes (and set with your local time) to your love so they've got a little reminder on their wall of where you are. Or, send a "dual time watch" so they can keep your timezone right next to theirs on a watch face.
Ship a bottle, jar, or bucket of chocolate kisses when you aren't there to give a big smooch yourself.
If you know your Mr. or Mrs. has a long night ahead of them studying, prepping for a conference, or has zero cooking skills without you there, order in for them. Loads of restaurants across the country deliver (and some places here have locations internationally!) so order them a favorite dish without having them worry about the check.
You've got mail
Take a leaf out of Meg Ryan's book and keep a cute little romance alive online; create a blog the two of you only the know the password to and write about your days, upload photos, and videos of your weekly highlights. You'll love reading a post just for you on a cute blog of your love.
Miles may between you both, but that's not anything some love can't tackle. If your beau is gone for the weekend or will be gone for months to come, keeping them in your heart and mind can help make them seem not so far away.
Emily is putting her English and Humanities degree to use editing and writing all over the world. Trying to see all 7 world wonders (while visiting as many countries as she can in between), Emily loves wandering alleyways, beautifully photographed food, stumbling upon impromptu flea and food markets. She can usually be found camera in hand, munching on a street food and never has her headphones out of reach.