Long distance relationships can be challenging to stay connected. Things can start getting dull sometimes in long distance love and you need to put in some effort to keep it interesting for you and your partner.
A long distance relationship isn’t everyone’s first choice, but sometimes responsibilities and opportunities have to take priority. In that case, you have to work hard to make your long distance love last. Sure you talk and text everyday but that can get stale. Thankfully, there are some creative ways to keep in touch.
Here are 15 clever date ideas and activities for long distance relationships
Set a goal and set up challenges for you two to complete. It could be a fitness goal like running at least five miles or losing weight. Another example could be decorating cookies, who decorate the cookies better? At the end, you can send your cookies to your long distance love. It could also be a silly challenge. Who can name the most boy bands? Who drink the most water in a day?
Mini book club
If you’re both bibliophiles, have your own couple’s book club. Choose a book, and then set some ground rules: As in one chapter to be completed every week, one book for one month etc. Then on a certain day, talk about what you like and what you didn’t like. You can join Amazon Prime and get Kindle unlimited here.
You can coordinate matching outfits to wear. You can do once a week or as often as you like. Take a picture and share to your social media. Or you can set up a joint account to share you coordinating ensembles with other followers.
Send Open When Letters
A good old fashioned set of open when letters can be the perfect pick-me-up for your partner. They can be any topic or theme you want. You can even include little trinkets or gifts. Open When letters are a great reminder of how your loved one is there for you, even if they are not physically there. You can download a free printable set of open when letters here.
Send each other on scavenger hunts
This has become like a recent trend. This can take a little bit of creativity and time but it is very interesting. Use messenger, YouTube and other social networks at your disposal. Include hidden clues, love songs, personal jokes on the way. Send your love on a beautiful hunt. This activity can connect you more and tell you more about how your partner thinks and what he/ she likes. It is very enjoyable at the same time. So, if you have enough time, plan a scavenger hunt for your special someone and let them explore your world.
Send a message in a bottle
This is a really romantic concept. Write a handwritten letter to make it more personal. Put your message in a bottle, cap it, write the ‘to’ and ‘from’ address on it and mail it. This will make your partner feel like they are in a beautiful story and it is beautiful because you are in it. So pick a bottle and send your letter and you’ll soon have a collection of bottles and love letters.
Take a free class together online
It is very important and engaging for couples to do activities together. But long distance relationship couples cannot plan a surprise trek or something like that randomly. So do something together online, learn something. This will also give you something to talk about and both of you would feel included. Just make sure you are not dragging your partner into doing something they don’t like. Choose something that interests both of you and you can both enjoy. There are also various online word games or quizzes specially made for long distance couples that you can play together.
Watch moves and TV shows at the same time
Streaming and DVR services make it so much easier for long distance couples to catch up on their favorite move or tv shows together. Look into Amazon prime or streaming service accounts to where you can enjoy some entertainment as a couple.
Share a journal together
There are various apps for long distance couples for private messaging and which also have special features that allow you to create info graphic or a digital photo album for you to store your happy memories and favorite songs. You can also share an online drive on Icloud or dropbox which can not only save your phone bills but also enhance your experience of sharing photos and videos to each other.
Play 20 questions
Make the questions fun. You can have a different theme every time you play. This way you will get to know more about your partner. These interactions can make your communication better and bring you closer even when you are miles away from them.
That’s what internet is for. Use your webcams, iPhones and tablets and make that video call. Have dinner together, talk and drink some wine. It is very important to keep your romance alive in a long distance relationship. Let your partner know that you absolutely adore them through such activities.
Send care packages
It is very nice to get an unexpected gift. If your girlfriend told you about an online dress she really liked, send it in as a surprise. You can attach love notes and sometimes encouraging and supportive notes if they are feeling down lately because of work or some other reason. Let them know you are there for them. Sometimes the care package can be you. Everyone likes a surprise visit.
You can use the apps to play games with each other. Snapchat sometimes has games where you can play with filters and challenge your partner. Other multiplayer app games include word games, puzzle games, and logic app games.
Join the world of massively multiplayer online roleplaying games.You can create your own avatars where you can have them go on a date together. Your avatar doesn’t have to be realistic. You can go for fantasy roles as well.
Speaking of games, you can also play regular video games together. Invest in a good headset and maybe a webcam, and you can guys can see and hear each other during your video game date. Work as a team or battle each other for date night fun. You can invite others to join in and make it a “group date”.
Have some creative fun instead of focusing on the longing. Spend as much time as you can making your long distance relationship interesting and it may last longer.
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