Talk. Every day. Incessantly.
Texting (or, if you’re dating someone overseas, WhatsApp-ing) is great, but can also be done while at the gym, eating dinner, or, God forbid, on a date with another person. TALKING, as in actually picking up the phone/webcam, takes time out of your day. And you'll know soon enough whether this person is a high-enough priority for you to spend that time.
"We talked multiple hours a day, every day," says Julie, 31, who met her husband during the first day of a Hawaiian vacation. "We’d spend all the time we were supposed to be sleeping or studying on the phone with each other."
"We joke that we were going to invite the inventor of Skype to our wedding," said Ashley, 25, who met her now-live-in boyfriend on vacation in Miami. "We Skyped every day, and even left it on after we went to bed so we could watch each other sleep. It's cute, but ridiculous." [Editor's Note: This is actually kind of creepy. But, hey, to each their own.]
If you're the type who can't eat if your significant other hasn't texted you back in 15 minutes, this relationship is not for you. Same if you get infuriatingly jealous every time a guy posts, "Nice!" on bae’s Instagram.
"You have to truly trust that the other person is honest, loyal, and only wants you. There's no place for jealousy,” says Lindsey, 29, who met her fiancé during The Yacht Week in Croatia.
"There was always a worry about infidelity,” says Ashley. “But I trust him because he’s just very much a family guy, and his parents have been together their whole lives. I think that's helped him a lot.”