Distance Is Not the End-All of Relationships
If you are in a long-distance relationship, you know better than anyone else how much of 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. 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 sixteen long distance date ideas you should try to spice things up in your LDR and better connect with your beau.
16 Virtual Date Ideas for LDRs That Let You Have Fun Together… But Apart
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 be constantly communicating.
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.
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 to execute. You may have to switch back and forth between screens with the show you’re streaming on one and your video call on another.
Rabb.it streamlines this, allowing you to both 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 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!
Kast stands out with its streaming party feature that allows you to invite guests to your movie night. It could be a virtual double date or even a game night with your shared friends. This is ideal for those date nights where you want to hang out with more than just each other.
Play some online games
This is one of the most versatile long-distance relationship date ideas, especially if you’re both avid gamers. Playing together or even against each other allows 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 virtual date games you can play online:
- Online poker
- ‘20 Questions’
The point is that you both challenge each other and get to enjoy yourselves.
Love cooking? How about a cook-off with your beau?
You could try the same or different recipes and be your own judges. Honestly speaking, though, it isn’t really about how the meal turns out. It is about spending time together and creating something at the same time.
In this case, cooking while on a video call is a great idea. It gives the sense that he or she is in the kitchen with you and makes it all that much more fun.
Romantic 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!
The alcohol definitely plays a huge role in making the date a little more fun. It will help you get rid of the nerves and open up with more ease.
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.
It is important that you both 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 with this date idea 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. In fact, we bet it will be just as much fun with weird results as it would be if things actually turned out nice! The point is spending time together and trying something new.
One awesome idea to try out is to follow a painting tutorial online together 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 it is a home renovation project or a hand-made gift.
Answer couple’s questionnaires/quizzes
Whether you have just started your long-distance relationship or you have 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 of 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 calls and let the hunter call back when they figure it out.
The best part is planning the surprise reward at the end. Here, let your imagination do all the work:
- It could be a care package with romantic gifts that 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 both love music and dancing, then the distance must be really playing games on your minds. I mean, 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 date ideas on this list, you will need to do this one while on a video call. Just 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, there are numerous apps and online services 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 the new 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 easy, this might not be the best date idea for you because there’s no one to hold on to through all those jump scares.
But if you and 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 of 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 long-distance sex toys.
Dream about your future
Having a common end goal makes a world of difference when it comes to tempering inevitable LDR doubts and frustrations. Why not turn your long-distance date into an opening up session about your hopes and plans for the relationship?
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.
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.