When I signed up for Twitter, I thought it would be a good way to meet other travelers and travel bloggers. I talked to really fun and interesting people, learned about parts of the travel world I never knew existed, and improved my writing. What I never could’ve expected was how Twitter would change my life.

In July I met with Barbara from Cultural Travel with Hole in the Donut while she was in Atlanta, and she told me about her travel blogging experiences. She also convinced me to buy a domain and set up self-hosting for my blog.

But I am NOT computer savvy, and I quickly ran into problems trying to import my old blog onto the new site. I sent out a random tweet that said something like “I just bought a domain and I have no idea how to set up the hosting.” Andy from Grounded Traveler responded and offered to help. He’s from North Carolina but lives in Germany, so he stayed up late to wait for me to get home from work so we could talk on Skype and import my blog. Then Barbara met with me a few more times to help me with the details of the site (thanks again Barbara!).

That could’ve been the end of it. But Andy and I started keeping up with each other on Twitter, reading each other’s blogs, and exchanging emails. After we had another long conversation on Skype at the beginning of August, I officially had a crush on Andy, despite the fact that I live in Atlanta and he lives in Freiburg, which is in the Black Forest. Every time I mentioned the 4000 mile distance, he said “it’s just a detail.”  

We emailed constantly, talked on Skype one or two nights during the week (thanks for staying up late Andy!) and spent countless hours on Skype on the weekends. It’s really amazing how well you get to know someone when all you have is talking. We couldn’t go on the traditional dinner and a movie date. Instead, we spent 6-8 hours talking non-stop each Saturday. And then again on Sundays.

Andy & I in Prague, November 2010

We continued this routine for nearly 4 months. We made it through my week long trip to Ecuador and his two week trip to Greece without being able to talk to each other. For much of Andy’s trip, he didn’t even have internet connection. We definitely learned just how important we are to each other during those weeks.

At the end of November, I flew to Prague for a trip I had planned before Andy and I ever knew each other. Andy took the train from Freiburg to Prague so that we could finally meet in person, and after the initial 20 minutes of “wow, you’re not pixel-y” it just felt natural to be around each other. It was such an amazing weekend! As a way to express how important that weekend was, I wrote a post called A Love Letter To Prague which was really a love letter to Andy. At New Year’s, I went to Germany to visit, and it reconfirmed that Andy and I fit so well together.

I’ve never felt so close to someone despite the geography. It’s never just felt right like it does with Andy. I still sometimes have moments of disbelief that a tweet led me to the man I am completely in love with. I feel like the luckiest person in the world that Andy actually saw that one tweet, and that we’re committed to being together. Also, Mom and Dad – thanks for taking the news so well!

Update: Check out the wedding photos here!

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163 comments on “My Twitter Love Story

  1. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler

    This is the cutest story! Thank you so much for sharing it. I think it’s amazing that you guys made it work with long distance and not being able to meet in person for 4 months. I would have been so nervous to finally meet in person!

    1. Ali Post author

      I was soooo nervous to finally meet him! Totally worth the wait 🙂

  2. Nick Laborde

    I am so pumped for you, I’m so glad that you decided to make it public. I haven’t found love in the Twitter/Blogging world, not that I’m really looking.

    I have been able to connect with some awesome people that I would otherwise have never been able to connect with, yourself included.

    I have to admit that I am very curious about how your parents took the news. I’m sure we will get to read that soon… Hint, Hint.

    1. Ali Post author

      Twitter really is amazing for connecting with people, so much more than I ever could’ve expected before I opened my account, even aside from meeting Andy. I’m glad I got to meet you, you’re awesome too!

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  4. Amanda

    Awwwwww!!!!! I’m not gonna lie… this post made me get all goose-bumpy and a little bit teary-eyed. While I didn’t become close to my current boyfriend through a tweet, we’re also doing a semi-long-distance thing. I know how tough it can be, and how time away from the online/phone connection can really make you appreciate each other and the way you feel that much more.

    So happy for you both!

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Amanda! It is hard but it also made us so much better at being able to talk things thru. I hope you & your long distance boyfriend are doing good!

  5. Kieron

    What a great story Ali! Both you and Andy are awesome people and deserve all the happiness in the world! 🙂

  6. FearfulGirl

    4000 miles: “it’s just a detail” — this is the best quote ever.

    Congratulations, you two are gorgeous.

  7. Michael

    Cuuutee! Isn’t Twitter great? I have Twitter to be thankful for as well 😉

    1. Ali Post author

      Twitter IS great! Happy to hear about you & Stephanie too! Thanks!

