Mike and I took our circumstances as a great opportunity to travel and met up with each other around the world.
After meeting initially in August 2010, we went to Scotland for that Christmas and spent the New Year touring London, Amsterdam and Paris.
We got married in Hawaii this Valentines day just past, and I’m now blogging from Florida where I’m spending the next 3 years until I gain American Citizenship.
I’m Megan from Australia, and over the last 5 years I’ve spent an accumulation of 6 months out of every year abroad.
So it’s not surprising that I met the love of my life while traveling. I still love the reactions we get when people ask “so you’re from Australia, he’s from America – where did you both meet? After having both finished the Mt Kilimanjaro climb, we met through mutual travelers at the hotel at the bottom of the mountain.
We have a pretty incredible story – so I’m told – which included pulling off one of the greatest long distance relationships ever, being almost 15,000 kilometers apart. Before we knew it we had spent hours talking to each other and laughing together, and found ourselves sitting beneath a starry African sky in the early AM hours.
Dinner had turned into breakfast and we forced ourselves to say goodbye before heading towards separate flights. If you truly want something to work, and you put everything you have into it, you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish.
So in summary, take it from me – long distance relationships work if you want them to.
We have had a pretty crazy, whirlwind relationship – but it’s worked for us, and it had to be whirlwind because of our situation.
It might sound horribly corny, and you may now wish to throw up, but seriously – don’t underestimate the power of being sickly sweet!!
Surprisingly, it does actually help when you consistently catch up with the person.
We both worked 2 jobs to pay for all of our travel; 16 hour days, in my case while at the same time studying Journalism and Law full time at university and still maintaining a pretty impressive social life.
If I had a dollar for every time someone told me my relationship was doomed I would be set for life.
He then came to Australia in April 2011 and spent a month with my friends and family before proposing!