The past few days straight I've been having dreams about men other than my partner. It's got me to wonder if I am missing out on the sexual conquest that I haven't gotten to experience since my partner has been my one and only. Today I brought up the subject with him and we both realized we know little on the subject and how it works.
How does a couple determine whether or not they're ready to take the plunge? He's afraid that I might find someone better than him but I have no interest in finding another life partner. They would be purely sexual relationships without a romantic component. There's also a matter of jealousy, on both our parts (a little more from me than him from what I can tell!) I expect him to find partners as well if we were to open up our relationship. How do partners deal with that issue?
I believe I'm feeling a bit unsatisfied with my current situation and the thought of having multiple partners has been something I've considered. It might be worth noting that my partner and I are currently dating long distance due to school (we live 3600 miles apart on different continents) and don't get to visit each other more than twice a year. I'd really appreciate insight from others who have tried this sort of arrangement.