And, when that disappointment comes – “I’m sorry love, Mum’s not very well and I really should visit her this weekend” – don’t blame your partner.

Your kneejerk reaction will probably be to sulk; after all, it hurts when you don’t get to see the person you love.

For more on how that works, see Hands On With Skype for Windows Phone 8.

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It’s hard if you’ve been hurt in the past but remember that unless you have a real reason to think your partner is cheating on you, if you can see they’re putting their all into your relationship too, then they deserve your trust. Both parties need to be fully on board The other thing about a long distance relationship is that it naturally speeds up the progression of the relationship.

The fact is that if you’re committing all this time and money to a relationship then you need to be really dedicated to it – otherwise one of you is going to be very disappointed.

That doesn’t mean you have to spend hours on the phone, as that’s not practical. Get online Texting and calling are great ways to keep in touch, but nothing beats face to face conversation.

But drop each other a text to say good morning, or a quick call at the end of the day to see how things have gone. At least once a week try to arrange an online date using internet video calling.You can pick up a webcam for less than £10 and using a programme like MSN messenger or Skype (both free) it’s the next best thing to being there.Microsoft in November announced that it would shut down Windows Live Messenger "in the coming months," but now the company has confirmed an end-of-life date for the popular chat service.Make sure you and your partner are on the same page commitment wise before you dive head first into it. Be flexible Chances are you’ll only be able to spend your weekends together (at most), and even then the best laid plans can go awry.In order to spend the most amount of time together you need to be prepared to be as flexible as possible.Redmond this week began emailing its more than 100 million Messenger users, warning them that the 12 year-old service is officially going away on March 15, according to tech blog The Next Web.