If you are in a long-distance relationship, you know better than anyone else how much a gigantic bummer they are.
It’s the little things like long hugs after work and kisses on the cheek while on dates that you miss the most. Unfortunately, the monotony of scheduled calls and video chats also takes its toll on most couples, making the experience harder.
What you probably don’t know is that there is a lot that you can do with your partner, even when you’re physically apart!
Below are twenty-six long-distance date ideas you should try to spice things up in your LDR and better connect with your beau.
26 Virtual Date Ideas For LDRs That Let You Have Fun Together… But Apart
Take a bath together
A virtual bath sesh is a great date idea when you want to spice things up!
Set the mood with some candles, romantic music, and a glass (or a bottle) of wine. If you’re camera shy, go for a bubble bath! Not only will it elevate the bathing experience, but it will also pique your partner’s imagination of what’s below the bubbles.
If you both have a tub, there’s no reason not to do it!
Learn a language together
If your partner speaks another language, taking the time to learn it will show your appreciation of their culture and deepen your connection. Plus, your partner can help you with the learning process.
It’s a fun idea, even if neither of you speaks another language. You can download the Duolingo app and practice your skills on each other or turn it into a friendly competition.
Go for a walk together
Instead of having a regular face time call, why not mix it up by walking along the quay or through a local forest? A change of scenery can boost your mood, while sharing the local surroundings can give you new things to talk about.
You can even turn it into a fun game, like ‘walk until you see a cat’ and having a virtual shower together if you break a sweat.
Have a listening session
One of the coolest long-distance relationship dates is listening to the playlists you and your beau have made for each other.
Making a playlist is a love language that allows you to convey how your partner feels about them. You can make a playlist on Spotify, have a relaxing listening sesh with your beau, and talk about why the songs you picked reminded you of them.
Fall asleep together
This one may be tricky if you live in different time zones, but it can work out at least for a nap.
The idea is that, before you finish your Skype call, just don’t hang up. Leave your phone or laptop near your bed to fall asleep together. It may sound cheesy, but it’s a nice way to mix things up and feel emotionally connected with your long distance partner.
Check out the long distance heartbeat speaker that records both partners’ heartbeats and send them to the other partner’s speaker.
Write letters to each other
Texting is the most convenient communication method, but some words need special handling. For example, poems, stories, and some feelings are better expressed handwritten.
Sending a letter to your beau is special because it’s more personal and thoughtful than texting. Plus, it shows the time and effort put into it.
There are also services like MyPostcard, where you can type and personalize letters in the app, and they will ship them off automatically.
If you both love reading, starting a book club with your long-distance partner is a perfect idea!
Bonding over books is a great way to keep the spark alive. You just have to agree on a book you both find interesting and pick a time that works. Then you can read passages you liked or chat about ideas and characters while on a call together.
Coffee shop date
What’s better than starting your day with a good cup of coffee with your beau?
If both of you are morning people in the same time zone, you must head to your favorite coffee shop, set up a webcam, and there you have it – the best morning Skype date!
Watch the sunrise or sunset
Watching the sunset with your beau is a must-try romantic date! However, for those more enthusiastic in the morning, watching the sunrise before having your coffee shop date may be a better option.
If you’re not in the same time zone, the better; you may see two sunsets or sunrises instead of one!
Make sure not to miss the sunrise or sunset times by using a site like TimeandDate.com.
Chat to each other’s family or roommates
Being in a long-distance relationship can make you feel isolated. Connecting with your beau’s friends, roommates, or family members is a great idea to catch up with other people in your beau’s life. Just set a video call in a common room and strike up a conversation together!
Movie/TV Show/Concert Marathons
This is the easiest long-distance date idea to plan and carry out!
There are different ways to do this, but they all require you to communicate constantly.
You could be watching the movie separately but keeping in touch through texts to share your reactions. Or you could make it more intimate by using a video call to watch each other’s reactions to the movie. We put together a great list of long distance relationship movies for you.
You can also find couples’ apps that let you enjoy your favorite shows together:
The issue with regular, old-fashioned movie marathons is that they may sometimes be too complicated for you to execute. For example, you may have to switch back and forth between screens with the show you’re streaming on one and your video call on another.
Kast.gg streamlines this, allowing you to stream and chat via the same platform.
Rave, on the other hand, focuses more on regular videos and music as opposed to movies and TV shows. It allows you and your partner to curate your very own virtual concert for a fun virtual date night.
The best part is that it syncs everything together:
You do not have to worry about awkward delays as you and your beau jam together with the simultaneous play!
Play Some Online Games
This is one of the most versatile long-distance relationship date ideas, especially if you’re both avid gamers. Play games together or even against each other will allow you to bond over something you love while hanging out and having fun.
If you have never played a video game in your life, do not fret, this idea is still valid. There are many other types of long-distance relationship games you can play online:
- Online poker
- ’20 Questions’
The point is that you both challenge each other and enjoy yourselves.
Love cooking? How about a cook-off with your beau?
You could try the same or different recipes and be your judge. But, honestly speaking, it isn’t really about how the meal turns out. It is about spending quality time together and creating something at the same time.
