Long distance relationships can be challenging but definitely worthwhile as long as you’re both willing to make the commitment. I can attest to this having been in an international long distance relationship for the past few years. When we first met in Los Angeles we had no clue the span of our relationship would take us across three countries and four different cities. Personally, it’s been the best experience that has instilled in me to be a more patient and loving person.
You can say that I know a thing or two about long distance relationships and how to maintain one. I even wrote tips on how to survive a LDR. But if you’ve landed on this page you’re most likely wondering how do I make long distance dating fun? The truth of the matter is that in order to keep the relationship alive you need to keep dating one another. If you’re wondering how it’s possible to sustain a connection with just phone and video calls. Here are 9 long distance relationship date ideas that will keep the romance going.
Make Meals Virtually
Whether it’s dinner in your time zone or lunch at his, try cooking something special together even though you’re miles apart. It’s a good opportunity to catch up as if you were having a meal face to face. Grab a glass of wine and dig into that new recipe that you’ve always been wanting to try. What may even be more romantic is if you both try making the same recipe simultaneously. Share your cooking process with one another and when you’re done, set the table and eat together virtually. This will give the similar feeling of being in the kitchen sharing an intimate experience.
Learn a Language or Teach Your Own
Have you both been wanting to learn a language? Choose one that interests you both and start the journey of improving your skills together. This will also come in handy if you have an upcoming vacation and eager to speak a bit of the local language. During your date you can learn new words, test each other and some apps like Quizlet have memory and writing games. If you’re lucky enough and your partner speaks another language, have a date where they teach you. I’m glad I was able to learn some basic Dutch phrases while having calls with my boyfriend.
Have Movie Night
We live in a wonderful time and age where technology offers so many possibilities. Even though your partner is miles away there is the opportunity to watch movies together. This is a popular date idea amongst long distance couples because it’s so easy to do. Log in or subscribe to one of the many apps or streaming services that will let you watch movies at the same time. Grab some popcorn and don’t forget to keep video chat open to see each other’s reactions. One of you may find this particularly entertaining if the movie of choice is a horror one.
Signature Cocktail Time
It doesn’t matter the time difference since it has to be 5 o’clock somewhere. Discuss which flavors, liquors, or alcohols you like and come up with a few possible concoctions – two or three would be best. If you’re unsure about this, -try visualizing your favorite cocktails and go from there. Next, gather your ingredients and virtually meet each other in the kitchen. Start making your specialized cocktails, give a taste and rate which one you like best. Whichever gets the highest score you can deem as your signature cocktail. Until the next time you both meet, make sure to recreate it and share it with others to show off your creations.
Play Video Games Together
There are a plethora of options for multiplayer/console gaming like Words with Friends or Scrabble. The key is that you need to find a game that you both will enjoy playing together. For instance, if you love Call of Duty but your Partner doesn’t, then take some time to reconsider. As long as you don’t mind some friendly competition, playing video games is one of the fun great long distance relationship date ideas.
Order Their Takeout
Don’t they say that you can win someone’s heart over through their stomach? So if you’re seeking a date with a twist of a surprise then order each other’s take-out meal. You can use this moment to be creative as possible. Send a heart-shaped pizza or that dream seafood boil they’ve been dying to try. Don’t tell them what you’ve ordered until the delivery person comes to bring it to the door. And if you send along a special dessert your honey will be extra surprised! Food is always a good idea.
Perfect Long Distance Relationship Date Ideas can Include Working Out Together
It’s quite motivating to have someone with you when working out. You can hold each other accountable but have fun at the same time! Schedule an hour to exercise the same routine or just keep each other company while doing your own exercises. You can break out a sweat and burn some calories together!
Attend a Virtual Concert
Sing your heart out and groove to your favorite artists on a livestream concert or festival. The great thing is that you can do this all from your couch. Pick an artist or band you both like and stream it together. This is a great way to get creative with your long distance relationship date ideas!
One of the Great Long Distance Relationship Date Ideas is to Make Future Plans Together
By far this is my absolute favorite of all the long distance relationship date ideas on the list. Make plans together for the next time you meet, this way you have something exciting to look forward to. It was so fun planning for our California road trip and especially our adventure to Morocco. My boyfriend and I couldn’t choose between Morocco or Croatia so he presented his own powerpoint to convince me which destination to choose. It was so thoughtful and the process of planning really got us excited about reuniting in another country. A recommendation is to use live notes such as a shared google doc or to better see these plans come into fruition. Overall, making future plans can compel you to forget the distance since you’ll have a legitimate plan in store to see each other.