Love at first flight: 8 touching stories of long distance love

On Hello Goodbye, we’ve heard powerful stories of love conquering distance. One of our most popular stories features Stacey and Paul — a military couple who met in Afghanistan and had to live apart during their first pregnancy. So we asked you to share your own stories of long distance love, and you answered! Here are some of our favourite responses on Hello Goodbye Canada's Facebook page:

Love at first flight
(Izabella from Montreal)

My husband and I met on a plane. I was traveling from Athens, Greece to Yerevan, Armenia to visit my extended family. My now husband was travelling from Switzerland to Armenia via Athens. He wasn't supposed to be on my flight, but was set to fly three days earlier but since he lost his passport, he had to take the next flight, which happened to be mine. We sat next to each other and the rest is history. Overall we spent only about six months together, and about a year separately. We are currently not living together as we are starting immigration process, and he works in Switzerland. We got married on January 6, 2017, so it's currently long distance marriage, but we are very good at keeping in touch and fortunate to have found each other.

Izabella and her husbandIzabella and her husband had a serendipitous first meeting on a flight from Athens.

MySpace or yours?
(Breanna from Orillia, Ont.)

My husband and I met 10.5 years ago when MySpace had come out. Dating someone you met online wasn't popular then, like it is now. We chatted every few days, then every day and then on the phone. It was June 2006 when we started chatting and at the end of August 2006, I flew to England with a work permit. I had a backup plan for if it didn't work out, as a friend of mine lived in London. But I followed my heart and knew it was leading me in the right direction. Jamie picked me up at the airport, and we have lived together since the first day we met. I lived in England for almost a year, and then he came to Canada for a year on a work permit. Eventually he had to go back, and we did the long distance thing for quite a while due to immigration rules, before we decided we wanted to travel before we started to settle down. That's a whole other story for another time! In 2010 he became a permanent resident here in Canada, in 2013 we got married, and last year we welcomed our daughter into this world!

Breanna and her husbandAfter a long distance relationship, Breanna and her husband travelled the world before getting married and having their first child.

“See you later”
(Carla from Halifax)

Long distance love is a normality for most military people. My husband and I will be married 10 years in December. We met in Cold Lake, Alberta and moved numerous times across the country. Deployments, courses, etc, are the toughest times for us. Especially with having children. This past year he has been gone over 300 days!!! Numerous care packages, love letters, emails, quick phone calls and Facebook have kept our love going strong. It doesn't get any easier when he walks out the door and says, "See you later" :( ❤

Carla and her familyCarla and her husband have kept their love strong over 10 years.

Airport highs and lows
(Alison from London, Ont.)

My husband and I met in university here in Canada. My husband, Morgan, is originally from the UK. I was in my final year of my program, and Morgan was doing an exchange. We met through mutual friends and went on our first date a month afterwards. We were together for almost three months before he had to go back to the UK. The first time I dropped Morgan off at Pearson [airport] was brutal. The border officer saw how upset I was and wouldn't let Morgan go through security unless he turned around and gave me a final hug goodbye. Pearson and Gatwick airport have seen me at my absolute best and worst. We did long distance for three and a half years. It wasn't easy — there were a lot of text messages, emails, Skype / FaceTime, hand-written cards, and flights back and forth for visits. We got married in 2015 and we are currently going through the immigration process. It's hard to believe that this March we will have been together for five years :) The long distance was well worth it to have him here.

Alison and her husbandAlison and her husband met in university and did long distance for three and a half years.

“I knew he was the one”
(Gabrielle from Gatineau, Que.)

I met my husband online. He's a muslim from Morocco. And I’m a Christian French-Canadian. So at the beginning it was only a friendship but with years, feelings took over. And one day I took my courage and I bought an airline ticket to finally see him for the first time. Friends and family did not want me to leave ‘cause they were scared for me. But I did not listen. So a took the plane. I was sooooo nervous. When I saw him at the airport, I knew he was the one. My man my everything. So now three and a half years later, he's here with me. We are happily married and we are trying to have a baby. I can not imagine my life without him. I love you Anass.

Gabrielle and her husbandGabrielle took a leap to meet the one.

Friend request accepted
(Maricel from Valleyview, Alta.)

My husband and I met on a game on Facebook called flirtable in April 2008. We started chatting after that then lots of phone calls. We just fell in love as soon as we started chatting online and it grew more from the time we met in person. A lot of my friends told me not to believe online relationships because a lot of people were being fooled but he showed up at the airport and proved that my friends were wrong. He decided to come to the Philippines in July 2008 to see me in person and it was his first trip outside Canada. We spent three weeks exploring our place and met a lot of my family and friends.

We got married in the Philippines on August 22, 2009, and it took us 11 months of waiting for my visa to get approved. I arrived in Canada a month before for our first anniversary. We will be celebrating eight years as husband and wife this year. Our son will turn 1 year this coming April 5.

Long distance relationship is quite difficult but it made us to stick to our promise to be faithful with each other, respect each other, understand each other and have patience that we can be together again. I'm just so blessed that my mother-in-law spent two weeks with us as soon as I arrived because I got homesick. I'm just blessed with my hubby's family for their warm welcome when we had our reception in Newfoundland since the family of my hubby was not able to attend in our church wedding in the Philippines. It really is heartwarming to be accepted as a member of the family. I became a Canadian Citizen last year.

Maricel and her husbandIt didn't take long for Maricel and her husband to fall in love.

Finding love on vacation
(Amanda from Calgary)

I was vacationing in Nicaragua when I met my Norwegian boyfriend. After only a few days hanging out at a surf camp together, I headed back to Calgary, and he added me to Facebook. Our relationship blossomed via Facebook Messenger and FaceTime, and three months later, we had our first date in Cuba. Now, over a year later (and a couple trips to Norway, a rendezvous in Bali, and one trip — soon to be two — of him coming to Canada) we're still going strong. Planning on moving to Norway for the summer.

Amanda and her boyfriendAmanda and her boyfriend have maintained an international love.

Finally on the same soil
(Jasmine from São Paulo, Brazil)

My husband and I met at our residence flat in Glasgow, Scotland in January 2014. He's Brazilian and I am Canadian, and we were both studying at the University of Glasgow on exchange programs.

We became very good friends, and the love grew quickly. Once the exchange ended for me in May of that year, we spent seven months apart before I could first visit him in Brazil. After that, we flew to see each other every five or six months and the distance was heart wrenching. You feel their absence in every good and bad moment, every holiday, every cold winter night... and even the milliseconds until you can see them again feel like days.

But when you meet the person you're meant to spend your life with, no distance is too far. We see it as a blessing because we formed excellent communication skills and conversation skills. The bond is incredible. People are always critical of long-distance relationships (and nothing is more annoying than said people always trying to tear you down), but the truth is that they are possible and beyond worth it in many situations (like mine).

We married in October of 2016 and I've actually moved to Brazil. We were overjoyed to break the distance and finally get the chance to start our lives together with both our feet on the soil of the same nation.

The long distance relationships don't end though, because now my family is quite far. We keep in touch, and we'll visit as often as possible. Truly, the important thing is the love we all share because it doesn't matter where you go, it lives with you and is always there. A few kilometres cant change that ;)

Jasmine and her husbandJasmine and her husband kept in touch over countless video conversations. They took screenshots from each one and displayed them on a wall at their wedding.

Do you have your own stories of long distance love? Share your memories with us in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

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