In this case, cooking on a video call is a great idea. It gives the sense that they are in the kitchen with you and makes it much more fun.
Romantic Virtual Dinner Date
Just because you are far away, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy traditional dates like dinners. With video chatting services and the right setting, you could recreate the feeling of being at a restaurant together.
However, you have to put in some effort:
- Get out the fanciest tableware you have
- Set the mood with décor
- Choose a romantic playlist to play in the background
- Dress up to look as nice as possible
Virtual Cocktail Hour
Cocktail hour is ideal for long-distance dates if you just want to hang out without things getting too formal. Just grab your favorite drink on each side and get lost in the conversation!
Alcohol plays some role in making a date night a little more fun. It will help you eliminate the nerves and open up more easily.
You could also make a whole game of it. Maybe you could try out mixology recipes and rate yourselves. Or you could find a fun drinking game to let loose with.
Take Fun Online Classes
Another great way to spend time together while apart is taking online classes together.
You both must find something that you are good at or, at the very least interested in. It could be a business class, flying lessons, a research class, or whatever else you find.
To make it more interesting, synchronize your class schedules if you can so you can both attend class simultaneously. The good thing about this date is that it increases your common interests and gives you more to talk about.
Get Creative Together
You do not have to be a couple of virtuosos to do this. We bet it will be as fun with weird results as it would be if things turned out nice! The point is spending time together and trying something new.
One awesome idea to try is to follow an online painting tutorial and compare the results. You could have a lot of laughs and fun as you do it and after you reveal the final piece.
You could also work on DIY projects together, getting each other’s input, whether a home renovation project or a handmade gift.
Answer Couple’s Questionnaires/Quizzes
Whether you have just started your long-distance relationship or been together for years, there is still a lot that you may not know about each other and yourselves as a couple.
There is no better way to find out all this information than through questions.
You could just go with the flow and ask whatever comes to mind. However, using online quizzes and questionnaires or even quiz card games is the best way to break the ice and get the conversation going.
Improvised Scavenger Hunts
A scavenger hunt is another great virtual date game to try. It might be a little harder to plan while apart, but it is, without a doubt, super fulfilling.
At least one of you needs to understand the city, neighborhood, or house layout for it to work. Also, instead of leaving clues all over the place, simply send them in the form of texts or deliver them through video calls and let the hunter call back when they figure it out.
The best part is planning the surprise reward at the end. So here, let your imagination do all the work:
- It could be a care package with romantic gifts you sent through the post office.
- Or maybe it is a surprise letter you left in their closet on your last visit.
- It could even be something fun and naughty like a video sex call as a reward for all the hard work.
Remember that it is all up to you how you want the game to end!
If you love music and dancing, then the distance must be playing games on your mind. You probably don’t want to go to the club without your person, but you miss letting loose.
If this is the story of your life, then a dance party should be your number one long-distance relationship date idea.
As with most other virtual date ideas on this list, you will need to do this while on a video call. Come up with a killer playlist of your favorite songs and get dancing.
Work Out Together
A couple that works out together stays together. Couple workouts are a great way to bond while away from each other!
These days, numerous apps and online services are designed for this specific niche. They allow you to plan activities together and monitor each other’s progress. That way, you are still fitness buddies despite being separated by hundreds or even thousands of miles.
A virtual tour is a great idea, especially for couples where one party has moved somewhere new. Now you get to show your love for the new city or apartment and bond over what you like or don’t like about the new environment.
Another awesome virtual tour idea for long-distance date nights is virtual haunted house trips. Get the crap scared out of you together with one of the many online scare or escape houses.
Word of caution, though, if you scare easily, this might not be the best LDR date for you because there’s no one to hold on to through all those jump scares.
But if you and your beau have balls the size of Texas, then try it out and see if you can handle it.
Simple Skype Dates
Sometimes, all you need is some alone time together with no distractions. In this case, nothing hits the spot better than a long video call after work.
You get to see them and remind yourself how much you love that smile or the twinkle in their eyes. You get to know what’s been going on in their lives.
It is simple yet highly effective when it comes to bonding while apart.
Intimacy suffers a lot in most long-distance relationships, which could be one reason for tension with your beau. So if you are looking for a way to make your virtual date nights a little more fun, you might want to get naughty time into the mix.
You could simply talk dirty to each other, have a steamy video chat, or even jazz things up with sexy long-distance gifts. Here are some examples of dirty talks for long-distance relationships.
Dream About Your Future
Having a common end goal makes a world of difference when tempering inevitable LDR doubts and frustrations. Why not turn your long-distance date into an opening-up session about your hopes, plans for the relationship, future trips or even your future house?
Finally, why not give your partner a heart attack by visiting them unannounced? Plan a visit and surprise them! Trust me; this one-on-one interaction beats every other idea on this list 16-nil.
Are you ready to Have Fun LDR Date Nights?
All these virtual dates are super easy to plan and execute. All you need is an adventurous spirit and a great internet connection.
Feel free to come up with other date ideas based on what you and your partner love to do. Just remember that it is all about spending extra time together and having as much fun as possible.