25 Long Distance Relationship Memes & GIFs Reminding Us The Struggle Is Real!

Being in a Long Distance Relationship is a testing time. You'll experience the highest highs and the lowest lows, sometimes even within the same Skype call with your partner. 

But we all know in the end that it's f#@king worth it! 

Our relationships are quite different to the norm and rather than shying away from the struggles we face, it's time to have a chuckle and embrace them with the long distance relationship memes and GIFs we've collected. 


When your partner travels half way across the world to see you, then jet lag sets in...

long distance relationship memes

​"Hey how about we go and......."

When your partner travels half way across the world to see you, then jet lag sets in... #ldrstruggles

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Watching yourself in the corner on Skype rather than looking at your partner!

looking at yourself on a skype call


After being apart for some time, there are things that may need a bit of attention.

shave all the things

Reddit: u/B-rod08

​Shave all the things!

Still separated by distance but want to be intimate? Check out our related post on the top 13 long distance sex toy options that are perfect for LDR couples.

Your partner is about to arrive and that time of the month decides to join the party.

on your period when boyfriend arrives


The roller coaster of emotions. You're so happy being in a relationship but also sad when you think about the distance.

​Ralph feels your pain...

Watching the romantic part of a movie and the feels set in...

feelings when watching a romantic movie

YouTube: SimplyEntertainment

F@$K Lady and the Tramp! (Nahhhh still love it...)

Being on your own when it feels like all your friends are with their partners...

alone in a long distance relationship

"It's ok... no truly I'll be ok."

When you're out in public and see a loved up couple strolling by...

jealous seeing couple walk by

*secretly happy for them*

The feeling you get seeing a loved up couple walk by (but are secretly happy for them) #ldrstruggles

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Hormones will make you do just about anything...

hormones in a long distance relationship

Vine: Christian Delgrosso

Distance sucks. If we could change it, we'd do it in a heartbeat.

How we wish we could sleep...

otters holding hands when sleeping

Otters have it made.

How it feels when you just want to grab your partner but alas... distance


"What sorcery is this!?" 

When your wifi decides to have a fit in the middle of a Skype date...

bad wifi connection and having a fit

Rage face.

When your WIFI decides to have a fit in the middle of a @Skype date #ldrstruggles

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When you hear the rumors that the NSA has been collecting Skype data for years...

nsa looking at skype data

We'll let that sink in for a second.

You really start to hate the rain...

being unhappy when it rains

Hurray indeed...

You've got amazing news and you're just sitting there waiting for your partner to wake up.

waiting for your ldr partner to wake up

Because timezones...

Visiting your partner who lives on campus.

partners small bed at college

Reddit: probablywallaby

I'll just put my stuff nowhere...

Check out our Article: Making LDRs in College Work! The 5 Step Action Plan

Starting to realise all you talk to your friends about is your partner...

eyes rolling

"I swear they're real!"

When you start to realise all you talk to your friends about is your partner "I swear they're real!" #ldrstruggles

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Your friends think they know how you feel when their partner is away for a couple of days.


But we still support them no matter what!

The feeling that friends and family think what you have with your partner isn't sustainable.

support from friends

"Good luck with that!"

What a long distance relationship feels like most of the time...

missing your ldr partner when sleeping

The unfortunate reality.

But at least your laptop keeps you warm at night.

laptop keeping you warm in bed

Dami Lee: Tumblr

So many nights it's not even funny.

You wish it was your partner but it's your laptop keeping you warm at night #ldrstruggles

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Having to take FaceTime screenshots rather than real photos together...

ldr couples photo screenshot

flickr: velcr0

But they're still cute!

When you find something of your partner's after they've left...

ldr partner left a hair clip behind

Reddit: zamnedix

You know why this would make someone sad.

Constantly asking yourself "Is it worth it?"

you can do it

Of course it is!

Wishing your partner was in a closer time zone.

you sleep when ldr partner wakes up

Fact: 100% of couples in international LDR's are sleep deprived

​If you've reached this point there's no way in the world you haven't had a bit of a giggle (or shed a small tear)! Don't forget to send this to your partner or even to your friends so they get a better understanding of what we go through.

