The whole world got on board with virtual dating during the pandemic. It was a wonderful way for people to stay connected, keep in touch and ultimately keep their relationship alive whilst everyone was stuck in their own homes. Virtual dating has been on the rise ever since, so in this post, I’ll be sharing some virtual date ideas for long distance.
Of course online dating is bigger than ever. We’re not new to meeting people online, engaging with people online and ultimately, finding relationships online. And there are so many different types of dating sites and apps these days, those that are based on location, such as this Edinburgh dating site. Or preference, such as Mature Edinburgh Dating.
But once you’re IN that relationship… well, you don’t imagine your love life is going to be halted by a global pandemic.
Now that things are generally back to normal business, virtual dating still remains a thing within the world of long distance relationships. If anything, long distance relationships are easier than ever with the help of technology. We don’t have to wait days for a carrier pigeon to deliver our love letters anymore.
During the pandemic, more people got a taste of what it’s like being in a long distance relationship, whether they wanted it or not. But we’re human, we carry on and adapt. And what we learned was that there are SO many fun and creative ways of hosting a virtual date, of keeping relationships alive and fun, even if we’re not in the same place physically.
So in this post, I’m going to share 14 fun and creative virtual date ideas for long distance couples:
Stay connected, just chat!
The absolute easiest virtual date idea for long distance is just having a chat. Chat about your day or your week, share a funny thing that happened to you or have a rant over something that’s bothered you. Keep up the “normality” of a relationship, as this is the sort of thing you’d do when you get home from work to your partner.
Have dinner together over Skype or video chat
Agree on a day and time – even a specific type of cuisine if you want – and have a virtual dinner date over video chat! Dress up for it if you like, crack open a bottle of wine and just be on a date together.
Make plans together
It’s always really important to have things to look forward to, especially for when you’re going to see each other again. So it could be a lovely virtual date idea to plan something together. Holidays you want to go on together and day trips you want to make. It’ll give you both something to look forward to!
Have a movie night together
Choose a movie to watch at the same time together. Although you can’t see each other, knowing you’re both doing the same thing might help ease any loneliness that’s brewing from being in a long distance relationship and not being able to see your partner.
If both of you have gaming consoles and have the same games, now would be a great time to game together and show each other who’s boss! Gaming is a great way to take your mind off of things and have a bit of fun – even better when you’re up against your boyfriend or girlfriend! Check out these date ideas for gamers.
Go for a virtual walk together
Most people have been enjoying going for walks since the pandemic – especially in nature, which has a calming quality about it. Why not arrange a time for you to both go on your daily walk and do it together? Stay on face-time or on the phone and go on a virtual walk together.
Similarly to having a meal and going for a walk together, if you’re both into baking, you can choose a time and a dish to both bake in your respective homes and go onto Skype or face time and bake together! It’ll give you a chance to do a relaxing activity as well as some time to have a chat together. Maybe try this Rocky Road Recipe!
Have your morning coffee together
Start your day in a positive way by having your morning coffee together, just as you would do if you were actually together! This might be difficult in different time zones but make it work.
Do a cocktail making or wine tasting
If you both like a drink when you’re together, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy that when you’re apart, too! Get some cocktail ingredients in and get creative with your drinks or even sign up for an alcohol-themed event online that you can both attend.
Watch a concert together
During the pandemic, a lot of artists put on virtual concerts for fans. My boyfriend and I bought tickets to The Darkness concert, which we enjoyed in the comfort of our bedroom, it was wonderful. There are lots of concerts available on YouTube or DVD from a variety of artists. Perhaps consider this as one of your virtual date ideas for long distance.
Play music together
And whilst we’re on the subject of music, if you’re both musicians, why not have a virtual jam together?
Play fun games like truth or dare
Games nights are always fun but if you fancy playing some a little more risky, why not try a truth or date? It might start to get a bit naughty.
Have a quiz
Who doesn’t love a quiz? One of the more common virtual date ideas for long distance after everyone was having quizzes every other night during the pandemic. But a super simple but fun way to spend a couple of hours with your partner during a long distance relationship. You could even get some friends to join you on this one!
Have a double date
And why not bring friends into the mix on some of your virtual dates anyway? Double dates are normal in the physical world, they can be in the virtual world too! You could literally do ANY of the above with another couple on Zoom!
Here are just a few ways that you and your partner can have a fun, virtual date during long distance. Do you have any other suggestions to add to this list? How have you and your partner been keeping connected if you’re away from each other? Let me know!
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Brilliant tips Jenny. I’m lucky in that Blair is at home during all this, but it’s been a struggle not seeing people like my brother who I’m very close to. We’ve been doing a lot of gaming together so we can just chat and catch up while doing something fun, it’s really helped us feel a bit more connected and sane. I’m sure this post will give lots of couples who aren’t able to be close some ideas on how to stay connected!
I know it must suck if you’re not together and can’t see each other right now but we’re so blessed that we have the technology to be able to do the things you’ve suggested here to stay connected. I know it’s obviously not the same but doing little things like making the same meal together at the same time adds an element of normality back in the situation x
Yeah I totally agree – technology is a wonderful thing!
Those are great ideas! It’s nice to get creative when things get rough to keep the spark going.
