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A man with luggage standing in an airportFor most people, being separated from a spouse for a long period of time can be difficult and stressful. After all, isn't one of the perks of marriage that you get to be together most of the time? This is true for most, but there are some who have to deal with their spouse being gone repeatedly for business trips. If you are going through this, you may be wondering how you are going to get through the seemingly never-ending separation. Here are a few tips to help your relationship survive.

Talk Daily

If you can, talk at least once a day. This may be in the morning when you both are first waking up or the last thing you do before you go to bed. You might communicate via texting, email, phone, or video chat. Phone or video chat is ideal so you can make more of a connection. Use this time to share with each other how things are going, and make sure you share how much you miss each other. Even if you are only able to talk for five minutes every day, this can make a world of difference.

Keep the Romance

One of the hardest parts of being away from your spouse is not having the physical affection. It's important to keep the romance alive even when you are separated. This is where some flirting can come in really handy. What exactly you say is between you and your spouse, but this can help keep the spark alive and increase the anticipation for the end of your spouse's trip.

Give a Thoughtful Gift

Many people feel loved when they receive gifts. It can be a great way to show your spouse that you are thinking of him or her. If the business trip is a long one, then you might want to mail the gift. If it's only for a few days, you might call the hotel and arrange to have something from you waiting for your spouse in the hotel room. This can help make a stressful business trip a little bit easier.

Document Your Trip

If you are the one who is travelling, take pictures of the monuments and other places you visited to help document your trip. Your spouse is most likely going to want to hear about it when you get home, and having pictures to show him or her can help make your experience easier to share. You also might consider bringing home some souvenirs for your spouse as well.

Remember Important Dates

Long-distance trips are a bummer, but it's even worse when your spouse is going to be gone on your birthday or on your wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, sometimes these things can't be avoided. It's important to acknowledge the day no matter what. Call or video chat each other on the important day so that it's remembered. And of course, make sure you celebrate it as soon as the two of you are together again.

Consider Going

Sometimes, it's possible for the spouse to travel on the business trip. This isn't always an option, but when it is, you should take advantage. Sometimes business trips leave people with a lot of down time, so this could be like a vacation for the two of you.

Plan a Special Welcome Home

When the highly anticipated day of your spouse's return arrives, have a special welcome planned for him or her. Go out to a nice restaurant or plan a romantic night in. This can give the two of you something to look forward to.

Getting through business trips can be difficult but not impossible. Try to stay in touch, show that you're thinking of each other, and try to keep the romance alive. Before you know it, your spouse will be back with you and everything will be right in the world again.

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