Have any funny/heart string pulling long distance relationship memes and GIFs you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments below and we just might include them in the next update.

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Want to CRUSH the Fear of Uncertainty in your LDR?

Lolo & Nate

Hi, we are Lolo (Canada) & Nate (Australia) a couple that had to go through all that a long distance relationship has to offer, just like you. With our experience and lessons learned we want to help you keep your long distance relationship as strong as ever and ultimately last the distance!

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Jason - March 25, 2016

Hi.I am in a ldr with a girl in Australia. She wants to come and live in Canada. How difficult is it for her to move and live here?

    Lolo & Nate - March 28, 2016

    Hey Jason, Thanks for reaching out!

    Not difficult at all. Rather than going through the lengthy Spouse Visa process we’d recommend that it’s best to start with a Work Holiday Visa, which will last her up to two years.

    The Canadian Immigration & Citizenship website has all you need. Check out the new process they’ve put in place here.

    It’s fairly straightforward but if you need help I suggest checking out a site like Moving2Canada for a bit more information.

    There are also Facebook groups where she can get help from others that have gone through the same process. Depending on where you’re located there is hopefully a dedicated Facebook group! But the general Canada wide group will do just fine to start.

    See: Aussies in Canada, Aussies in Montreal, Aussies in Vancouver, Aussies in Toronto. There are others, just search Facebook and hopefully there is a thriving community attached.

    Let us know if you have any other questions!

sam - April 2, 2016

sorry, memes hitted me hard

    Lolo & Nate - April 3, 2016

    Hey Sam, thanks for your message!

    Sorry to hear about your current situation. It can definitely be tough when your time with each other is limited.

    When it gets to a situation like this you definitely need to re-evaluate the relationship and determine if what you’re doing is sustainable. If it isn’t and it’s having an impact on you both then something needs to change.

    In your predicament time seems to be a major issue so you might need to do some testing to see what times you can both by available. Also if instant chat/Skype time is limited then email might be a great way to constantly be communicating with each other. For something like this it only works when you BOTH buy into it.

    Talk with your partner and see if you can agree on a schedule. After a couple of weeks come back and see if you were both able to keep with it.

    I think our 7 Day LDR Challenge would be great for you both. If you’re keen to give it a go you can sign up on our homepage 🙂

    It’s great that you know what the issue is and now it’s all about trying to address it the best way possible.

    Let us know if you have any other questions, we’re here to help!

Agatha - March 22, 2017

Omg this sh!t is so true hahahaha (tbh I’m not sure if I should put laughing emojis or crying) He’s from Germany and I’m from Argentina (I don’t even have idea how this happened), 13 hours flying but finally I’ll see him this year, can’t waaaaiiittt

    Lolo & Nate - March 23, 2017

    Glad you enjoyed it Agatha! I think we need to add a few more to the list.

    Really cool to see you’re going to visit your partner this year! 13 Hours is a long flight but don’t worry, it’ll be over before you know it!

Rochelle - April 18, 2017

It’s so nice to know that others are experiencing the same things I am.
We are in the process of trying to get enough money behind us to apply for spousal visas and jumping through all the beaurocratic hoops for him to move from Ireland to Australia.
We are both in the British commonwealth….you wouldn’t think it would be that bloody difficult!!!!

    Lolo & Nate - May 3, 2017

    Hey Rochelle!

    We went through the same situation! It’s a lot of work to get all the documentation together but it sure is worth it.

    To see if she’d like it we first worked on the Work Holiday Visa for Lolo. Once we knew we’d be there for a while we went through the Spouse Visa process. Luckily it was in 2012 when it was a bit cheaper! SBS.com.au had a good article on how much it has changed and is impacting Aussies.

    It may be a little unconventional but if you’re looking to raise more funds just look at what’s around you! I’m sure you have things that you rarely use anymore and could be better off with someone else. eBay or LetGo is a great option.

    Good luck with everything at let us know if we can help in any way!

