The Ultimate Long-Distance Relationship Survival Guide [VIDEO]

If you've ever been in a long-distance relationship before, you know that it's either the best thing to ever happen to you—and the worst. There's no question that being so far apart from your boyfriend or girlfriend sometimes takes a serious toll on your relationship.

From the rushed phone calls to having to schedule time just to talk over Skype, long distance relationships are super hard to maintain for a reason.

But just because you're far apart doesn't mean you can't keep things spicy! The truth is that all relationships take work, no matter how many miles are between you and your partner. But instead of sitting back and letting the distance dictate how your love life goes, you can take control (in more ways than one).

For starters, Love U's host Tiffany Smith makes a pretty convincing case for why you need to keep in constant contact with your beau. Apparently, about 70% of long distance relationships end in a breakup when you don't talk about what you expect out of the relationship.

How insane is that?!

Just because you can't see him in person doesn't mean that you can call, text or even video chat him. These are probably the easiest (not to mention the cheapest) ways to strengthen your bond with your significant other.

Even though those statistics are pretty scary to think about, it puts everything into perspective. That's what makes it SO important to stay in touch. If you want to get really creative, you can even write a love letter, which is ten times more intimate than any text or slightly grainy phone call. The point is that in order for any relationship to work, you have to put in the effort. Don't let massive mileage keep you and your man apart.

And FYI, you don't need to be in the same zip code for awesome sexy times!