Going The Distance


It was July the 14th 2013 as we sat in our hotel room in Gare Du Nord, sipping on Southern Comfort and lemonade from plastic cups compelled by the view that presented itself before me. How did I get here? Paris was definitely the place a lot of girls dream about from their bedrooms, and here I was, having flown by myself across the world, now staring out into the Parisian streets with someone I just met. It sounds even strange writing that out, but it was the reality that was in front of me and I wonder if I would have made that same decision now, that I had made then.

My decision to travel across the world to meet someone I hadn't met before, would probably to some seem completely absurd, but it was a time in my life when everything was pushing me in the direction to make that decision. Sometimes we need to take risks that are out of the ordinary and out of our comfort zones to find what makes us happy, and for me it was escaping my safe, secure bubble in Sydney and venturing out into the unknown. It started in Vietnam, where I had a twelve hour stopover, being a young girl and by myself in a foreign country, I was to say the least, scared. Within an hour of being in the country I had gotten into a taxi with someone that wasn't an actual taxi driver and then into another where he stole money off me (unknowingly). Of course this scared me and after a little cry I picked myself back up and got ready for my next flight to London. No concerned opinions of others had deterred me from travelling to England, and neither would the loss of fifty pounds.

Seeing Charles waiting for me at Gatwick Airport was an amazingly weird experience, Especially since it was the first time meeting him. I recognised him, I knew him, I understood everything about him yet the person that was in front of me was new- it was strangely comforting. Together we explored London, Paris, Brighton and his home in the country side. This all opened my  eyes to so many beautiful places and people. My trip was short and after two weeks I returned back home to Sydney where Charles followed months later and together we explored Australia together. Had I listened to the doubts of others,  I probably wouldn't have experienced a live orchestra under the Eiffel Tower, experiencing love for the first time, or watching Charles scuba dive on the ocean floor of The Great Barrier Reef whilst I frantically doggy paddle away from a school of fish. It was all because I took a risk, that lead to such profound experiences and the happiness that I have today.


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38 comments

  1. Good for you. Ultimately, deep down we know what's best for us :)

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  2. This is absolutely beautiful!

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  3. Hugs, good on you for following your heart! My husband and I met through a stupid Facebook game and for more than a year it was emails, phone calls and lots of Skype. He finally flew all the way from Canada to Malaysia in January 2012 and now we're married, have a child and happily settled down in BC, Canada. It was a very long road, started back in 2010 but we found love and happiness that no one else understood. I wish you all the best and know that it can be done. xx

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  4. What a lovely post.Inspirational and beautiful!

    ~Dana // curly hair & high heels

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  5. Those doubting you were probably just concerned for your well being but I'm glad it all worked out well for you in the end! Paris is one of the most beautiful cities I've been to and it's definitely a dream for many people.

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  6. This is inspiring!! Congrats lovely sounds like you had a brilliant trip! Sorry if I missed it - but how did you meet initially, before you properly met? xx

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  7. Wow that's an amazing story. I'm glad the leap of faith you took worked out
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

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  8. that's really awesome! travel is so important!

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  9. Wow, what an amazing story, and I enjoyed looking at the pictures, too!
    I don't know if I would have ever had the courage to fly anywhere to meet someone I didn't know "in real life," but I think if I really loved them, I might have. ;-)
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  10. This is such a beautiful story, and I think you are absolutely courageous and inspiring. I would honestly be scared to death of traveling in an airplane alone, much less to another country to meet someone I had never spoken to in person. This is the kind of thing I dream about doing, and it's so good to know you had an amazing time on your adventure! :) You are so inspiring!

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  11. Very romantic and lovely story! Sometimes listening to your own heart is the best way to go!

    Prudence
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  12. Thank you for sharing your story! I agree wholeheartedly about taking risks when it comes to love. I've done it when everyone thought I was crazy, but ultimately it was me who won the love jackpot. I always say that I rather regret the things I did...
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  13. Thank you for taking the time to read ana! I definitely agree! Its better to not have regrets :)

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  14. Thank you so much for the sweet comment and taking the time to read! xx

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  15. Thank you so much for taking the time to read it :) We in fact spoke for six months before we met online through skype so we were well acquainted :)

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  16. Thank you for reading as always lizzie!

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  17. I forgot to actually mention this in the post- I want to eventually talk about it in depth later on but we met on twitter :) Thanks for reading :)

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  18. Yes I agree completely! :) thank you for reading :)

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  19. thank you Dana! That makes me happy to hear that :)

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  20. This makes me really happy to hear such success stories- I'm really glad it has worked out for you and as I've heard it from other couples so it is quite comforting :) Thank you for reading Shireen :)

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  21. Oh your story was so lovely and it reminded me so much of mine...

    Like you I left from my house back in Greece and flew all the way to London to meet Andrew - someone I got to know from a distance, but whom I'd never met before in person... I was so scared and worried, but something inside me was pushing me to that direction, to take that chance... And you are so right, it was weird because I 'knew' this person and like you I understood everything about him, yet it was like getting to know him all over again!

    Fast forward 13 years later, me and Andrew are happily married with two lovely children! It was the best risk I've taken in my life, and I would never change a thing! :)

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  22. Thank you for sharing your story Christina! It's great to hear how it has worked out for other people! Definitely inspiring to other long distance relationships out there! This makes me happy to hear so thank you!

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  23. This is so cute! I'm doing a similar thing later this year, the distance is not as far, but it is a plane journey away. The knowing someone and yet never meeting them thing is exactly the same. I'm so glad it worked out for you! xxx

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  24. Goodluck! I hope it works out for you as well! It will definitely be all sorts of exciting! :) xx

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  25. What a wonderful post. Very inspiring xx

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  26. Oh my goodness, yes! You wouldn't have any other those experiences without taking such a big risk. I don't even know you, but I'm proud of you!

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  27. Thanks for sharing your story hon!! Beautiful story! So happy for you!! I always say, "Follow your heart, and you will find happiness". xoxo, Sisi❤️

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  28. Love this! I left my country as well and moved to London without knowing anyone. Incredibly scary, but an amazing experience! :)


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  29. Such a lovely story. I love the fact that long distance relationships make us travel and explore the world around us!

    Ree // Coffee with Ree

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  30. This is such a wonderful story, thank you for sharing it! This is the second postive long distance post I've read and it is so lovely to hear! I wish you all the best! Although my long distance relationship was nowhere near as great as yours, I can definitely say that it's worth the wait :) x

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