If you have not read my personal story on how I met my boyfriend Ty, then you wouldn’t know that I frequently visit New Mexico to visit him about twice a year. Below are some pictures from my travels throughout the years.
Having dedicated practically every Christmas and a few weeks of my summer off from school to travel to see my boyfriend, I have experienced firsthand how difficult it can be to save money and plan a trip while on a student budget and schedule. You may see the new widget addition to the left-hand side of the screen.. Ty and I are planning to see each other soon! I may be going to California to celebrate his brother’s graduation, and then to sight see. I’m very excited to see palm trees, go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, try In-N-Out, and maybe spot some celebrities.
Check out 9 Tips for Cost-Effective Long Distance Relationship Travelling, it’s a good read and has brings up some great advice to keep in mind when planning to travel to your significant other!
Your online friend,
How we met Online
I met Ty, my online boyfriend of a year, through a mutual friend in the first few weeks of my first year in University. They met on a video game forum, and from there, she introduced me to him in a Skype call one afternoon in between classes.
Within any relationship, it’s hard to be 100% happy, 100% of the time.
I believe that no matter how confident one may be, any average dater will usually come to a point where they have doubts or insecurities when in a relationship.
Generally, it can range from nit-picky aspects you wish you could change about your significant other, disapproval for how they act, anxiety of being not good enough for them, or weariness on where you two will be in the future.
The list goes on, and I haven’t even gotten into specifics!
It’s hard enough going through the rough points of a regular, offline relationship but imagine if you had these doubts (and honestly much more) while being in an online relationship.
Keeping your online relationship a secret from others is something I can relate to, yet, it is something I discourage you from doing.
It’s hard enough opening up to your parents about your personal life, friends who may judge you easily, or relatives that you only see once a year at family get-togethers. But when it’s something most consider out of the ordinary, such as an online relationship, it makes telling the truth that much more difficult.
Everyone says that there are plenty of fish in the sea, and one of them in the end, will be right for you. Except, what happens when the one that’s right for you isn’t a regular fish, but a catfish?
What is a catfish you may ask?
Online relationships often come with two packs of sugar and a whole lot of prejudice. You would think that with how much society has advanced due to technology that there would be more of an understanding towards online relationships. However, it doesn’t seem to be the case.
When you confess your online romance, people often say one of these things:
“What? You’re in an online relationship? Are you sure the person is who they say they are?”
“You need to be careful! They could be dangerous!”
“How can you love someone you’ve never even met?”
Those are just a few inquiries that have been shot at myself. I find that although most people believe this to be just general concern, there is prejudice involved in it too.
So, you’ve met someone online. They may be someone who you’ve just started talking to through Skype calls, private messages on Facebook, or texting on your iPhone into late hours of the night.
They may be someone who makes you grin painfully at the screen; who makes your heart race when a notification goes off, who you think about every second of every day.
But don’t get too ahead of yourself. Be careful.
(Just a warning, you may come to hear that a lot.)