These are such cool ideas! ps – I love the style of your blog it’s so pretty and the layout is really cool x
Thank you x
There are some really fun and unique ideas here. I never would have thought of taking a virtual walk together, but that’s a fun way to get some fresh air while still connecting!
Thank you! Absolutely 😉
Awww! This actually sounds super romantic considering! If I ever had anyone to date (even if it’s long-distance), I probably would have used these tips!
Haha thank you x
I absolutely love these ideas. I can’t imagine being without George during this time as it’s just so stressful but I know some of these would help if that had been the case. Having dinner together over skype would be lovely and I totally agree about making plans for the future. Having something to hold on too and look forward to helps massively xx
Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk
It really does. I think having something to look forward to and hold on to is important for everyone in this situation!
That’s cool about watching things together on netflix even when not in the same houses! xx
It’s a really cool thing to be able to do!
I followed your Instagram @blacksheep.blog ✨ love your post 🦋
Thank you x
These are some actually adorable ideas! The Skype idea is so cute. I’ve got plans for seeing my significant other when the isolation period is over x
So sorry you’re not with them during this time x
Dinner over Skype is a great idea x
This is such a sweet idea, especially with friends too!
Love, Amie ❤
The Curvaceous Vegan
Thank you – yes it could definitely work with friends!
I’m loving coming across all these really interesting date ideas in the lockdown! People are getting so creative. Gaming is a great one, and we’re hoping to have a nice candlelit dinner and movie night over the Easter weekend.
They really are! It’s lovely to see! Awh that sounds so cute x
You’ve detailed some really great ways of staying connected with loved ones during all of this.
My boyfriend and I have been facetiming most days and playing animal crossing and watching films together, which I think is really helping. It’s such a strange time to be in a relationship, without seeing your other half! x
Em | http://www.emilyjanebirks.co.uk
I’m sure it is! I can’t imagine how you do it – really, hats off to anyone who’s managing a relationship when you’re not physically together during this time!
These are great ideas; and I guess like you said, can be used with friends and family as well. Its a very strange world at the moment that is taking some adjusting to; technology is brilliant though for keeping us all connected!
Thanks for sharing!
Technology really is saving lives at the moment!
aw some fab ideas here! it’s a weird time isn’t it x
It sure is x
This is cute, I suppose a lot would apply to friends too xx
Yeah definitely x
I’m not dating right now, but I love these tips. A movie night would be such a cute idea to do if you are dating.
You could absolutely do all of these with friends or family too 🙂
This is such a helpful post! I’m currently single AF and this pandemic certainly isn’t helping that… I’ll have to give some of these ideas a go! x
Becca // becc4 blog
Hahaha I can’t imagine it is helping but HEY at least you have all this time for yourself and only yourself!
I work in online dating and there are more people than ever depending on online chatting, messaging and connecting! Such a helpful post!
Wow I bet you have such a unique insight into how things are in the dating world at the moment!
What great ideas!
The Netflix thing sounds great! And having dinner together over Skype would be awesome!
It can work if you make it work right? 😊
Love Lozza xo
It absolutely can 🙂 I can imagine it’s so hard and will really test relationships during this time!
Sadly lockdown lead to a breakup for me haha (im not dwelling on it though) but these are all such good ideas, and i do feel for couples who cant be in lockdown together!
Oh babe I’m so sorry to hear that. Hope you’re doing okay x
My boyfriend and I have been doing a long distance relationship since I went to uni, but the lockdown has made it even harder for us! These are some great ideas that we’ll definitely be trying x
At least you have some experience!
I’m casually talking to people I match with on Hinge so I’m in a but big a weird place where I obviously can’t go out and meet them in public just yet. I get the impression that these dating ideas are pretty good and for anyone already in a relationship but maybe doesnt work as well as ideas for a first date with someone you’ve met online? Thanks for sharing though, enjoying reading it and getting a but more inspiration and motivation to think of some. Stay safe and stay sane 🙂
Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
Maybe not. But staying connected is always important.
Great ideas! These can be used for keeping in touch with friends too. 🙂
Absolutely! These would make really cute friend dates too!
Oh I love this, such cute ideas! I’m lucky enough to be on lockdown with my partner but I may share this to my friends that aren’t to help them not lose hope 🙂
Jess | jessinwonderland.com xx
Please do! I hope it helps them 🙂
Great post pet! I am self isolating with my partner in our home – I understand why ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ is a thing now [LOL]. We’re stuck for indoor date ideas at the moment but we’ve been playing card games most nights.
Stay safe! x
Carl and I need to start paying card games again! Though he’s a magician so he’s probably sick of the sight of cards by now!
Love these ideas! The virtual baking session sounds fun!
Right! I live with my partner but I’d love to try that anyway!
I think some of these are lovely ideas and although I don’t have a partner to do these with I do have my friends and I think it definitely a great way to stay connected during trying times like these.
They could absolutely be used for friends too 🙂
This actually sounds quite cute! While I find online dating awkward even without the face to face, this could be very interesting haha 🙂
I mean, they’d definitely help you get to know someone!
Love this! I’m lucky enough to have my husband around (But he is military and often away) but when he does go away I will definitely be using some of these ideas!
Ah well at least you have some experience of being apart!