Tuesday, 14 February 2012

What would you do for love?

Inspired by this week’s article on Expat Telegraph about three couples who uprooted their lives and moved thousands of miles to be with the one they love, Expat Explorer brings you tales of love without boundaries and keep your eyes peeled for the next blog post on some tips from the experts about keeping that long distance relationship (LDR) alive.

According to In Love Abroad, a site for people who mix the exciting worlds of love and travel, the top five movies about long distance relationships are:

1. The Notebook

The Notebook tells a story of a poor and passionate young man who falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom. However, like any classic Romeo and Juliet-type stories, they are soon separated by social differences.

2. Sleepless in Seattle
Widower and single father, Sam ends up lamenting about his lost love on a talk radio program, when his son Jonah decides to call into the station. Little did he know that thousands of miles away, Annie hears the program and immediately falls in love with Sam, despite the fact that she has never met him and that she is engaged to humdrum Walter. Believing they are meant to be together, Annie sets out for Seattle to meet Sam.

Going the distance is your typical romcom centered on a guy and a girl who try to keep their love alive as they shuttle back and forth between New York and San Francisco to see one another.

4. Like Crazy

This film is about a British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.

Source: Chess Ville
Your classic LDR movie. Casablanca is against the backdrop of unoccupied Africa during the early days of the Second World War. Rick Blaine, an American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

All these movies have one underlying theme - couples having to overcome the barrier of geography. Of course, with the increased popularity in global citizenship, secondments and working abroad, many couples do indeed encounter the obstacle of distance. How do you overcome these? In the next post, we take a look at some tips and advice on how to make a long distance relationship work.


  1. Hi Katy, As you know I met my husband in Paris when I was on holiday there from New Zealand. We had only 48 hours or so together before heading off our separate ways - me back to NZ, and him back to the UK - and therefore we had to actually build a relationship long-distance, not only maintain it. We used Skype, and MSN chat and email over a period of 15 months or so, and supplemented online time together with visits to each other's countries. (Yes, it was a very expensive time and I got very good at long haul travel.) We learnt many things about maintaining a relationship long-distance including how important it is to be completely transparent with your partner, secrets and white lies are obviously dangerous, but so is not sharing your inner life and moods - things you take for granted when you are in each other's presence. We all have bad days and sharing these bad times and down moods builds intimacy. We also found that when we were on Skype we had each other's undivided attention, so in a way it was very intense. We often laugh we had more time together then than we do now as a married couple living together. Sometimes the long distance relationship can bring you closer together and be a pretty good substitution to being in each other's company. And when you feeling are together in the flesh, oh how very good that feels. Vix x

    1. Thanks Vix for your comment. Definitely some good food for thought!

  2. I am currently in a LDR, as my husband is in Melbourne, Australia and I am in Dubai with our daughter. Melbourne is our next stop on the expat route and I will follow him when the school year is over. Until then it's SKYPE, emails, very expensive phone calls. Although married for decades, we still talk at least twice a day, even when he was here in Dubai on a daily basis, and it's so much part of the routine, that we continue, even if it breaks the bank.
    I think talking, talking, talking is the only way to keep a LDR strong, telling each other those little daily details is what it's all about.
    That and, I second Vegemitevix, long distance travel...

    1. Hi Ulrike, thanks for leaving a comment – such a good point you make about always talking and sharing what is happening on a daily basis.


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