Please introduce yourselves:

I’m Charlotte (17) and my long-distance boyfriend is Haydn (18).

We’re both from the Uk, he lives up north and I live (very) south in a small coastal town. This separates us by 211 miles or 8.5 hours of coach travel.

We met online in summer 2015 on a Skype group call with a mutual friend. We got close really quickly and despite a few major bumps along the way we officially met on April 6th, 2016.

Our first meeting was pretty spontaneous, we’re so lucky as things have always just worked out for us – I like to think it’s because we’re soul mates. Working through an LDR has been tough but in 5 months time, we’ll be closing the distance!

How long have you been in an LDR?

Nearly 2 years (06.04.16)

What first attracted you to each other?

I think we just felt comfortable together really quickly. We’d smile and laugh together so much and things grew from there.

How often do you visit?

We aim for visits once a month. During term time it’s usually a short weekend visit.

How do you enjoy your time when you meet up?

We do all sorts of things. We love exploring nature and often do little road trips out to places. Although we do enjoy a good sofa day, watching movies or playing games.

Do you have a favourite relationship picture?

I can’t pick just one favourite! The first three are from our Sunday adventures in Summer 2017 and the 4th is at a wedding we’ve been to:English ldr UK

What are your favourite long distance activities?

Personally, I love the app Happy Couple. But Haydn isn’t as keen… We both like QuizUp or computer games such as Portal.

Any resources that have helped your LDR?

  • Countdown Apps – to track when we will next see each other.
  • Happy Couple – to learn more in-depth knowledge about each other.
  • QuizUp – so we can play games in real time to be competitive together.
  • I love reading posts on long distance diaries – they share advice, activities and all things LDR.

Name a memorable experience you’ve been through as a couple?

In October 2017 we went on our first ever holiday abroad together. We spent 5 days exploring the beautiful city of Prague in the Czech Republic.

What do you value most about your relationship?

Is it too cliche to say everything? I value the fact that he puts me first and always supports me. He shares my achievements and is proud of me. Haydn is my number 1 fan!

What are the best gifts you have sent or received?

Sent: Open when letters or ‘I love you’ playing cards. On the back of each card I wrote something I love about him, something ‘us’ or a memory together.

Received: Haydn gets presents really well. For Christmas this year he got me a beautiful rose in a jar with twinkling lights just like in Beauty and the Beast (which I love) with tickets to see the movie accompanied by a live orchestra in York, plus a romantic night away in a fancy hotel – all on our anniversary!

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

Whenever things get difficult we always say ‘everything will be okay’ to each other and even though it’s simple it can be really comforting.

What advice would you give to other LDR couples?

  • Communicate.
  • Set realistic goals that you can achieve (e.g how often you can visit each other).
  • Try to be positive when you can.
  • Have an end goal even if it is just getting to the first meeting, you need to know your working towards something.
  • Of course, make time for your partner but remember to live your own life as well.

Describe your perfect weekend together – How would you spend this time?

Saturday would be a lazy day. Maybe a little walk or a pub lunch. Definitely a movie night. Sunday would be an adventure day. Exploring somewhere new together and appreciating the natural environment.

What are your long-term plans?

We’re closing the distance in June/July. I’m praying this goes smoothly and we are able to find the perfect flat and move in quickly. But before all of that, we have an awesome 2 week holiday in Florida to celebrate me finishing my A levels.

How did your friends and family react to your LDR? How did this affect you?

Our parents never thought it would last! And even know explaining the situation to our friends can be difficult…

How do you keep your long distance relationship alive and healthy?

Regular communication is really the key. We know the schedule of when we can talk and it works well for us.

Where can our readers find you?

Instagram: @211_miles

Blog: Charlie Star