Some apps can keep you and your loved one feeling close while afar
Long distance relationships can be tough. Your significant other just isn’t there when you wish they could be. It can be bitter-sweet and, unfortunately, it’s not an uncommon situation for university students to find themselves in. Whether you are from out of town or simply just live away from your significant other, here are some apps, available for iOS and Android, to help bridge the gap.
Avocado is an app developed by two former Google employees that is specifically catered to couples in long-distance relationships. The app allows couples to share a private password, which then gives them access to exchange calendars, to-do lists, doodle on photos, share media galleries and more. Some of the features are over-the-top (kiss your smartphone and it will notify your significant other), but Avocado seems to have some practical and pretty popular features for couples.
Turn-based online games
Turn-based online games are a great way to have some fun, no matter how far away your significant other may be. Games such as Trivia Crack or Words with Friends are available for all major smartphone platforms. Such games can go for days between turns, so regardless of time zone differences or varying schedules, you can play together!
This nifty app allows you to design a custom made postcard and or greeting card on your phone, and then send a hard copy of the postcard anywhere in the world for $1.99. I used this app to send a postcard home from London, and it worked like a charm. After taking a photo on your smartphone, choose a design, add text, drop your photos and voila! A couple weeks later, a fine copy of the printed postcard or greeting card will arrive to your loved ones. Might I add, for those of us who are lacking in the creativity department, this app will make you feel like a professional. It is easy to use and the quality of print is outstanding for the price.
In the event your love spans across international borders, there are many video calling apps that may be best suited for you. Skype has one feature that makes it unique to other video chat apps. You can sign up for a low rate subscription which grants you unlimited calling off of your Skype account to a land line or cellular line. Skype also offers very good video-chat quality, text chats and more.
Long distance is never easy, but it doesn’t have to be a deal breaker. Although these apps will not physically unite you and your sweetheart, they can really help those dreadful weeks, months and sometimes years go by faster.