Oscar Meza - May 17, 2017

Wow! And I thought I was alone like this Very motivational and encouraging to see the struggles faced by others . I met my lady in 2015 Nov 20th She’s from Indonesia and I’m from America. I flew 16 hours to Hong Kong then 5 hours to Jakarta then 3 hours to Manado her home town in July 20 2016 and now here I am getting reAdy to see again this month May 19 2017. It’s been a back of a sacrifice but she’s well worth it she’s my world love her so deep ! Thank you sweetheart Juen Wong Julia!!

    Lolo & Nate - May 21, 2017

    Hey Oscar! LDRs can definitely feel isolating as most, if not all, of the people around us are in regular relationships! But there are many of us who have and are still going through the daily struggles.

    It’s great you’re going on your next trip to see your partner. You should have just arrived or will be shortly!

    Enjoy your time together, make the most of it and let us know if we can help in any way!

Jonna - July 16, 2017

Hi guys!
Been in a LDR since 7yrs..
Now we are engaged to be married!
It’s a wish that is coming true….
Nice to know there are so many relationships like ours..
It has been a bumpy road but worth taking…
Thanks for the memes guys had fun seeing them

Krista - August 28, 2017

I’m currently in a long distance relationship with a guy that used to live in my area. I think I’m gonna move and live near him one day. For now he comes up and visits once a month. He’s here right now and even though the distance bugs me the times i do see him are amazing!

Cheryl - December 23, 2017

How long were you apart? Met my Aussie in 2015 in America and have been dating since. So good to hear something positive as I get so much negative about our relationship. Can you tell me anything about funds needed in regards to debt for moving?

    Lolo & Nate - January 3, 2018

    Hi Cheryl!

    We were apart for 18 months, with two visits at 6 and 12(ish) months in.

    You’re definitely going to find negative people, no matter the situation. At the end of the day, what they think shouldn’t really matter. Sometimes it can be hard to realise, but it is the truth. It’s about your happiness.

    It’s great to see you’re coming up to the point of making the leap to closing the distance. Planning is really important so well done for thinking about the all important funds!

    We’re not big fans of debt. It will always be better to save first rather than spend what you don’t have as it may cause problems down the road.

    Look into the necessary expenses to make the move. Things like:

    • VISA to enter and stay in the country
    • Flight(s)
    • Freight if you’re going to ship any belongings
    • Initial travel/health insurance
    • A safety net of cash you can call upon for any reason
    • Plus any other expenses you can think of

    Once there is a total you’ll be able to calculate how long it will take to reach that amount.

    This will give you a goal date towards closing the distance!

    We’re not sure of your situation but don’t fret if it seems like the amount is out of reach. Remember that you’re not alone in this and if your partner can help it can decrease the time significantly.

    If you’re not going to be taking much with you, think about items you can sell and how much could go towards your total.

    If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out!

    Lolo & Nate

SJ - January 31, 2018

So glad there are others experiencing this journey and thank you for starting this blog. Also good to see you guys are still going strong. That gives me hope. I am in emotional hell! So many doubts…up and down! Is it worth it? Honeymoon stage was amazing and then thanksgiving happened. Negativity with some of my family members…jealousy, criticism, arguments, ugh.. I’ve wanted to call it off so many times just to get out of the “glasscase of emotion”! I hope the challenge will help. Tx

    Lolo & Nate - February 1, 2018

    Oh the dreaded “glass case of emotion”.

    We’ve been there!

    When you think about it, a lot of ‘regular’ relationships go through these phases. It’s just how you deal with them and what you’re willing to do to get through them together.

    Thank you for the kind words :). We’re glad to be building a helpful resource for others going through the same struggles!

MM - March 31, 2018

Hi…this post really cheered me up today. I don’t know if I can even call what I’m in a ‘long-distance relationship’ as such, because we haven’t formalised it. I met a guy whilst he was visiting the city I live in… but we live on different continents. We really clicked. I can honestly say I’ve never felt this way before about anyone, in such a short amount of time. Since he left we sorted plans to see one another again (less than 3 months now!) and have been in touch every day. However, whilst he was here and just after he left it was really intense with the showing of emotions and telling each other how we feel about one another. It would have been impossible to sustain that level of intensity and now it’s drifted off a bit I find myself constantly worrying about how I feel, how he feels, if we’re on the same page, etc. Do you have any advice for dealing with dips in contact, and worries about the other person losing interest? I think a lot of it is in my own head but it’s difficult to know for sure!

