Being in a long-distance relationship is tough. Life’s responsibilities can make it hard to spend time with your partner, even when you’re living together. Add in the obstacle of distance (and maybe the challenge of different time zones just to make things extra fun!), and it can feel impossible to maintain a long-distance relationship.
It’s not, though. Yes, it’s true that a long-distance relationship may take more effort, and you won’t get to see each other face to face as often as you like, but it can be more than worth it for the right person. Plus, with a bit of creativity, you can still have some amazing date nights that will help you feel connected, even if you’re not physically together.
It can be a challenge to come up with fresh inspiration on that front though, so this week we bring you some of our favorite long-distance date night ideas for you to try together!
Of course we have to include video chat in this list. If you can’t be there physically, at least you can see and hear them and (trust me, this is coming from someone who has done long distance relationships without video chat) video chatting IS the next best thing to actually being together. So don’t neglect the basics. Settle down for a nice long talk at least once a week. There are all sorts of resources that can help you think of things to talk about (try our own 401 discussion questions for help here). And don’t forget to take some screenshots to add to your “pictures” together!
Here’s a fun one. Pick a recipe together, grab all the ingredients, start a video call, and cook together! Put the food in the oven at the same time, put the seasoning together, etc. You should start and finish at the same time. Once you’re done, sit down and eat it while still on video call. It’ll be like having a romantic dinner that you cooked together! Afterwards, crash out on a comfortable couch or bed and talk about your day, or stream a movie together. It’s the classic “dinner and a movie” date night, just the long-distance version.
Create a playlist of music you think your partner would like, or a playlist of songs you want to show your partner. Once you both have a playlist done, hop on a video call and take turns listening to songs. Have your partner listen to a song from your playlist. After the song is over, play a song from his or her playlist. Go back and forth for a while. You will bond over a shared experience, and may well discover some new favorite songs.
Find a co-op game you both like and play together. This can be on PC, a console, or a mobile game. Just make sure it’s a co-op game, not just multiplayer. You have to work together for a common goal. Solving challenges together (something co-op games tend to focus on) is an incredible bonding experience for couples and improves communication. Plus you’ll have fun doing it!
Portal 2: Portal 2 is a puzzle game in which you have to figure out how to cross obstacles with the use of a portal gun. The co-op mode in this game is absolutely great for couples because you have to work together to pass each level. You will see how much more effective you are as a team when you communicate and coordinate rather than work separately.
Trine: Trine is a much more laid-back (and much prettier) game. You control a wizard, a knight, and an archer, all with unique abilities, to get across different levels. This is another great game for teaching the importance of communication and teamwork. If you like it, there’s even 3 more Trine games to get your fill!
Rocket League: Rocket League is a fun little game where you try to score soccer goals using rocket cars instead of people. It isn’t a traditional “co-op” game, since you will be competing as a team against other players (or bots). However, teamwork is key to winning matches. Pass the ball to each other, set up goals, have…