Not seeing your partner for weeks at a time can be incredibly difficult. I say this as someone who has been in a long-distance relationship for two years (yes, you read that right). Luckily, most people have access to technology like video calling that can help you feel like you're with someone even when you're not. But even virtual time with your partner can become boring after a while. In order to keep the romance alive when you're apart, it helps you have a few long-distance date ideas in your back pocket.
Yes, it may sound corny to enjoy a candlelit dinner via FaceTime or watch your favorite TV show together over Skype, but those types of activities not only give you time together, but give you a chance to learn about one another and grow as a couple. Even couples who are temporarily long-distance due to the recent social distancing rules can benefit from a little creativity in the virtual date department.
Here are 12 long-distance date ideas to help you and your partner stay close even when you can't be physically together.
Watch a movie together.
Use a streaming service to stream or rent the same movie. Start it at the same time (or use Netflix Party) and talk on the phone together throughout the movie. If you don't want to be on the phone, you can also text each other.
Cook & eat dinner together.
Use FaceTime, Skype, or speaker phone to cook a meal and eat it at the same time. It'll be like you're together, but you won't have to worry about the kitchen being too crowded.
Make & mail a DIY pedicure scrub.
Make a simple DIY pedicure scrub, put it in a well-sealed container, and drop it off on your partner's doorstep or mail it to them. Then you can both do the scrub "together" on the same night. Send photos throughout the whole process.
Find out your love language(s) together.
Take an online quiz to find out what your love languages are. Love languages are the ways people like to receive love. Knowing your partner's love language can help you better show them love in a way that they enjoy the most.
After you take the quiz, talk about the results and what that means for how you show each other love.
Plan your next trip.
Spend a night planning the next day vacation. Read about different cities or countries, look up hotels or Airbnbs, note the average costs of flights, and maybe even look up the best restaurants in the area. You could plan a pretty wonderful trip down to a T.
Read the same book.
Start your own two-person book club. Read a book or short story together on certain nights, and talk about what you think and feel. If you want to make it steamy, read a romance or erotic novel together.
Break a sweat.
Use your dates to stay active. Plan a yoga session or do an online workout class together. Even though you aren't together, you can still be each other's accountability buddies when it comes to regular exercise.
Take a walk together.
If the weather's nice take a long walk "together" while on the phone. Use your headphones or headset if you don't want to hold the phone. Stop occasionally to take photos and send them to each other as you walk.
Have a virtual happy hour
Put together a charcuterie board or a couple simple snacks, pull out your favorite wine, and light a few candles to create the feeling of an intimate bar. Use FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom to chat with each other. If you want to feel a little fancier, get dressed up and do your makeup.
Answer the famous "Questions That Lead to Love"
Writer Mandy Len Catron wrote an essay, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This,” for The New York Times' Modern Love column. In it, she referenced a study by psychologist Arthur Aron, who studied whether people could fall in love more quickly if they asked each other a list of personal questions. The essay, and the list of 36 questions, have since gone viral.
Set up a video date with your partner, and test out the study for yourself. You can find the questions here. They are very personal, and after you ask all of them you have to maintain eye contact with your partner for four minutes.
Watch the sunset.
Pull up a chair to your biggest window, or sit on your porch and watch the sky change colors together, over the phone or video chat. If you live in an area with lower light pollution, consider stargazing together too.
Take a virtual tour of the Louvre Museum.
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