My partner and I are in a long distance relationship, have been for six years tomorrow. He's in Canada and I'm in the UK.
Most of our relationship is spent long distance, and we keep in touch regularly via Skype - in fact, we're pretty strange as we keep a constant Skype conversation open. By that, I mean we literally have a Skype video call up 24/7, whether we're there or not. In a way it's like we're living together without physically being together.
We tend to go on about our lives as normal and interact with each other when we're both able to. I.E he leaves for work, and I'll do my work, he'll come home and occasionally if we have time we'll cook together. On Saturdays we have 'date night' in which we watch a movie together / play online games. We do our own things too, currently he's sat there faffing around with his headset and watching anime, whilst I'm here replying to this and watching Rizzoli and Isles.
When not at home we tend to use WhatsApp (since it just uses data) to send sms’s to each other, and generally it’s what we always use to send picture messages too. We also have phone/skype sex as well as sending sexts. When possible we’ll use sex toys that have APPs so they can be controlled by the other person regardless of distance, using Bluetooth and internet. We-Vibe 4 plus, Rave, Nova, ect are all toys that we use. We also buy each other toys, and tell the other person to use that specific toy.
We try to have a visit at least twice a year, but sometimes that’s just not possible and it can be a year in between visits. On one occasion it was two years between our last visits.
Communication and trust is important in any relationship, but for long distance it is absolutely vital to keep the relationship strong. Making time for the other person is also important so they don’t feel like they’re being pushed to the side. Depending on how you two are able to communicate, setting up date nights may be a good idea, so watching movies together or even just lay there talking is a great way to spend time together. You can watch shows together on a platform called rabb.it which is pretty good. You create an account and sign in and you both see that screen and can browse the internet together there/watch YouTube and Netflix.
-Well... That was longer than intended. Sorry.