Entertainment Love and Romance 7 Creative Long Distance Relationship Date Ideas Share PINTEREST Email Print Geber86/E+/Getty Images Love and Romance Relationships Sexuality Divorce Teens LGBTQ Friendship By Stacey Laura Lloyd University of Pennsylvania Stacey Laura Lloyd is an author with a passion for helping others find happiness and success in their dating lives as well as in their relationships. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Stacey Laura Lloyd Updated February 28, 2018 If you’re in a long distance relationship, it can be challenging to engage in date-like activities with your partner. After all, much of the time you share may be spent in different locales, time zones or even separate countries, which means that going out on a conventional date will likely have to wait. However, there are many fun and exciting ways for you and your partner to keep your connection strong and stay close even when you’re miles apart. Watch a Movie Together Sure, you and your partner may not live in the same area, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy this kind of classic date activity. In fact, there are websites that can enable you to watch videos online simultaneously, or you can always sync the time when you want to start a movie to which you both have access (Netflix, anyone?). And whether you choose a romantic film or not, utilizing speakerphone, FaceTime or Skype while watching a movie together can help to keep the dialogue alive between the two of you. Make a Meal Together Along these same lines, you can always put your laptop in the kitchen and spend a romantic evening or morning with your partner. Even though you’re cooking for one, you can enjoy the meal together as you virtually stare into each other’s eyes in every respect. And if you’re really looking to create a date-like ambiance, don’t be afraid to light candles, buy flowers and get dressed up for the occasion. While you may not be able to physically reach out and touch each other, these little extra touches can go a long way. Plan Your Next Visit If you’re looking for a fun date activity, why not focus on what you’ll be doing the next time you’re together? Will you walk hand-in-hand to a farmers market? Have a picnic in the park? Hit up a local jazz club? When you’re able to talk to each other about all of the fun, excitement, and romance that you’re going to have the next time you’re with one another, it can help keep you jazzed up about your relationship in general. Compete in Online Games If you have a competitive side, there are plenty of online games you can play with your partner that can make for a spirited date night. In fact, there are even websites specifically designed for couples in long distance relationships who are looking for a little friendly competition. Whether you choose a board game from your childhood or a card game geared toward adults, taking advantage of game night can be a great way to keep your relationship ahead of the game. Plan a Vacation Together Another exciting date night activity is to plan your ideal vacation together. For instance, would you prefer a beach destination or do you long for skiing and snow? By opening up about your dream vacations, this can actually create the perfect opportunity for you and your partner to open up about other hopes and desires as well, including the ones that pertain to your future as a couple. It’s also interesting to note that there are websites that actually enable you to take a virtual vacation together, which means you can share a unique experience with your partner without having to share a suitcase. Exercise Together If you want to keep your long distance relationship healthy while simultaneously keeping you and your partner healthy as well, you can also resolve to exercise together. Whether you talk on your Bluetooth when you’re out on a run, have a set time when you do push-ups together or are able to take advantage of the different apps that allow you to track each other’s progress, exercising together enables you to stay fit while showing how well you fit together as a couple. Take an Online Class Together If you and your partner share a love of learning, there are many different online courses that you can enroll in together. Whether you want to brush up on your French, dig into the world of web design or write your first TV pilot, you and your partner can connect on a deeper level by jointly learning new skills and hearing new ideas. Remember, when you sign up for a class together, you’ll likely learn a lot about each other as well.