  8. Stephanie

    That’s so awesome! Twitter actually brought me to my boyfriend as well (via TBEX) so I can definitely relate. I think it’s so cool, the ways that technology can actually help us form real, personal bonds.

    1. Ali Post author

      That’s awesome Stephanie! Technology is definitely a wonderful thing! I love that you guys met thru TBEX 🙂

  9. Heather

    Very sweet! I love how a near chance reply on Twitter led to so much more.

    Happy for you two and your love story!

  10. Annie

    OMG! Andy wrote about his awesome girlfriend a couple posts ago and I had no idea it was you!!

    What an amazingly adorable story! I’m so happy for you two! 🙂

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  12. Kirsty

    Wow I love this – great story to tell when people ask soooo… how did you meet?
    Technology is definitely bringing us all closer… 🙂

    1. Ali Post author

      Yep, technology is awesome! Thanks Kirsty!

  13. Amy

    Aww, yay! I’ve been stalking your blog to see when you were going to tell your parents about the boy. 🙂

    I’m so happy for you – it really is such a sweet story! Can’t wait to hear what’s next for you two!

    1. Ali Post author

      HA, stalking my blog, love it! Thanks Amy!

  14. Spartacusjr

    Awww,thats great girl. I met Doug online too and most of the people on this days meets their partner online. Thanks for sharing with us girl 🙂

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Zablon! Yep, wasn’t looking for it, but I found it anyway!

  15. Justin Morris

    Oh wow, I just found your post after I saw it RT’d in my feed and I thought I recognised that face in your pic. I was on a Contiki tour of Britain with Andy around NYE last year, ha what are the odds?!

    That’s really cool that you guys hooked up through Twitter, wish you all the best and happy travels.

    1. Ali Post author

      That’s crazy! Definitely a small world. Thanks Justin!

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Jill, I really appreciate it!

  16. Tim

    I am so happy for you, in case you weren’t aware!

    1. Ali Post author

      No, totally unaware. In fact, who are you? Kidding 🙂 Thanks Tim!

  17. Jaime

    Awwww that is such a cute story. I’m so happy for both you!!!

    Maybe one day I will meet my man on twitter…lol!!! it seems so silly but thats so awesome!!! It seem like a lot of people meet now through social media. I know my cousin who is getting married in the summer met each other through facebook.

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Jaime! I hope you do meet a great guy, but I’m thinking maybe when you’re on the road.

  18. Andi

    My heart skipped a beat when I saw the title of this post, soooo excited that you went public with this. I wish you 2 nothing but the absolute best in life and love.

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Andi, it was really nice to share this!

  19. Caz Makepeace

    This is such a great story. I am so happy for you both- such wonderful people. Can all your twitter friends come to the wedding?? Now that would be a tweet up!

    Best of luck to you both, you so deserve it.

    1. Ali Post author

      That would be a crazy tweet up! Thanks so much Caz!

      1. Jaime

        Oh I love that idea. You should so make it a public wedding & we all be there. EEeEee how awesome would that be… it’d be fucking awesome…lol!

        1. Ali Post author

          As awesome as it would be, I can’t imagine what that would cost!

  20. Joan Garland

    Ali, your Dad and I are thrilled for you and can’t wait to meet Andy. We’re getting used to being surprised by all the wonderful things you’ve done.
    Love ya
    Mom

  21. Gillian @OneGiantStep

    Wow, what a fabulous, heart warming story. I, too, have realized how small the world can be. Twitter and Facebook have changed so many things for so many people. Wishing you and Andy all the happiness in the world!! Cheers!

    1. Ali Post author

      Definitely a small world, crazy sometimes. Thanks Gillian!

  22. Rebecca Stevens

    So happy for you, Ali! And love the comment from your mom!

  23. Akila

    What an awesome story! I have heard of so many people who have met their partners through their blogs but never one through a tweet.

  24. fatima

    hy sweety …..!!!!!!!!!!!1 really touched by ur story . you’re really lucky one to recognized your love n feeling n accept it with open heart ,otherwise most often we get to know OHH IT’S LOVE when we lost it.
    luv cheers

      1. fatima

        you’re welcome sweety ;p looking forward to more such lovely post

  25. Christine

    This is just a beautiful story. Isn’t it amazing how you can fit so well with someone on the opposite side of the world? Wishing you both the best!

    1. Ali Post author

      Yes, it definitely is amazing! Thanks Christine!