    Lolo & Nate - April 10, 2018

    We’re glad you enjoyed it!

    Dips in contact can be normal. If you’re on different continents then your time difference may be an issue.

    If you are at the stage of formalising your relationship, it might be a great time to sit down and see when your free time overlaps in each other’s schedules. Even if it’s just 5 to 10 minutes on some days, it could be just what you need each day to embrace each other.

    You might get a lot out of our 7 Day LDR Challenge, there’s a special challenge around communication that could be really beneficial.

    Good luck with your visit!

Nnaemeka Uzor - July 8, 2018

This is so true! I’m currently in a long distance relationship (I’m in America, she’s in Nigeria) and even though I’m so happy to be with someone like her, the distance is what makes it difficult. I’ve came to see her a few times but it is not cheap, especially going to Africa. I just hope she could come and join me very soon because I’m only managing right now. I can’t imagine spending the rest of my life without her.

Crystal Mustain - August 8, 2018

I understand all too well same thing here but I’ve only got to talk over the phone or text I’ve never even seen his face for never video chat or syped none and I jus can’t seem to get him to even really send pics and we’re been together almost a year… I’m jus scared that I’m getting plyed for.. I never met someone so straight up to take my attention for I’m in awwww.
With him

    Lolo & Nate - August 19, 2018

    Hi Crystal,

    That’s a tricky situation to be in. It can take time for some people to open up and to feel comfortable.

    This might be an opportunity to start slow and work your way to video chats. If your relationship is to move forward you definitely need to reach this stage.

    If it continues to stall at this point it makes for a tough situation and you need to do your best to find out the reason.

    Please reach out if you need anything. We’re here for you.

    Good luck!

Avi - September 5, 2018

Hi, I am from India and my girlfriend is from Slovenia. We’ve been dating via Skype for 6 months and to be honest with you, these things are 200% true. I really love her but damn the distance.

    Lolo & Nate - September 5, 2018

    Hi Avi,

    It’s true the distance can be challenging.

    We’re glad you liked the article 🙂

    Good luck!

Matthew Hayes - April 14, 2019

I live in missouri and my girlfriend lives in ohio.We have been in a long distance relationship for almost ten months now,(july to april).This coming july i will be able to see her, but we both worry if we have changed to much. What if the connection is no longer there? Advice?

P.S. you might not read this since its been a while since the last comment

    Lolo & Nate - April 15, 2019

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for reaching out! The last comment on this article was a while ago but you’ll see we’re very active in the comments of our other articles that have more recent posts.

    It’s awesome that you’re getting to see your partner soon.

    As you’ve written that you both worry about having changed too much. What are those things?

    Knowing that both of you are acknowledging this definitely shows how important this meeting is to both of you. Without knowing more I wouldn’t necessarily put this in the ‘doubts’ column, but both of you just being anxious about the situation. Although you’ve been together for a while, this is a new step in the relationship and it’s natural to think of possible reasons for it to not go well.

    Reach out if you have any questions.

    Good luck!

Nicole - July 20, 2019

I’m having a tough time. My boyfriend is in the Army and has been deployed for the next 9 months. We have been together for over a year and then he just left recently. Any advice on how to get through that or make the time pass quicker it is so hard and he’s in a different time zone as well he is 10 hours ahead of me

    Lolo & Nate - July 24, 2019

    Hi Nicole,

    Thanks for reaching out!

    Military LDRs must be really tough. Especially when there could be long periods that don’t allow for communication.

    The best things you can do is check out our post on LDR Depression. This gives a good guide in terms of the things you can do to keep yourself occupied.

    Something really cool you could do for your partner is put together a care package for them! We’ve written another post on this exact thing 🙂

    Let us know if you have any questions. We’re here to help!

    Good luck!


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