Real quick, before we get to the tips.
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Make the most of it. If you get to know them deeply and well, that will pay off big-time in the long run. When you meet long distance it can be easy to jump in the deep end and move too fast in your new relationship. Discuss some of your communication basics as a couple—how you generally prefer to connect phone, VoIP, textwhat times, and for how long.
This can help set realistic expectations and avoid some miscommunications, frustration, and anxiety. Talking to your partner should be a priority, sure, but not your only priority.
Do not overdose on talk-time. Unless you both value transparency and honesty more than making a good impression, you will have a much more difficult time figuring out whether you and your partner are a good fit for each other. Learn to listen carefully to your partner and ask good questions — questions that make them think and help you understand them better.