  26. Kim

    Awwww… what an adorable story! I had no idea that two tweeps that I follow on twitter were in love. Such a heartwarming story. Keep us updated 😉

  27. Giulia

    Wow, so happy for you! 🙂 Such a sweet story… It reminds me of something that happened to me too, and it’s so great to get to know someone talking a lot! Usually it doesn’t happen!
    Congratulations and thumbs up to Twitter that made u meet!!! 🙂

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Giulia! I hope you’re doing good!

  28. Laura

    This post reminds me that it really is a small world. Love it! So happy for you 🙂

  29. Laurel

    Very cool! Love hearing about these type of stories. I met my now German fiance on vacation and we did 8000km of long distance from Canada to Germany before I moved here last July, so it’s definitely doable. Amazing how a single tweet can change your life!

    1. Ali Post author

      That’s awesome Laurel! What part of Germany?

  30. Sabrina

    Beautiful story! I say that’s taking “meeting online” a step further 🙂 I met my boyfriend on an exchange semester and we did the whole long distance (US, Germany) for more than 2 years, so I feel for you… Lots of flights, lots of Skype calls, lots of telephone calls, lots of messages, and lots of happy/sad airport pick-up/drop-offs. Hope you guys can make it work. Totally worth it!

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Sabrina! It certainly is hard but I have every confidence we will make it work.

    1. Ali Post author

      Oh whatever, you’ve only known a couple weeks! 🙂 Thanks Jeremy!

  31. Connie

    How sweet! I’m so happy that the two of you found each other, on Twitter no less! Life really does work in funny ways…

  32. Lauren

    Meeting people off Twitter has been one of the best parts of my move to Australia. I hated Twitter when it first started, but now I love it, too.

    1. Ali Post author

      Yeah I didn’t understand twitter when I first signed up but I’m so glad I figured it out! Thanks Lauren!

  33. Sally

    YAY! I’m so excited for you two! You’re like the two nicest people I know on Twitter. And now you’re together. Technology rocks.

    1. Ali Post author

      Aw thanks Sally! Technology does rock!

  34. Courtney

    I love stories like these, so wonderful and heartwarming! It’s always lucky to find love, even moreso on different continents. Thanks for sharing it.

  35. Kent @ NVR Guys

    Well, well, well… so THIS is what you have been up to 🙂 Now the Germany and Prague adventures make even more sense. What a great love story. Congrats!

    1. Ali Post author

      To be fair I booked the Prague trip before Andy & I started talking. Very convenient though! Thanks Kent! (aren’t you glad this post was guinea pig free?)

  36. Kirsten

    SOOOOOOOO excited for your future with Andy!!!!! Thank you for trusting Andi and I with your story that day in Charlotte, it has been a wonderful secret to keep but I am glad now that the story is out in the open and we can ALL rejoice with you. Very happy to see you find love, and overseas too!!! Ok, maybe a tad jealous 😉 LOL Many blessings to you Ali! xoxo

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Kirsten! I’m so glad I got to meet you & Andi, fun day! You’ll have to come visit in Germany someday 🙂

  37. Laura

    This is so sweet! Congratulations to you both!! I’m sure you’ll continue to rock the long distance thing – Skype is a Godsend for transcontinental relationships 🙂 Best wishes for your future together!

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Laura! Skype is a wonderful thing!

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks! See you in Vancouver in about 4 months!

  38. Brendan van Son

    Andy also helped me with my site at the begging via skype… but I never got any action after that!!! hahaha… jokes. Congrats guys!

    1. Ali Post author

      Haha! Well, I’m kinda glad you didn’t get any action! Thanks 🙂

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  40. Dina

    This is a super sweet tweet love story, I’m so happy for you two!!! Are you guys planning to be traveling together from now on?

    1. Ali Post author

      We’re not really the perpetual traveler type, but we’ll definitely do lots of traveling. Who knows!

  41. Theresa

    Super cool story. The world is such a fun place, and stories like this just prove it. I didn’t meet my husband from afar, but we’ve done lots and lots of long distance. It has it’s downsides for sure, but it also has it’s moments as well (such as all the talking you two did). And now with Skype things are even easier. Good luck!

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Theresa! Great to hear about you & your husband making it work long distance.

  42. Lauren

    Ali! This is incredible. So happy to hear things are going so well for you. Three cheers for Twitter and the relationships it ignites! 🙂

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Lauren! 4 more months until TBEX!

