How Much Communication is Reasonable when your SO Travels Overseas?

posted 2 months ago in Long Distance Relationships
  • poll: How long would you be okay with not hearing from your SO while he is traveling overseas?
    One day : (64 votes)
    69 %
    2-3 days : (25 votes)
    27 %
    A week : (3 votes)
    3 %
    Until they returned home : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 2
    350 posts
    Helper bee

    It’s less about what is reasonable, and more about that he agreed to a certain amount of contact & now seems to resent it, and is projecting that onto & blaming you. Uncool.

    Post # 3
    677 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    Hard to say what’s right or wrong. People are different. I know some mil spouses who are super happy when their SO is away and only talk once in a while…

    We handle this differently however; when I am in Europe or husband is gone we talk every day at least 2-4 times. I sent him pictures all the time of everything (eg: look there’s a cute manhole). Before we were married he went to Korea for a couple of weeks. Same thing. He was sending tons of pictures of everything. We talked twice a day when he was walking to work and back. 

    that said I find it hard to say if you should be hurt or not. I don’t know how you communicate during your LDR on a daily base. Personally I would be beyond hurt if my husband would say things like that. There’s always time and WiFi while sitting on the shitter to sent an effin’ message and some pictures… that’s how I see it. 

    Post # 4
    399 posts
    Helper bee

    Different people have different needs.

    My boyfriend was overseas for ten days in June. He texted at least once a day, often I would get 3-4 texts, and we had two Facetime calls during the trip.

    That being said, if you agreed to daily phone contact and he isn’t following through, that is the issue.

    Post # 5
    5722 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I think it’s more weird to try and make a rule for X texts or calls a day in the first place. I would be more relaxed if a SO was on a trip with friends, but that’s just me.  I take trips with my own friends for around a week sometimes, on one trip I might text multiple times a day, another I might be around people I haven’t caught up with for ages and we’re always running about so I don’t think about my phone as much. 

    Although if you are upset by this im wondering if not feeling like a priority is someone that has come up before? 

    Post # 6
    6828 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I would want a check in per day, provided he’s able. And if hes posting pics on insta then obviously he is able lol. 

    This would be a pretty big flag IMO. “I’m not calling, I took a solo trip to have time to myself, not be babysat.” I mean I don’t like calling/talking on the phone, but that sounds sooo immature! I would be very hurt that calling your gf of 2.5 years is considered babysitting. 

    Post # 8
    2783 posts
    Sugar bee

    While I am not one to put perimeters on how often we should talk, I’d hope to receive at the very least one text everyday from my SO just to know he’s ok (doesn’t have to be a conversation, just let me know you are alive).  He’s actually out of the country for work right now and I’ve received a few texts from him just giving me quick updates.  And I do the same when I travel for work or pleasure.  We don’t typically talk on the phone.  But also, we live together, so we will catch up once he gets home.  

    I agree with leztrythisagain.  You bf’s attitude stinks.  He agreed to talk to you at least once a day and now he’s being a little bitch about it.



    Post # 9
    399 posts
    Helper bee

    vanillamist :  

    Do you have any plans to end the LDR and be in the same city? It can be hard to establish that deeper relationship when you are just reporting to each other on the phone/by text rather than creating memories/experiences together.

    If you do decide to end the relationship, better at 2.5 years than after 4 years when you realize you still aren’t having meaningful coversations.

    Post # 11
    883 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2019

    I don’t know that there is a right or wrong amount it is about compatibility and expectations. My husband and I are both pretty communicative people and talk at least once during the day and then will gchat or text a bit depending on how busy our days are, so this is normal to me. More or less our routine continues while we’re traveling though we do understand there may be times when the status quo isn’t doable (i.e. I like to go on spa vacations where you are to leave your phone in the room so he knows it’s more lilely it’ll be a call in the am and one at night). In your case it is the attitude that would bug me, I would never want to be in a relationship where someone treated being in touch with me like a chore. I think unfortunately you would think after 2.5 years you’d have more of a shared life together but I also think sometimes with a LDR it can turn into the occasional benefit of a SO without much effort.

    Post # 12
    1458 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    Even during my busy day at work in between seeing patients, I still manage to find a way to text him.

    Read this again.

    If he wanted to make time for you, he would. But he doesn’t, so he isn’t. You deserve better 

    Post # 13
    2783 posts
    Sugar bee

    He can’t prioritize enough time to contact you to let you know that he is ok and you are considering uprooting your entire life for him?  

    Girl, run.

    Post # 14
    689 posts
    Busy bee

    This would be a huge red flag! He has atleast a few minutes a couple times a day when he’s going to the bathroom or before he goes to bed to text you.

    You being a physician and still finding time to text him shows it obviously is very possible to communicate as such.

    That comment he said about the phone call – big flag there too. He should be excited to share the things he’s doing/seeing with you!

    My SO from last year rode down to Nashville and he tried his hardest to find spots for reception to text me and call me EVERY SINGLE DAY. Some spots they were in sucked for reception. But regardless, he was still texting when he could!

    You deserve someone who puts in the same effort and can’t wait to share a fun trip with you – even if it’s a “good morning” and good night text with some context of how the day went.

    Post # 15
    9733 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Why are you the one moving? Restarting and rebuilding a practice is way more to expect than finding another job at Lowe’s or an equivalent position somewhere else. That just seems insane to me.

    As to your original question my husband and I at least text once a day when one of us traveling. It’s not that hard to find 10 seconds to send a text to check in. Usually, we call once a day but sometimes a few texts is all we can get in. We’ve never been so busy we couldn’t check in for multiple days.

     vanillamist :  

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