Being in a long-distance relationship can be tough, but there are ways to make the most out of the time you do get to spend together. Whether you’re in a new relationship and just starting to navigate long-distance dating, or you’re a seasoned pro, these date ideas are sure to help you connect with your partner and make those moments together count.

Virtual Dinner Date 🍴💻

Just because you’re not physically in the same location doesn’t mean you can’t still share a meal together. Set up a virtual dinner date using video chat. Decide on a menu beforehand and cook the meal together while chatting and catching up. Make sure you both have the same ingredients and recipe ahead of time, so you can still feel like you’re sharing the same experience. Light some candles, put on some romantic music, and enjoy each other’s company.

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Movie Night 🎥🍿👫

Who says a movie night has to be in the same room? Organize a virtual movie night with your partner. Choose a movie beforehand, and make sure you’re both streaming it at the same time. Use video chat or a messaging app to share your thoughts and reactions to the film as you watch it. Make it feel more like a true movie night by getting your favorite snacks and drinks beforehand.

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Board Games or Card Games 🎲🃏🕹️

Just like with movie night, you can still enjoy board games and card games with your partner even if you’re not physically together. Play a virtual game of cards or set up a virtual board game night. Websites and apps such as Board Game Arena or Tabletopia offer a range of games that you can play with someone else online. Just remember to be a gracious winner or loser!

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Take a Virtual Tour 🌍👫

Many museums and galleries now offer virtual tours online. Take advantage of these experiences by setting up a virtual tour with your partner. Choose a museum or gallery that you both have an interest in and explore together through a video chat. You can even plan to discuss your favorite pieces afterwards and share your thoughts.

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Exercise Together 💪🏋️‍♀️👬

Whether it’s yoga, running, or even lifting weights, exercising together is a great way to feel more connected with your partner. Use video chat or a fitness app to work out together, share fitness goals, and encourage each other. This can also be a great way to add a bit of healthy competition to your relationship.

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Plan a Future Vacation ✈️🌴👫

Just because you’re currently apart does not mean you can’t plan for the future. Use this time to plan and dream about where you want to go and what you want to do on your next vacation together. Research destinations, flight prices, and activities to do, then share your findings with your partner. This can be an exciting and anticipatory way to bring you both closer together.

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Being in a long-distance relationship can be challenging, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and meaningful experiences with your partner. Use these date ideas to help make the most out of the moments you have together and create lasting memories.

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