  43. tehnyit

    This is one of the most beautiful stories I have heard this year. It is movie story material. It gives Social Media its true meaning! Congrats!

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks, that’s so sweet of you to say!

  44. Rease

    Congratulations! I definitely have found twitter way more useful than I ever thought I would but I didn’t find love! Such a cute story, good luck to you both! thank god for video chat!

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Rease! Yes, Skype is amazing!

  45. manonthelam

    Awww…what a great story. Finally, an internet story that doesn’t end in getting a restraining order. There’s hope for us all….:>)

    Raymond

  46. Laura

    Thanks for sharing this, it’s really sweet and I’m glad to hear that it’s working out so well for you both! 🙂

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Laura, I’m really glad too!

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  48. Juno

    AWww…!! Can’t believe I didn’t read this before! I totally know what you felt, and again, awww!!!!!! 😀
    So sweet!

  49. Suz Cohen

    what a darling story. my best friend feel in love with her husband when they were living is different countries. we all told her she was crazy – but it worked. I am very happy for you. Cheers!

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Suz! It does sound crazy at first but I am so happy to have met Andy!

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  51. Adam

    Congratulations and best of luck with the move and your future travels!

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  53. sarah

    That is an amazing story. Sometimes fate just has a way happeneing!I think it is no conincidence that you have found each other.

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Sarah! I still can’t believe it sometimes 🙂

  54. Sabina

    Amazing! This is great! I follow you and Andy on Twitter and I’m a regular reader of his blog, but I confess I don’t think I’ve ever read yours. I found the link to this love story on his latest post, so I clicked it and then realized that I recognize your photo from Twitter. I had no clue you two even knew each other much less were getting married – and I am on Twitter all the time. This is quite exciting, even for me 🙂 Congratulations!!

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Sabina! And no worries, there are way too many blogs for us to all keep up with.

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  56. Jessica

    That is amazing.. I’m in a similar situation..less distance, but it’s still hard. I met Bob on twitter via his blog. I commented on an error he had made.. We started talking and it grew from there. I’m from Georgia and he is in Connecticut. You are so right when you said how well you got to know each other so well in a short time. We are quite in love, and I’m strongly considering moving to Connecticut when I finish college.. I hope the best for you and Andy.. Good luck! 🙂

    1. Ali Post author

      That’s awesome, Jessica! I hope it works out with you two, good luck! And thanks for checking out my blog!

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    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Debbie! I love that the world is becoming smaller 🙂

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks! Wow, Myspace! That’s awesome Serena!

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  60. Haley

    This is so sweet! It’s true: when there’s distance, and all you have is talking, you get to know that person so well if you both make an effort. I met my boyfriend while I was studying abroad in France, and for the past 2+ years we have dealt with a number of months where I was in Texas and he was in France… it’s hard, but it is so worth it 🙂 Congrats!

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks Haley! It was tough to be apart for almost the entire first year of our relationship, but he was totally worth it. I’m so happy to be with him now in Germany. I hope you and your boyfriend make it work too!

  61. Carina

    Hi Ali,

    I came across your site and I’m already hooked! I love your style of telling us things and I’m amazed by your love story! Soo beautiful!
    I hope you enjoy Germany and (even though you’re not a “cold” person) like seeing winter coming right now 🙂

    Keep on writing, I’ll keep on reading 🙂
    Carina

    1. Ali Post author

      Thank you so much, Carina! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog!

      I am enjoying Germany, although yes, the cold weather is pretty tough. Not sure how I’m going to make it through 5 more months of this!

      I’ll have to check out your site from time to time, maybe it will help me improve my German to read it!

      1. Carina

        You’re welcome!

        I’m struggeling myself, as I spent 14 months untill April in warm tropic Australia and South East Asia. Spring was already too cold for me by then and now I’m working with the “Zwiebelschicht”-principle… putting on at least 4 layers a day 😀

        Good luck surviving German winter! 😉

        1. Ali Post author

          Ah, tropics would be nice right about now! I like the word “Zwiebelschicht”. Thanks Carina!

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  64. Alastair

    I feel like this exact thing is happening to me now, the distance is less, but we’ve been speaking for about a month and I am still amazed that I feel about someone so quickly just by reading 140 characters. I hope that my experience can end the same way as yours. thank you for sharing this incredible story

    1. Ali Post author

      Thanks, and that’s really awesome, Alastair! For us, it was all in the talking. We had so much time to just TALK because there was nothing else we could do. It meant we got to know each other really well, and now we’ve been married for 3 years!

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